Gold-medal swimmer Rebecca Adlington launches leisure centre celebration

A day to celebrate the arrival of one of the biggest and best leisure centres in the South takes place on Saturday 17 February – with one of the UK’s greatest ever swimmers taking part.

Olympic double-gold medallist, Rebecca Adlington, will join the team at Places Leisure Eastleigh for the Community Celebration Day. The day is designed to raise awareness of Places Leisure Eastleigh’s excellent facilities and encourage more local people to use the centre to raise their fitness levels and live healthier lifestyles.

People across the region are being invited to come along between 10am and 3pm and try a wide range of activities, with ‘have a go’ taster sessions, including the Gymnastics Academy; Premier Tennis; Topflight Badminton; Virtual Spin, Squash, Netball and Walking Netball.

Developed by the Borough Council, Places Leisure Eastleigh is committed to making facilities accessible to all, and there will be disability sport and activity sessions, and a chance to inspect the excellent Changing Places facilities. The Paralympic sport of Boccia will also be showcased.

The centre is the flagship for the Council’s HealthWorks programme, and drop-in sessions at the on-site Health Hub will include information on free health checks, the Macmillan Cancer Physical Activity Scheme and the Quit 4 Life smoking cessation programme.

The replacement for Fleming Park Leisure Centre, off Passfield Avenue, Places Leisure Eastleigh opened at the end of November and since then has received very positive reviews from users. The state-of-the-art leisure facilities include: an eight-lane, 25-metre swimming pool (an increase from six lanes on its predecessor), a larger learner pool with an adjustable floor depth, and a 15-badminton court sports hall (one of the largest in the South), together with spacious fitness suites, studios, squash courts and an already popular café that opens onto Fleming Park.

Borough Council Leader, Councillor Keith House, said:

‘Places Leisure Eastleigh has already established itself as a major destination for sport, fitness and promoting the health of people in our communities – and we have been delighted by the very positive feedback it has received from customers. We are looking forward to showing our new venue to Rebecca, and opening our doors to people who may not have tried the superb facilities and the activities that take place there.’

Co-funded by Sport England, who contributed £2 million to the scheme, Places Leisure Eastleigh is operated by Places for People Leisure.