Horfield Leisure Centre's new look gets the thumbs-up

July 04 2016

A newly refurbished leisure facility in Bristol has been given the seal of approval by an Olympic athlete, the local MP and the city’s Lord Mayor.

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A newly refurbished leisure facility in Bristol has been given the seal of approval by an Olympic athlete, the local MP and the city’s Lord Mayor.

Horfield Leisure Centre, which is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active, has undergone a £1.5million upgrade. Olympic medallist, Colin Jackson, attended the site's relaunch last month with Lord Mayor Jeff Lovell and Charlotte Leslie MP, who officially reopened the new facility.

The Bristol North West MP  said: “As a former gym instructor myself in the early 2000s, I cannot believe how far we have progressed in equipment and technology. This really is a gym for everyone. I’m very proud that our community has such great facilities on our doorstep."

As well as being given a tour of the new-look centre, the trio also had the chance to try out the upgraded equipment and talk to customers about their first impressions of the refurbished site.

Colin Jackson also hosted a Q&A with local primary school children. They were given the chance to grill the former hurdler about his career, which has seen him achieve an Olympic silver medal as well as golds in the Commonwealth Games and World Championships.

He said: “I was really impressed with Horfield Leisure Centre and it was great to see so many people making the most of the fantastic facilities on offer here.”

“It’s essential that people of all ages are encouraged to be active, and centres like this offer something for everyone. The children I met were really enthusiastic about sport and activity, and having Horfield on their doorstep will help to ensure they can carry this enthusiasm into the future.”

The upgrade means that customers are now benefitting from a number of improved facilities. As well as an extension to the existing gym and installation of brand new equipment, virtual exercise classes have also been installed and the sports hall has been refurbished. 

The centres’ group exercise studio has also been increased to include more than 150 session each week, meaning more customers can now access this service.

Rhys DenleyJones, general manager of Horfield Leisure Centre, said: “We are delighted to offer these new, state-of-the-art facilities. 

"It’s really important to us that we continue to meet the needs of our customers, and this upgrade means that we are able to provide the best services at affordable prices.

“We had a great day with all the guests and it was good to get such positive feedback from them. Having their seal of approval helps to show how fantastic the new centre really is.”