Major facelift for town's swimming pool

PUBLISHED: 06:30 13 July 2016

Swimming pool

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Exmouth Leisure Centre’s swimming pool will undergo a major facelift - thanks to a £300,000 National Lottery handout.

The cash grant will pay for the centre’s redevelopment, adding dedicated school and group changing rooms, extended family change and disabled facilities along with interactive equipment. In addition, there will be a learner pool for new swimmers.

It is hoped the facelift will attract extra visitors to the leisure centre facilities.

Peter Gilpin, chief executive officer of LED Leisure Management Ltd, the charitable trust responsible for managing the Exmouth Leisure Centre, said: “The Sport England improvement funding will help us to completely redesign the facilities and should help us increase swimming visits by 20 per cent to 190,000 per year.

“In particular, we hope to better accommodate family-focused customers and school customers with more versatile individual and family cubicles and small group changing options.”

This is the second phase of redevelopments at the centre, following improvements to the gym, studios, and sports hall and the introduction of a fantastic new indoor climbing area and toning studios in 2015 at a cost of £2million.

The Exmouth Leisure Centre is one of five sport complexes in the South West to be awarded National Lottery funds from Sport England.

Sport England’s Improvement Fund has invested over £49million to date in 150 community-based projects across the country, ranging from upgrading artificial grass pitches to helping sports clubs.

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