Dear Members,

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

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 remains closed currently as part of the Scottish Government regulations surrounding the Covid 19 Pandemic. It is our intention to work with the Administrators to ensure a number of our sites remain operational in the long term as and when the restrictions are lifted by the Scottish Government, however, we regret to inform that your gym will not be reopening and will now remain closed for business as part of this process.

If you wish to remain a member of Fitness First, you can transfer your membership to a club that is remaining open by completing the link (HERE) and we will be in contact when we have details of the Scottish reopening plans.

We are aware as an annual lump sum paying member that the closure of your gym as part of the administration, means you have paid for a period of time that you cannot use. We will write to you within the next 7 days with further details.

This has clearly been a very difficult decision for the business, in many of the areas we have become a real part of the fitness community and we thank the staff and our Customers for the many years we have enjoyed at each and every site.

Your local DW Sports retail store will continue to trade during August, and we have today officially moved into ‘Closing Down sale’ with all remaining products reduced to at least 40% off. This is a final opportunity to take advantage of some of our fantastic ranges at truly great prices.

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.


Once again thank you for your custom over the years and good luck for the future in achieving all of your fitness goals.

Best Regards

The Team at Fitness First

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