Olympic athletes make a splash to celebrate leisure centre opening

Olympic stars, Rebecca Adlington and Steve Parry joined more than 120 children to make a splash on Saturday (13 January) and celebrate the official opening of a local leisure centre.

Everyone Active and Bromsgrove District Council hosted a Total Swimming event at Bromsgrove Sports and Leisure Centre to officially celebrate the much-anticipated opening of the new facility.

Children from across the district jumped into the pool to join a host of Olympic stars and try out a number of water-based activities, including water polo, synchronised and fast swimming.

Guests of the event were welcomed by portfolio holder for leisure at Bromsgrove District Council, Cllr Whittaker, who officially opened the centre alongside regional director at Everyone Active, Jon Senior.

Four-time Olympic medallist, Rebecca Adlington, said: “The swimming pools at Bromsgrove Sports and Leisure Centre are fantastic and provide children from across the district with great venues to learn an invaluable life-saving skill. I hope that everyone who attended the event had a brilliant time and learnt new skills that will inspire them to swim more often.”

Cllr Peter Whittaker, Portfolio-holder for Leisure said: “This facility is a new jewel in Bromsgrove’s crown so it was fitting that a sporting celebrity such as Rebecca Adlington, was a part of this open day.”

In addition to hosting a Total Swimming Event, Everyone Active offered a number of free activities for families, including group exercise classes, as well as family climbing and swim sessions.

Jon Senior, regional director at Everyone Active, said: “It was an honour to welcome Rebecca Adlington and Steve Parry to join us in opening Bromsgrove Sports and Leisure Centre.

“We are very proud of the new centre and we look forward to encouraging even more people to become more active, more often with the extensive range of facilities that are now available for people across the district.”

Richard Fielding, Morgan Sindall’s area director in the Midlands, added: ““Encouraging active and healthy lifestyles is a key objective for local authorities, and one assisted by the provision of first-class, modern facilities for people to exercise in.

“We’re incredibly pleased to have delivered such an important addition to the council’s leisure portfolio. It’s gratifying to see local people enjoying it and that the children here today are so enthused by two of the country’s sporting heroes.”

Bromsgrove Sports and Leisure Centre officially opened its door the public on Monday 27 November, replacing the pre-existing Dolphin Leisure Centre. The new site boasts a 100-station fitness suite, which is double the size of that at the previous centre, and a 25m, six lane swimming pool and teaching pool. Along with a spa and climbing centre.