Dear Members,

We are writing to inform you of important information relating to your gym membership at Fitness First Blackburn.

Following the onset of COVID-19, the future viability of the DW Sports business has become materially uncertain due to the enforced closure of both the gym Portfolio and the Stores on 20th March 2020 and 23rd March 2020 respectively.

This extremely challenging business environment has unfortunately resulted in Dave Whelan Sports Limited (‘DWS’) being placed into Administration and Graham Newton and Ryan Grant, partners in BDO LLP, have been appointed as the Joint Administrators (‘the Administrators’) today the 3rd August 2020.

This administration impacts all of our DW Sports retail stores and some gyms. Fitness First remains a separate company and its 43 clubs are unaffected by the administration of DW Sports.

Your gym at Fitness First Blackburn remains closed currently as part of the Government regulations surrounding the Covid 19 pandemic and your account remains on freeze. We are hoping to open the site as and when the restrictions are lifted, hopefully during August, and to work with the Administrators to ensure this site remains operational in the long term.

Be assured we will keep you updated throughout the coming weeks.

In the meantime if you have any questions relating to this process please find a link to a set of FAQ’s which hopefully addresses all of the key questions you may have at this moment.


We thank you for your loyalty and we hope we will be here to continue to support your fitness journey in Fitness First Blackburn.

Best Regards

The Team at Fitness First

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