The brand new £7.5m Tewkesbury Leisure Centre opened to the public for the first time on Monday 30th May.
Funded by Tewkesbury Borough Council, the new state of the art centre will be managed in a 10-year contract by operator Places for People Leisure. The new centre will provide the local community with an enhanced Amateur Swimming Association teaching programme, additional time for aquatic classes and will offer group exercise classes.
Tewkesbury Leisure Centre features a 60 station fitness suite with top of the range fitness equipment, a 25m five-lane main pool, a 20m teaching pool and two studios, as well as a sauna and steam room. The centre also features a children's splash area, designed specifically with little ones in mind to help build up confidence with water in a fun and safe environment. A rain shower and mushroom fountain have been installed, as well as jets that gently shoot water up from the floor. In the teaching pool, there are also water jets on the poolside which squirt into the water.
Excitingly, another addition to Tewkesbury Leisure Centre is the inflatable 'aquarun'. It is a floating assault course which will be available for young (and young at heart!) swimmers to use during splash sessions and it will also be available to hire for children's parties. To encourage children to be more physically active, children under eight can also swim for free.
Hoists for disabled people have also been installed in both pools and a dedicated 'Changing Places' changing room with lifting hoist and a shower bed is available for those who need it.
Matt Cotton, General Manager at Tewkesbury Leisure Centre, said: "It’s fantastic to see the local community using and enjoying the wonderful new facilities that the centre has to offer. The feedback from customers has been great and we’re looking forward to welcoming more people in over the summer."
John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure commented on the opening of the centre: "Places for People Leisure are proud to work in true partnership with Tewkesbury Borough Council and are confident that the new state of the art facilities will be well received by the local community, encouraging more people to participate in a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity."