Rugby’s new £12 million leisure centre set to open its doors

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The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre opens its doors to the public next week.

The state of the art leisure centre holds an open weekend on Saturday August 31 and Sunday September 1, offering residents a first chance to take a tour of the new centre and try out its facilities.

Visitors can take the plunge in the centre’s competition-standard 25m swimming pool for just £1, or join in a host of classes running throughout the open weekend, including yoga, power pump, studio cycling, and Brazilian dance.

The open weekend also includes a chance to scale the centre’s climbing wall, gym taster sessions, badminton, mini tennis, and more.

Entertainment includes face painting, the chance to explore the centre’s Toddler’s World, and live music from Shepherd Construction’s Brass Band.

Shepherd Construction have built the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre, with new operator GLL fitting the centre’s state of the art facilities.

In addition to the 25m pool, the centre has a separate studio pool with moveable floor. The centre also boasts a six court sports hall, a large 100-station gym, feature climbing wall, space for dance and martial arts classes, and a coffee shop.

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.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said the open weekend was a fantastic opportunity to find out what the new leisure centre had to offer.

“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,” Cllr Timms.

“I am proud that, at a time when many councils across the country have been forced to make difficult cuts, we have been able to make such an investment in the borough’s future.”

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.’

Jazz Holverson, manager of the centre, 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 and a leisure centre that the people of Rugby will be proud of.

“All customers visiting the centre will receive a very warm welcome from the staff and I am sure will share in our excitement of the launch of our Better centre.”

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.

Phase two has been earmarked for completion by the end of September.