The new £15 million Hinckley Leisure Centre, designed and built by a consortium led by Places for People Leisure, has been officially opened at a public ceremony.

Mayor of Hinckley and Bosworth Richard Allen joined Olympic Silver & Double Commonwealth Gold Medallist Sharron Davies MBE, in unveiling a commemorative plaque at a well-attended public event on site.

The new Hinckley facility includes an eight court sports hall, a modern café and soft adventure play facility, an eight-lane 25 metre pool and a learner pool both with moveable floors to ensure the pools are utilised by a range of swimmers. Further facilities include a family splash area, sauna and steam rooms, along with dance studios, a multipurpose meeting room and a Group Cycling studio.

During its opening weekend in May, members of the local community were offered the chance to try out a whole host of activities for free. More than 10,000 people came along to test out the new pools and take a look at the state-of-the-art new gym and fitness facilities on offer.

John Bates, Business Development Director at Places for People Leisure

"In partnership with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council we will work hard to improve the health and wellbeing of the local community and this new leisure centre is a step in the right direction. We were delighted to welcome a host of noted individuals to the ceremony and are happy to report that the facility has been delivered both on budget and on time.

Sharron Davies MBE, former Olympic swimmer

"I've been to many leisure centres in my time and Hinckley is without a doubt one of the best I've ever been to. That's not just because of the superb facilities but because of the valuable partnerships Places for People Leisure have made with Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, the local schools and the local clubs."

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