Video: Hailsham leisure centre opens after £3.1m refurbishment

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A leisure centre in Hailsham which underwent a £3.1 million refurbishment has officially unveiled its new look.

Hailsham Leisure Centre – operated by Freedom Leisure in partnership with Wealden District Council – unveiled a range of new facilities at the official civic opening on Thursday (December 5).

Hailsham Leisure Centre was relaunched following a multi-million pound refit.  December 5th 2013 E49247P

Hailsham Leisure Centre was relaunched following a multi-million pound refit. December 5th 2013 E49247P

The £3.1m investment by Wealden District Council has transformed the centre into a state-of-the-art leisure facility which benefits from an enlarged gym, with new cardio and strength equipment and a large functional training area which houses all the latest kit.

Cllr Claire Dowling, cabinet member for the Public Health and Community Safety at Wealden District Council, said: “Hailsham Leisure Centre has over 429,990 visitors every year and we are delighted they will now benefit from an extremely high standard of facilities.

“It is important that every visit to the leisure centre is enjoyable and rewarding, encouraging people of all ages to keep fit and active.

“These benefits are shared across the whole community, including our local health services.”

The centre is also one of the first in the country to install a Queenax Training System.

The multifunctional training frame allows a host of functional exercises to be performed including climbing, swinging, hanging, jumping and stretching. Other additions to the gym floor include the Technogym Kinesis and two Power Plate Pro 7 machines, which the fitness team also plan to use to enhance GP referral programmes.

Two new exercise studios have been opened, including an indoor cycling studio with Myride+. Myride+ is a virtual ride system, which takes class participants on virtual rides through real locations such as the Alps and Mont Ventoux.

In addition to the workout areas, the centre has benefited from brand new, high-spec changing rooms, a new café area, improvements to the bowling alley and a new American pool table and amusement machines.

Dominic Horner, Freedom Leisure centre manager at Hailsham Leisure Centre, said: “The investment has transformed the centre and we now have facilities which rival those of a high-end private club.

“Hailsham has always been a popular and busy centre and we will now be able to offer even more to the local community.

“The additional studios will allow us to run a more varied programme of classes while the bigger gym will allow us to comfortably accommodate all our members.”