New Rugby leisure centre will mark Jubilee year

Picture by freelance photographer Paul Bunyard.
Picture by freelance photographer Paul Bunyard.

As one door closes, another will open later this year as building work gets underway for a new leisure centre – marking a new era in Rugby.

The Ken Marriott Leisure Centre closed for the final time following all the daily activities on Sunday, after serving the Rugby community for 40 years.

The Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Kathryn Lawrence, said: “I think after 40 years the way in which we pursue our leisure activities has changed. What was a lovely centre is now out of date. It will be nice to see the Diamond Jubilee commemorated in Rugby. My theme for the year is celebrating Rugby and we can now look forward to the future.”

Cllr Lawrence added: “Thank you to all the staff.”

As part of the building work for the new Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, the Ken Marriott will now be demolished to make way for a new car park and to complete the entrance to the building.

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, which is due to open in late July, will include a fitness suite which is double the size of the one at the Ken Marriott and a 25-metre, eight lane swimming pool suitable for regional competitions.

There will also be a state-of-the-art studio pool with moveable floor, climbing wall, six court sports hall, space suitable for dance classes, martial arts, children’s parties and crèche, as well as a coffee shop which will be open to the public. There will also be space for future expansion.

Rugby Borough Council has appointed GLL to manage the new centre and the athletics track. The charitable social enterprise took over from DC Leisure on Monday.

GLL will operate the centre under the brand “Better”.

All the staff who worked at Ken Marriott have now been transferred to GLL.

GLL staff are currently based in Clock Towers Shopping Centre to answer any questions.

Picture: by freelance photographer Paul Bunyard