Holly Hill Leisure Centre has been officially opened by Olympic gold medal winning swimmer, Adam Peaty (10th October 2016).
The £9m facility in Sarisbury boasts a 25 metre pool with six swimming lanes and learner pool, a state of the art gym, exercise room and dance studio.
School children took part in games and activities in the pool with Adam. Adam commented:
"Although it might be hard to believe, I was actually scared of water when I was younger, but I know how important it is that we educate more people about the health and safety benefits of swimming, especially those who live in coastal areas such as Fareham. I think the pool here at Holly Hill Leisure Centre will go a long way in helping to do that. It's also at local pools like these where future athletes are discovered and, for me, it's very exciting to think that could happen here at Holly Hill.
The centre itself looks great and one both Fareham Borough Council and Everyone Active should be very proud of. Thank you so much for having me here today and for giving me the opportunity to be one of the first to try out these fantastic new facilities."
Executive Member for Leisure and Community, Councillor Sue Bell, said: "I'm delighted that Holly Hill Leisure Centre is now open. This is the culmination of a project which began after our suggestion, strongly supported by residents, that we needed another swimming pool in the Borough. It was fantastic to see Adam Peaty interacting with the children and inspiring people to get fit and active. With our two leisure centres in the Borough we now have plenty of opportunities to do so!"
A special plaque was unveiled at the centre by Adam and the Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Connie Hockley, to mark the occasion. Holly Hill Leisure Centre was designed and built by Balfour Beatty, who built the Aquatic Centre for the 2012 London Olympics. The centre will be run on the Council's behalf by Everyone Active.
Pictured are: Ian Cook, from Everyone Active, Adam Peaty, Mayor of Fareham, Cllr Connie Hockley and Leader of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Seán Woodward, gathered outside Holly Hill Leisure Centre.
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