£25m Wycombe Leisure Centre opens for business
A new era of sport dawned on the district this week when the doors to the £25m Wycombe Leisure Centre re-opened to the public.
Members of the public, eager to be the first to use the fantastic new centre, joined Wycombe District Council Chairman, Cllr Ian McEnnis, as he cut the ribbon and handed over the keys to Centre Manager Stuart Lee from centre operator Places for People Leisure at 10am on Tuesday 7th January.
Centre users will now be able to scale the 10m high climbing wall and play a wide variety of different sports in the multi-use 12-court sports hall. The sports hall can be used for a range of different activities including badminton, football, basketball, cricket in the nets and there will also be weekly sessions for children to jump around an inflatable play area.
Residents will be able to get in shape in the 150-station gym, featuring equipment from Precor, Matrix Fitness, Escape Fitness, Octane Fitness, Queenax, Gravity and Les Mills and work up a sweat in fitness classes held in the spin and dance studios. The launch of a brand new workout class last week, ‘Fight Klub’ saw over 60 attendees turn up to trial the first session.
After a fun work out, visitors will then be able to kick back and relax in the sauna and steam room, and the new café area by the open reception area.
The new facility replaces the former Wycombe Sports Centre, which was closed last month after 40 years. The new centre features a 50m swimming pool, which will allow youngsters to splash around in the community pool and the new Splash Pad zone, in addition to boasting several squash courts, a four-rink bowls centre and meeting rooms.
The centre also saw local League Two football team, Wycombe Wanderers, pop in to test out the facility. The squad were put through their paces in the gym by manager Gareth Ainsworth and the coaching team ahead of the club’s FA Cup clash with Aston Villa at Adams Park on Saturday, which saw them draw 1-1.
Tom Goodhand, PfPL Regional Director commented on the opening of the centre: “Places for People are delighted that Wycombe Leisure Centre has opened as planned and the project has been the result of a great team effort led by Wycombe District Council. We are proud to work closely with the Council across the District and we are confident that the state of the art facilities will be really well received by the local community.”
The leisure centre is part of the council’s Handy X Hub development, with the first phase also including a new Waitrose supermarket – which opens in the spring – and the High Wycombe Coachway, opening later this month, incorporating an improved park-and-ride service.