NEWBOLD Comyn Leisure Centre has finally welcomed the public following a multi-million pound revamp.
The extensively-refurbished centre, which was recently taken over by fitness company Everyone Active, reopened its doors today Monday (August 21).
It boasts a new 25-metre swimming pool, gym and two new fitness studios.
Visitors can use temporary changing rooms until work is fully complete in spring 2018. By then the former council-owned centre will open its unisex changing facilities and a new sports hall.
The changing rooms used to be based upstairs, but the new layout will see facilities right next to the pool and a separate set of facilities upstairs next to the gym.
Warwick District Council has pumped nearly £15million into upgrading facilities at Newbold Comyn and St Nicholas Park, which caused controversy when it was announced a private firm would take over the running of the facilities.
But Everyone Active say they received a good reaction to plans for the leisure services it runs in the district, which include St Nicholas Park, Abbey Fields swimming pool, Castle Farm in Kenilworth, John Atkinson Sports Centre and Meadow Community Sports Centre.
However, some are less than impressed by the increase in prices with the pay-as-you-go senior gym fees being hit hardest, with a 58 per cent rise from £2.75 to £4.35. The firm said the increase reflected the improvement to facilities and additional state-of-the-art equipment.
Spokesman Coun Michael Coker said: “I’m delighted to see the much anticipated reopening of Newbold Comyn and the completion of phase one of our ambitious leisure centre redevelopment programme, I very much hope that local people will come along and try out the wonderful new facilities in particular the state-of-the-art fitness studios and gym.
“There’s also much more to come with opening of the refurbished swimming pool and new changing facilities at St Nicholas Park, and the completion of both centres.”
To celebrate the official reopening, Everyone Active is inviting the community to try out some of the stateof-the-art facilities for free of charge. Visitors will be given the chance to tour the gym, which has more than 100 pieces of equipment, and free swimming sessions will be available on Monday and Tuesday, August 21 and 22.
Visit https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/newbold-comyn-leisure-centre/ for more details and to book.