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New Workington leisure centre proves hugely popular with customers

Workington Leisure Centre (JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY)
Workington Leisure Centre (JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY)

Allerdale Borough Council’s new swimming pool and leisure centre in Workington is proving hugely popular with nearly three times more customers than were using the town’s old sports centre.

The new centre welcomed 8,902 customers through its doors in its opening week from 19-25 Sept. In the same week last year the old centre at Moorclose had just around 3,000 visitors. In addition hundreds of people enjoyed the free events on offer during the new centre’s opening weekend.

Workington Leisure Centre (JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY)
Workington Leisure Centre (JENNY WOOLGAR PHOTOGRAPHY)

Michael Heaslip, portfolio holder with responsibility for the Council-owned sports facilities said: “This is fantastic news – but not surprising given the high quality of what is on offer at the new swimming pool and leisure centre.

“I’m so pleased that it is proving so popular with residents and visitors alike, and justifies the Council’s decision to make this investment into its new sporting facilities. The Council’s priorities include improving health and wellbeing, and the attractiveness and viability of our town centres. This new centre shows we are delivering and no-one should be in any doubt as to our ambition for this area and its people.”

The £11.3m new centre opened on 17 September 2016 after some 18 months under construction. It is situated on Griffin Street in the centre of Workington. It boasts an eight-lane 25m pool, learner pool with a movable floor, sports hall, 90-station gym, squash courts and 3G outdoor pitches. The new centre operates under the Better brand, the customer facing brand of GLL, the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise.

Leisure centre users are also entitled to two-hours free parking at the Council’s Brow Top Car Park.

To find out what activities are on offer go to www.better.org.uk/workington.

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