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Former England footballer Tom Huddleston cuts the opening ribbon

Kirkby Leisure Centre celebrates a year of success

Kirkby Leisure Centre has underlined its huge popularity by recording more than 300,000 visits in its first year open.

The £15.5million facility, run in partnership with Everyone Active, opened on Saturday, 6 August 2022 and celebrated a year open on Sunday 6 August 2023.

The centre has nearly 2,500 fitness members, while 400 people are part of the award-winning swim lesson scheme. Some 85,000 swim attendances were recorded in the past year.

Regularly attracting more than 25,000 visits each month, Kirkby is well ahead of the average 8,000 monthly visits to the former Festival Hall Leisure Centre.

Kirkby boasts an 85-station gym, 25m swimming pool, group exercise studio, group exercise studio, soft play, four-court sports hall, five fun climb walls and a café.

Leader of Ashfield District Council, Jason Zadrozny said:

“What a year it has been! We’re immensely proud of what we have achieved at Kirkby Leisure Centre. We promised the people of Kirkby a swimming pool and state-of-the-art facilities and we have delivered that and more. Kirkby Leisure Centre is an incredible facility and a huge asset to the community to help improve health and wellbeing across the District.”

Lorenzo Clark, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said:

“It’s been a fantastic first year for Kirkby Leisure Centre. We knew the centre would be popular but we’ve been bowled over by the level of demand and it’s amazing to see.
“We are thrilled that so many people are enjoying the centre and experiencing the wide range of activities on offer.
“Our prices are extremely fair and in return, the public are getting state-of-the-art facilities which are accessible to everyone, no matter what your age, ability or interests.
“We are really positive that we can grow our membership numbers in our second year and that the local community will continue to get the most out of this fantastic centre.”


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