West Bromwich aims high to boost local employment prospects and community health
Young apprentices, councillors and leisure industry leaders gathered yesterday on the site of the new West Bromwich Leisure Centre to celebrate the wealth of opportunities that the state-of-the-art facility will offer to the local community.
The £12.5 million West Bromwich Leisure Centre is set to open in spring 2014. In addition to offering a range of sports and fitness classes for all ages and abilities, the facility will benefit locally based Future Skills Sandwell students by providing training and employment opportunities.
A time capsule, containing a snapshot of life in 2013, was buried by two apprentices from Future Skills Sandwell. The talented young apprentices were joined by Sandwell councillors in addition to representatives from DC Leisure, Pellikaan Construction and Roberts Limbrick Architects.
Councillor Steve Eling, Deputy Leader of Sandwell Council, commented: “With doom and gloom in the headlines, coming intoWest Bromwichand seeing fantastic regeneration and redevelopment work underway creates a really positive feeling. We are proud of the new opportunities planned for our young people and are confident that we are helping to grow a skilled and employable workforce. I’m staggered by the progress already made on the West Bromwich Leisure Centre site in such a short time and pleased that the facility will be a big part of the area’s future.”
Peter Kirkham, Development Director at DC Leisure, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work with Sandwell Council to encourage increased participation in physical activity and sport through a varied and exciting mix of programmes and facilities.”
Facilities in the new centre will include a 25m pool, learner pool, sauna and steam room, four-court sports hall, 100-station fitness suite, two dance studios/activity rooms, indoor children’s adventure play centre and cafe.