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Date set for new Congleton leisure centre opening

The latest Cheshire East leisure centre to get a major facelift is to reopen its doors this summer.

Congleton Leisure Centre contains some of the most up-to-date leisure and fitness amenities, and will be open to the public in June, following a ceremonial opening by the mayor of the borough and former athlete and Congleton resident Ann Brightwell (nee Packer) MBE, the 1960s GB Olympic gold medallist.

The centre, redeveloped in partnership with the borough’s leisure trust Everybody Health and Leisure, contains spacious fitness and cycling studios, plus a four-court sports hall, and a touch of luxury in the form of a thermal spa with a scented steam room and sauna for relaxation.

Swimmers can enjoy a six-lane, 25-metre pool, complete with raised starting blocks for gala events. Everybody Health and Leisure will open the doors to members and non-members from 6am on Thursday 29 June.

The full offer consists of:

• Six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool;

• 12-metre learner pool;

• Thermal spa with scented steam room and sauna;

• 100-station, two-storey gym and fitness suite with state-of-the-art equipment;

• Group fitness studios;

• Group cycling studio;

• Four-court sports hall;

• Café with adjoining three-storey children’s soft play area;

• A children’s party room;

• Community rooms including treatment rooms;

• Meeting rooms, including the Brightwell Suite; and

• Free parking for 114 vehicles, including electric vehicle charging points.

The centre’s refurbishment reflects the council’s commitment to ensuring residents and visitors to Cheshire East can enjoy the best possible leisure and sports facilities and is the latest scheme to have reached completion in the borough. 

An opening ceremony will take place on the evening of Wednesday 28 June. Ann Brightwell will cut the ribbon, together with the mayor of Cheshire East, Councillor Rod Fletcher.

Cheshire East Council’s chair of its environment and communities committee, Councillor Mick Warren, said: “We recognise that the completion of this project is long-awaited, and that the leisure centre is an important amenity to the local community and wider area. So, to now be just weeks away from the centre opening its doors is fantastic news.

“The major investment made by the council into this facility will provide numerous and varied opportunities for people to enjoy quality time exercising, swimming and relaxing in modern surroundings, and is hugely important in supporting people to keep fit and healthy, both physically and mentally.

“I would like to congratulate all those who have played a part in this redevelopment project, including user groups, Everybody Health and Leisure, and the council’s project board. I look forward to seeing even more people able to access the wonderful and extensive facilities this leisure centre now offers.”

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