One of the UK’s greatest ever swimmers took part in a day to celebrate the arrival of one of the biggest and best leisure centre's in the South.
Olympic double-gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, joined the team at Places Leisure Eastleigh for the Community Celebration Day. The day was designed to raise awareness of Places Leisure Eastleigh’s excellent facilities and encourage more local people to use the centre to raise their fitness levels and live healthier lifestyles.
People across the region tried a wide range of activities, with ‘have a go’ taster sessions, including the Gymnastics Academy; Premier Tennis; Topflight Badminton; Virtual Spin and Squash.
Developed by the Borough Council, Places Leisure Eastleigh is committed to making facilities accessible to all, and disability sport and activity sessions featured strongly, with a chance to inspect the excellent Changing Places facilities. The Paralympic sport of Boccia was also showcased.
The centre is the flagship for the Council’s HealthWorks programme and drop-in sessions at the on-site Health Hub included information on free health checks, Macmillan Cancer Physical Activity Scheme and the Quit 4 Life smoking cessation programme.
Cabinet Lead for Leisure Cllr Alan Broadhurst said: “Places Leisure Eastleigh has already established itself as a major destination for sport, fitness and promoting health of people in our communities – and we have been delighted by the very positive feedback it has received from customers.”
Co-funded by Sport England, who contributed £2 million to the scheme, Places Leisure Eastleigh is operated by Places for People Leisure.