The £3.5million refurbishment of Leiston Leisure Centre is also giving a fitness boost to a local academy.
Work began on Leiston Leisure Centre on Monday, 3 September. As part of the refurbishment, the centre will get new, state-of-the-art leisure equipment.
However, the gym's current equipment is still high quality and has many years of use left in it, so Suffolk Coastal District Council has donated it to the nearby Alde Valley Academy to bolster its ability to encourage youngsters to keep fit.
Cllr TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Customers, Communities and Leisure said:
“Suffolk Coastal and Alde Valley Academy have worked closely together in the past and we look forward to continue to do so in the future to improve the health of the community and the quality of facilities available,”
The academy’s Physical Education team choose a mixture of mainly Techno Gym CV and fixed resistance equipment from the leisure centre, which has now been installed and is available for use by the students.
Dan Mayhew, Principal of Alde Valley Academy said:
“Alde Valley Academy is extremely pleased to be working with Suffolk Coastal and Places Leisure. The school is committed to inspiring our students to motivate them to want to develop a healthy body and healthy mind. These cardiovascular and weight machines of public gym quality will help us to achieve this with our students,”
This ‘recycling’ of the gym equipment to the local academy supports Suffolk Coastal’s strategic aim of encouraging people of all ages in the District to live healthier lifestyles and become more active.
The refurbished Leiston Leisure Centre has been designed with the Council’s leisure development partner, Pulse Design & Build and operators, Places Leisure, to include a new spacious gym with modern equipment, and a new health suite by the pool area.
The plans also include a high quality village style changing area by the pool. This will be family friendly with cubicles for parent and child, separate changing areas for groups, which can also be used by the public when empty and individual changing cubicles and showers.
More fitness classes will be available with two new dance studios and a group cycling studio, which will also serve as multi-bookable rooms.
The refurbishment is part of the Council’s five year programme to improve leisure facilities for the district and encourage more people to become more active.
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One of Suffolk Coastal’s 10 priorities in its Business Plan focuses on the need to provide high-quality, modern leisure centres that the whole community can enjoy, with state-of-the-art equipment, that come at no additional cost to the tax payer.
The work builds on the progress made by the Leisure Strategy, agreed in 2014, which sets out how improvements to the leisure provision will be made across the district, over the next decade.
A five-year programme was launched to upgrade the council-owned leisure centres, with Deben Leisure Centre as the first facility to be upgraded, followed by Leiston and then Felixstowe. The work on Deben Leisure Centre was completed in June 2018.