Hundreds of residents dived in at the opportunity to try out the new facilities at Linslade’s revamped leisure centre on Sunday.
And they were joined by some special guests, with several Olympians attending the free family fun day at lifestyles@tiddenfoot.
Fran Leighton, who is currently captain of the GB women’s water polo team and who competed at London 2012, Adam Whitehead, who competed for Great Britain in the 100m and 200m breaststroke at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and synchronised swimmer Hannah Green, who has competed for Great Britain and was also part of Britain’s Got Talent finalists Aquabatique, were at the relaunch of the former Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre.
The packed venue hosted an Oceans of Fun swimming event for children, alongside a whole host of family fun activities and taster sessions.
More than 200 children tried out fast swimming, synchronised swimming, lifesaving and water polo, all coached by the Olympic stars. Other visitors enjoyed taster sessions in badminton, bowls and trampolining, while fun games, gym training, Zumba classes and Pilates were all on offer, as part of Central Beds Council’s overall aim of promoting great lifestyles.
The trio joined other dignitaries including Central Beds Council chairman Cllr Caroline Maudlin and Executive Member for Community Services, Cllr Brian Spurr, to mark the official opening of the leisure centre, where the council has invested £2million in making it state of the art – part of a £20million investment to refurbish all six of Central Bedfordshire’s leisure centres over a two-year period.
Cllr Spurr said: “It was great to see so many people taking the chance to enjoy the fantastic new facilities at lifestyles@tiddenfoot. The work which has taken place reflects the council’s continued commitment to leisure facilities across the region – and judging by the smiles on visitors’ faces, it is definitely money well spent.”
The new fitness suite has doubled in size and now boasts the new Artis range from Technogym, as well as a new heavy weights area and a wide range of resistance-training equipment, while the gym has been kitted out with internet access and iPhone/iPad docking stations.
Work also took place to make the entrance and reception areas more welcoming, with a Costa café in place, while the centre also boasts a six-lane swimming pool, variable depth pool, sports hall and squash courts.
The revamp took longer than initially planned, due to more internal work being needed at the leisure centre than anticipated before the refurbishment could start.
The centre is open seven days a week, with a range of different membership options available. For more information visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/lifestyles.