A community day that gave people in Sutton-in-Ashfield the chance to get active for free has been hailed as ‘amazing’ by three top athletes.
Everyone Active and Ashfield District Council hosted an action-packed open day at Lammas Leisure Centre on Saturday (3 November) in celebration of the site’s 10-year anniversary.
Former Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson, CBE, local Paralympic gold medallist Ollie Hynd, MBE, and former British national figure skating champion, David Richardson, joined visitors to enjoy a wealth of free activities that were hosted on the day.
Council Leader, Jason Zadrozny, was also in attendance, just as he was when the centre opened 10 years ago.
Colin Jackson, 51, said the 10-year anniversary was marked in the ‘best possible way’.
“Lammas Leisure Centre is an incredible site. Everyone who attended was full of energy and I could tell they really enjoyed the amazing activities on offer. Everyone Active and Ashfield District Council have celebrated the 10-year anniversary in the best possible way by opening up the doors to Lammas and letting people enjoy its fantastic facilities for free. With centres like these, it isn’t just about the working out and getting fit, it is the social element as well. Lammas is in the heart of the community, so when you’re celebrating an anniversary it is essential that everyone from the local area has the opportunity to join in.”
Visitors to the event had the opportunity to try out a number of free activities, including ice skating and swim sessions, fitness classes and gym workouts.
Pupils from Forest Glade Primary School delivered three renditions – Fly by Avril Lavigne, This Is Me as well as their own Happy Birthday twist – to a packed foyer, before the three athletes held a Q&A and autograph signing session. Each athlete also drew a winner from the raffle, which was held to raise money for local charity, Bobby’s Fund.
David Richardson, 31, kicked off an hour’s worth of figure skating showcases, with young local skaters Rebecca Gillespie, Meg McFarlane, Callum Mills, Daisy Daniels, Paige Elliot, Alana Pang, Lillie Pang. Freya Williams, Naomi Shaw, Amelia Allen, Caitlin Smithurst and the Lammas All Stars Synchro Team all delivering superb performances. The public then got their turn to take to the ice during a free skate session.
Visitors also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train alongside Colin Jackson when he joined in with an exclusive Fight Klub session, a high intensity fun workout set to music, which combines boxing, kick boxing and Thai boxing.
Swimmer Ollie Hynd kept local families entertained in the pool and even made a surprise appearance at the pre-school swimming lessons.
“It’s a little bit strange to think that 10 years ago I came here for the first session with Sutton Swimming Club! I was really proud to be part of this amazing event a decade on. It was great to see so many kids come down and enjoying being active. Lammas really has got a great facilities. There’s something for everyone and I hope the event has inspired people to come back and the most of the opportunities available to them.
“The event was absolutely amazing and it was great to be part of it. I saw people in every part of the venue and getting involved with everything that was on. To have the chance to come down and be part of it alongside Colin Jackson and Ollie Hynd, was brilliant.”