At the heart of our local community in Tyldesley, Atherton and Astley since 2012, the Pelican Centre helps people to feel good mentally, physically and socially through fitness, friendship and charitable support.
Fully independent, self-funded through memberships and a registered charity, our affordable and accessible swim, gym, classes and community spaces help you to achieve your fitness goals and offer fantastic opportunities to learn a new skill, to connect with others and to support those who need it.
A recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2022 – the MBE for voluntary organisations - the Pelican Centre is run by a dedicated team of permanent staff, volunteers and trustees, with facilities including a full-size swimming pool, fully-equipped air-conditioned gym and a classes hall, with community spaces available for small groups or meetings.
Starting life as the 950-seat Majestic Cinema in 1923, the building was transformed into Tyldesley Swimming Pool in 1964. Under threat of closure in 2011, a local community group was formed and took over management of the Pelican Centre on 1st April 2012.
We’re now proud to be Wigan Borough’s largest independent charitable facility, and we work closely with other single-site centres around the country to support community ownership of these essential amenities.
The Pelican Centre’s mission is to help our local community to feel good mentally, physically and socially through fitness, friendship and charitable support.
Accessible & affordable fitness, with pressure-free activity & training to achieve your goals.
Charitable outcomes that support our local area, & sociable groups that connect people.
Committed to your wellbeing, volunteering opportunities & continual facilities investment.
A place where every member of the community is welcome & part of our success.
The Pelican Centre was thrilled to receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2022, Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee year.
The QAVS is equivalent to an MBE and is awarded annually to voluntary organisations, recognising the valuable contribution volunteers make to communities in the UK.
A group of Pelican Centre trustees, staff and members attended the formal presentation ceremony in August 2022 to receive the QAVS from the Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester, her Vice Lord-Lieutenant and High Sheriff of Greater Manchester.
Pelican Centre trustees, staff & members receive The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in August 2022 from (L-R) the High Sheriff, the Lord-Lieutenant & the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Greater Manchester.