11:22 Thursday 24 January 2013

Leisure centre is in line for a £500,000 facelift

Written byRICH GUTTRIDGE

HALF a million pounds of improvements are to be made to a South Derbyshire leisure centre, it has been revealed.

Plans to upgrade facilities at Green Bank Leisure Centre, in Swadlincote, have been given the go-ahead after it was revealed the venue had been successful in bidding for a £150,000 grant from Sport England, which will help meet a large chunk of the cost.

The Civic Way centre is to be awarded the grant as part of Sport England’s ‘Places People Play’ Olympic legacy funding, aiming to enhance areas used for sport and leisure in the wake of the Games. It will the largest grant given anywhere in Derbyshire.

The cash will be used as part of a half-a-million-pound plan to ‘modernise’ the centre’s facilities which will see upgrades to changing rooms, and the bar and sauna area converted into rooms for exercise classes.

The pool viewing area, reception and café will also be refurbished under the plans, with work to begin within months.

John Lemmon, chairman of housing and community at South Derbyshire District Council, said: “The Green Bank Leisure Centre is well used and we hope that these improvements will encourage many more people to exercise.

“We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of our residents and it is fantastic that as part of our Olympic legacy we are able to make use of this funding to improve our facilities.

“This project will significantly enhance the customer experience for users, building on recent improvements to the wetside changing areas and helping to create a setting to inspire everyone to get fit, healthy and active.”

Sport England’s chairman, Richard Lewis, said: “This National Lottery investment is helping us deliver a lasting sporting legacy in South Derbyshire from last year’s successful Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“With so many clubs in the Midlands having benefited from this fund already and building on the success of last summer, this is the legacy people want for their local community.”

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