More than 5,000 people turned out to join double Olympic champion, Rebecca Adlington, and local Rio golden girl, Alex Danson, to help Hart District Council and Everyone Active open the doors to the new Hart Leisure Centre in Hampshire. Hart District Council has invested more than £23million in the new centre, which boasts top-of-the-range equipment and facilities. As well as three new swimming pools, a 130-station gym, four exercise studios and an eight-court sports hall, the centre will introduce a range of brand new facilities, including a climbing wall, multiple outdoor sports pitches, as well as a sauna and steam room.
David Love, Everyone Active’s Area Contract Manager in Hart, said: “The new centre’s improved design, increased provision of swimming space and enlarged activity offer means it is better equipped to cater for local people’s health and fitness needs, and shows Everyone Active’s commitment to Hart District Council’s long established philosophy of supporting the health of its residents and ensuring they have access to top-class leisure facilities.”
At the opening event, Rebecca Adlington jumped into the pool to start a host of water-based activities for more than 100 local children. Swimmers got to try their hand at synchronised swimming and water polo, as well as well as race against former Olympians Cassie Patten and Craig Figes