Record year for leisure centre visits

Steyning Leisure Centre
Steyning Leisure Centre

LEISURE centres in the Horsham district, including Steyning, have achieved a record year.

The four centres, in Steyning, Horsham, Broadbridge Heath and Billingshurst, recorded more than a million visits for the first time ever.

The figures for last year showed an overall increase of 11.3 per cent on the previous year, with Steyning Leisure Centre achieving a 5.6 per cent increase.

Horsham District Council cabinet member Jonathan Chowen said it was a testament to the ‘great partnership’ between the council and Places for People Leisure, which runs the council-owned centres.

“We look forward to continuing to improve health and wellbeing in the Horsham district in the months and years ahead,” he added.

Each of the leisure centres has received considerable investment over the last year, with improvements including new gym equipment, cheaper membership categories and refurbishment of showers and changing rooms.

Contract manager Tim Bolton said: “It’s great to see the leisure centres being used so frequently by so many customers.

“The combination of the investments we have made over the last 12 months and the diverse programme of activities we offer are really making a difference to activity levels in the Horsham district.”

More improvement works are in the pipeline. The new SWIMTAG technology, which monitors swims, is available in Horsham and due to be rolled out at Steyning later this year.