Rugby Union international welcomed the local community to new look centre

Scottish rugby union player Max Evans welcomed the local community to Taro Leisure Centre for the official opening of the centre.

Saturday 12 January marked the official opening of Taro Leisure Centre after leading leisure provider Everyone Active and East Hampshire District Council invested £2.8million into refurbishing the facility.

On the day, Evans set gym challenges for members to before spending time meeting the community and taking part in fitness classes.

The refurbishment project began in January 2018 and customers will now be able to enjoy a range of new facilities including a larger gym, a new group cycling studio, a soft play area and new reception area.

The 2018 Dancing on Ice finalist said: “Taro Leisure Centre is absolutely brilliant. I’ve been blown away by the facilities here and the money put into the refurbishment to create this centre for people.

“I was lucky enough to be active when I was a kid and my whole life but that’s dependent on having facilities like this and what Everyone Active have done here is providing so many opportunities to get active. Staying active is so important for people’s health and there is something for everyone here at Taro.”

Chris West, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “It was great to see so many of the local community come to the centre on Saturday to see the new look facilities. We’re really pleased with how the centre looks and we’re pleased to share this with the local community.

“It was great to have Max [Evans] at the centre and I want to thank him for his time on Saturday. I also want to thank everyone for their patience during the refurbishment project.”

Leader of East Hampshire District Council, Cllr Richard Millard, said: “The new centre looks absolutely amazing. Everyone Active has done an incredible job in refurbishing the centre and transforming it into a fresh, modern facility ready for the people of Petersfield.

“Everyone in East Hampshire should have the opportunity to lead fit and active lifestyles and that is why we have committed more than £30 million to improving facilities across the district, including two new centres being delivered in Whitehill & Bordon and in Alton.”