A NEW, state-of-the-art £146,000 exercise facility is now ready to hit the roads after a two-year project.

iCan Health & Fitness CIC has spent the last two years designing and developing its Wheels of Wellness (WoW) facility and it is now ready to offer fitness sessions to rural communities across Cumbria.

“We have been working hard during the pandemic to be able to provide our mobile health and wellbeing offering to Cumbria, and we are very excited to have it here and ready to take out and get helping people all around this amazing county,” explained project manager Matthew Wood.

WoW has been designed to provide rebounding sessions for anyone between five and 105 years old, and can be tailored for isolated communities, community centres, children’s birthday parties, corporate events, school hire and private events

The facility has been funded, sponsored and supported by Sport England, Cumbria Community Foundation, bellicon, Xquisite Productions, Dodd & Co accountants, Criffel Vue Private Hire and community donations through their crowdfunder campaign

Julia Clifford, iCan Health & Fitness managing director, “The WoW facility has been a passion project of mine for over two years, and for the moment of truth to finally arrive is surreal and exciting all at the same time.

“We truly hope the people of Cumbria find benefit and long-term improvements from using WoW and more importantly enjoy themselves doing it”.

The gym will spend six weeks in each local community, before it then moves on to its next location. iCan hopes to leave a legacy in each community, recruiting Active Brew Champions and leaving exercise booklets behind.

On the itinerary for the bus so far are two visits to the Morton estate in Carlisle and two to Barrow, one in the town centre and one on Walney Island.