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Football Legend Paul Scholes Joins Children in Launching Scholes Gym

Football legend Paul Scholes has joined forces with children Arron and Alicia to open a new state-of-the-art gym,  Scholes Gym, in his hometown, Oldham.

The 10,000 sq. ft development, designed by award-winning designer Mark Mason, sees a £500k investment, bringing new life to Lees Road.

Designed over two floors, the impressive facility features a functional fitness area with personalised track; personalised steel dumbbells; pin and plate loaded elite bodybuilding machines; a bespoke Astroturf; and top-of-the-range kit such as the plate loaded fly, which is designed to hit all chest muscle fibres.

Members also have access to a Batak reaction machine, a piece of kit rarely found outside of professional sports studios and applauded by elite sportspeople including Paul for improving reaction, hand eye coordination and stamina.

A range of cardio equipment with treadmills, assault bikes, rowers and ski ergs is also available to members with an enclosed studio playing host to cardio, strength, and conditioning classes including HIIT, Functional Fitness, and Abs Blast.

The Strong Agency was pleased to promote the launch providing media with an exclusive first look at the gym.  Widespread broadcast, print and online coverage was enjoyed including ITV News, TalkSport, The Manchester Evening News, The Manc, Global, Manchester World, Insider Media to name but a few.

Scholes Gym is open now.  To register visit

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ACAI Outdoorwear Appoints The Strong Agency

The agency is delighted to have been appointed as the national retained PR agency for premium women’s outdoorwear brand, ACAI.

The leading outdoor clothing company revolutionised the women’s outdoorwear market in 2016 with the launch of its Skinny Outdoor Trouser, legwear that fits like a skinny jean but has all the performance benefits of an outdoor trouser.  Now, following another record year, the business is expanding with an extended collection and new premises.

The Strong Agency will handle the brand’s national trade and consumer PR, with a focus on raising brand awareness, driving online sales, and partnership amplification.  The agency will also work on ACAI’s content strategy, building a community of women with a shared love of the outdoors.

Work is already underway with the team supporting ACAI throughout the pandemic, a period which has seen the pioneering business enjoy exponential growth, despite the challenges of Covid-19.

Speaking on the appointment, ACAI Co-Founder and Managing Director, Joe Bromley, said: “Contrary to the difficulties many businesses unfortunately face at this time, our investment and growth are continuing.

“We’ve ambitious plans and are pleased to work with The Strong Agency to grow our brand awareness.  The agency’s expertise in the retail and outdoor sector combined with its passion for ACAI impressed us from the off.  We’ve no doubt that Strong’s creative and strategic approach, combined with its established network of contacts, will be of significant value to the business.”

Founder of The Strong Agency, Julie Wilson, added: “This is a brilliant appointment for the agency, playing to both our sector strengths and our personal interests.

“With over 15 years’ retail PR experience we are well placed to contribute to the continued growth and success of ACAI.   The collection is incredibly strong, combining high-end, fashionable shapes with the latest in technological innovation, to achieve a range that delivers on both style and performance.  We couldn’t be more pleased to work together.”


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