Five-time Olympian gives new pools seal of approval

Champion swimmer Mark Foster said he hopes the new pools will inspire future generations to stay healthy as he cut the ribbon on a £4.5m redevelopment of Brackley Leisure Centre last weekend.

Published: Tuesday, 22nd January 2019

Mr Foster cut the ribbon alongside Cllr Richard Dallyn, Chairman of South Northamptonshire Council (SNC) and Brackley Mayor, Cllr Mark Morrell.

Mr Foster said he was lucky to have turned a passion for swimming into a career and now hopes his work on television inspires future generations to become Olympians like himself.

He added: “Hopefully this will inspire people to get in the pool and get fit and stay healthy and enjoy the water, because the sight, the sound, the feel of the water, it’s an amazing place to be. And you’ve got a fantastic facility here, I hope a lot of people use it and benefit from it.”

Cllr Dallyn thanked leisure centre operator Parkwood and Legacy Leisure, as well as their contractors FES and SNC officers for bringing the redevelopment to fruition.

He added: “The Council believes residents of South Northants should have the best leisure provision and investment into this redevelopment underlines our commitment to that cause.”

Brackley Mayor, Cllr Mark Morrell said his grandchildren had tried the pool and already given it their seal of approval. He added: “It’s a fantastic facility for the town, much needed. Yes there was the old pool, which people have fond memories around, but this is far better.”

The centre reopened its doors in November 2018, providing brand new facilities including a state of the art gym and a 25 metre swimming pool and learner pool.

The opening of the pools is the final stage of the development of the centre that also included a brand new 110 station Gym, Studios, improved Car Park and Cafe.