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Gym boost could bring county level badminton centre

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

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FACILITIES are set to expand at Etwall Leisure Centre, in a bid to improve the offering for people in the local area.

A gym extension, new dance studio and refurbished tennis and netball courts have been planned for the centre in the £400,000 scheme.

The work could lead to the establishment of a county level Badminton Performance Centre, as it will release space and court time for practice to take place.

The projects are due to be discussed at a meeting of South Derbyshire District Council next week.

In a document due before the authority on Monday, director of community and planning services Stuart Batchelor said: “Etwall Leisure Centre is a very successful dual-use leisure facility, which has the capacity to become even more popular, providing quality facilities for education, participation and performance by the local community.”

The centre, on Hilton Road, is a joint venture between John Port School and South Derbyshire District Council.

The latest project to be completed there was the installation of an artificial grass pitch.

It is hoped the new developments will increase pupil participation and benefit the community.

The district council has confirmed it has a potential allocation of £150,000, and further funds will come from the school and Active Nations, which has a management contract at the centre.

An application has also been submitted for a £90,000 grant from the Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund.

Changes to the gym, which are thought to be the ‘most advantageous’ to the centre, will see a significant extension, allowing more space for daytime curriculum use and for the community.

The new dance studio will also make a big difference, the council says, as by redeveloping a school gym in this way could release space currently used for badminton use.

Other changes include the floodlighting and refurbishment of at least two netball and tennis courts, and the provision of a removable partition wall, which can be used in the main foyer area to provide a better environment for classes and spectators.

Councillors will discuss the matters at a meeting on Monday evening.

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