Local Paralympian Rebecca Redfern this week (16 January) opened Evesham Leisure Centre’s extension in the presence of civic dignitaries and honoured guests at the official opening ceremony.
Rebecca made her Paralympic debut in the 2016 Rio Olympics and is a well know para swimmer.
She was joined by Chairman of Wychavon Cllr. Tony Rowley and Chairman of Wychavon Leisure, Stuart Megarry in officially opening the new facility that was completed in early January by contractor Speller Metcalfe.
Cllr. Gerry O’Donnell, portfolio holder for housing, health and wellbeing at Wychavon said “This is a tremendous new facility and we’re thrilled at the additional facilities that have been made available for customers. This represents an extra £3million worth of investment which is directly improving the health, fitness and general wellbeing of our residents - good news for everyone. It’s also wonderful that it is the new home to the Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab who provide a brilliant service to those recovering from cardiac issues.”
Peter Williams, Managing Director of Wychavon Leisure said “Since the opening of Evesham Leisure Centre in 2009, it has become an important part of the fabric of the community. As a local social enterprise we are delighted to be a partner in this innovative project which will both improve and extend the facility together with helping to improve the health of our community.”
Bill Cave, Small Works director at Speller Metcalfe said “As a local building contractor we were delighted to work with Wychavon District Council to update and extend the facilities at Evesham Leisure Centre. We are really pleased with the end result that will benefit existing members as well as encourage more people in the local area to get active.”
The new two-storey extension to Evesham Leisure Centre represents a £3million transformation which improves and extends the facilities to meet the demands of growing numbers of customers. This represents a total of £13million worth of capital investment on the site to date.
The existing fitness room area has been refurbished and extended to provide a new weights area. The fitness area has been fitted with new equipment for cardio, strength and free weight workouts.
The new extension has:
- Two new studios both equipped with sprung floors, sound systems and coloured lighting, in addition the dance studio has a large mirror and dance barre.
- A new and expanded therapy treatment suite.
- Meeting rooms and associated kitchenette and toilet facilities.
- Fully accessible toilet with hoist for disabled customers.
An additional 91 car parking spaces have been created on site and the car park has been resurfaced to provide improved parking facilities.
The event also coincided with Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab’s 10 year anniversary celebrations and provided guests with the opportunity to find out more about the facilities provided at in the new extension as well as seeing the full extension in all it’s glory.
For more information on membership of Evesham Leisure Centre go to www.riversfitness.co.uk
Pictured left to right – Chairman of Wychavon, Cllr. Tony Rowley, Paralympian, Rebecca Redfern and Chairman of Wychavon Leisure, Stuart Megarry.