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Cotswold leisure centre to re-open with weekend of fun

Cotswold Leisure, Cirencester is ready to re-open its doors with an open weekend of fun activities for all the family on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March.

The Centre was forced to close when its plant room was extensively damaged by 70,000 gallons of flood water after the unprecedented rainfall which hit Gloucestershire in July last year.

A complex seven-month schedule of repairs by Cotswold District Council followed a major clean-up operation.

Now after 15,000 work hours, more than 100 miles of new wiring, replacement of pumps, boilers, pipes, valves, circuit boards and 200,000 gallons of swimming pool water, the centre is all set to welcome customers old and new.

Opening hours for March 1st and 2nd are between 8am and 6pm - with a programme of activities planned between 10am and 4pm.

Activities will range from go karts, bouncy castles, roller skating and multi-sports coaching for the children, to a rowing challenge in the gym, and several fitness classes - including a new Body Training System class - for the adults.

There will also be a magician and face painter along with demonstrations in Tai Kwon Do, judo and figure skating on roller skates, with a chance to have a go yourself! Activities will be £1 each with squash, swimming and the relax zone available for £1 also.

The Real Life coffee shop will be launching its new menu and Holmes Beauty is offering fantastic deals on treatments.

The fitness suite will be open to members all weekend, with extra staff on hand to help people back in to routines.

With the best deals on offer during the weekend, Customer Advisers will be on hand to welcome new gym users and members. With no joining fee or contract required, there is no better time to try the latest equipment and a new fitness class programme.

Cllr David Fowles, Portfolio holder for Sport, Culture & Enterprise, said: “The closure following the floods has been frustrating for customers and staff alike, so it is great to be able to plan a spectacular open weekend."

“The centre will be even better than before. We have invested in new equipment in the gym, including power plates and plasma screens. There will be a free wireless broadband connection available in the coffee shop area.

“We will also have new opening hours Monday to Friday with the centre opening from 6.30am. You’ll be able to come in for your morning swim or workout and then sit and have a coffee and check your emails before work.”

The leisure centre was just one of more than 1,150 properties across the District affected by last year’s floods. Cotswold District Council, its insurers Royal and Sun Alliance and contractors EIC Ltd have worked exceptionally hard to get the building open again with an £800,000 schedule of work and repairs.

The building and its contents are fully insured and Cotswold District Council is also insured for loss of revenue at the Centre.
The Council has also set aside £100,000 for mitigation works to protect the building against possible future flooding and Royal and Sun Alliance have engaged an expert hydrologist to report on water run-off and drainage surrounding the leisure centre complex.

Source: Cotswold District Council

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