Swimmers take the plunge at the dawn of new era for Brackley Leisure Centre

It was the dawn of a new era for Brackley Leisure Centre on Monday morning as people enjoyed an early lane swim in the new pool, part of a multi-million pound revamp.

Published: Thursday, 15th November 2018

It was still dark outside at 7am on Monday, 12 November as the first swimmers took to the new six-lane 25-metre swimming pool.

The revamp also includes a 13-metre x 7metre learner pool and a 110 station Fitness Room which was opened in May.

Cllr Karen Cooper, SNC’s portfolio holder for wellbeing, said: “SNC promised Brackley a new pool and we have delivered it. It has been years in the making with a great deal of hard work by Council officers, Legacy Leisure and their contractors. But finally the town has the swimming pools it deserves.

“Health and fitness are no longer an optional extra.  We’re all living longer and if we want to enjoy that time, if we want to stay mobile and to be able to enjoy the grandchildren, we must form the life-long habit of staying active.

“The new pool is light, inviting, and a space that you want to spend time in.  I hope it encourages more people than ever to take the plunge and adopt a new healthy lifestyle.”

Peter Fitzboydon the Managing Director of Parkwood Leisure said: “We are delighted that we are now in a position to open the updated Brackley Leisure Centre site, which will provide long term benefits to the local community in terms of health and physical activity. 

"I think all will agree the facility looks fantastic and we can’t wait to see more people benefitting than ever before.”

The new pools replace the old one in Manor Road which had reached the end of its economic lifespan and is now closed.

In addition to the pools, the leisure centre redevelopment includes: a swimming pool changing village, a new treatment room, a poolside spectator area, a new reception area with integrated food servery and a meeting room.

The revamp features superb accessibility for children and adults with disabilities including a designated ‘changing places’ changing room facility.

Improvements have also been carried out to the dry-side changing facilities and the leisure centre car park has been reconfigured.

To find out more about the leisure centre and how to become a member, visit Brackley Leisure Centre website.