Following a successful launch, Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre’s official opening ceremony takes place on Saturday 15th June 2019.
Councillor Richard Bassett, Chairman of Epping Forest District Council will be cutting the opening ribbon along with Olympian Sharron Davies MBE. An Oceans of Fun event will also be taking place on the day providing swimming taster sessions for local youngsters.
Waltham Abbey Leisure Centre opened its doors in November 2018 and has received fantastic reviews from local residents. This impressive new facility has seen around 150k visitors enjoying brand new state of the art facilities including a gym, studios, indoor cycling and two pools.
Places Leisure were awarded the 20 year Design, Build Operate and Maintain contract with their construction partners Pellikaan and Architects Pozzoni.
Chris McCarthy, Centre Manager for Places Leisure said “To celebrate the success of this new £10m development in the heart of Waltham Abbey we are delighted to welcome the Chairman of Epping Forest District Council and Sharron Davies MBE to officially open the centre and hold a ribbon cutting ceremony. We’ve welcomed lots of members from the local community to the centre and look forward to helping local residents get active and stay active for many years to come.”
Councillor Bassett who first visited the site early in its construction said, “It is so pleasing to have watched this new centre go from a building site to a brand new state of the art leisure facility. It will be great to see the long term impact on the local community. I congratulate all those involved in this marvellous project.”
Sharron Davies represented Great Britain in the Olympics and European championships, and competed for England in the Commonwealth Games. She won a silver medal in the 400-metre individual medley at the 1980 Olympics in Moscow, and two gold medals at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton. Since retiring from the sport, she has worked as a television presenter and served as a patron of charities for disabled children and fitness. She was also a contestant on Dancing on Ice 2010.
The centre is also delighted to be hosting an Oceans of Fun event on the day, which will be attended by Olympians Grant Turner – London 2012 GB Swimmer and Genevieve Randall – GB synchro Swimmer. The event will feature an afternoon of skills and games across the different aquatic disciplines with every participant getting the chance to try each of the activities, supported and instructed by one of the athletes. The event finishes with a ‘beat the Olympian’ race!
If you would like to find out more about this event or the great new centre you can contact them on 01992 716733 or visit their website.