VIDEO: Inside Rugby’s new leisure centre

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A new era in Rugby’s leisure life begins this weekend with the opening of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee centre.

The Advertiser has been given a detailed tour of the state-of-the-art facility, which is hosting open days this weekend and is Rugby’s most ambitious building project since the library, museum and art gallery were constructed.

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, on the site of the old Ken Marriott Leisure Centre

Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre, on the site of the old Ken Marriott Leisure Centre

Visitors can take a plunge in the centre’s competition-standard swimming pool for £1 or join in a host of classes including yoga and Brazilian dance. Guests can also scale the centre’s climbing wall, enjoy gym taster sessions, badminton, mini tennis, and more. Entertainment also includes face painting, the chance to explore the centre’s Toddler’s World, and enjoy live music from Shepherd Construction’s Brass Band. It will open properly on Monday.

Jazz Holverson, manager of the centre, believes the centre will be one the people of Rugby will be proud of. He said: “My team and I are delighted to be involved in the launch of such a prestigious facility. I am sure the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre will soon become a hub for the local community. All customers visiting the centre this weekend will receive a very warm welcome from the staff and I am sure will share in our excitement of the launch of our centre.”

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre replaces the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, which served the borough for 40 years before it closed earlier this year. GLL, a charitable social enterprise, will run the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre on a not-for-profit basis, reinvesting profits into services. The new centre operates under the brand ‘ Better’ and was built by Shepherd Construction.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council’s portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, added: “We now have one of the most modern and best equipped centres in the region, a centre which will meet the needs of Rugbeians for a generation.”

The open weekend marks the end of phase one of the leisure centre development. Shepherd Construction then start work on phase two – completing the demolition of the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, building the new leisure centre car park and removing the temporary car park, which is all due to be completed by the end of September.