As excitement about London 2012 builds, local school pupils will become the first people to try out the new facilities at a multi-million pound new leisure centre in Clapham next week when it gets a special visit from London 2012 Organising Committee Chair Seb Coe.
After months of construction work, the new state-of-the-art Leisure Centre, complete with 25 metre swimming pool, is due to open its doors to the public early next year, but pupils from Clapham will get a sneak peak when they take part in a ‘mini-Olympics’ in the company of London 2012 Lord Seb Coe and Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, Cllr Florence Nosegbe.
Lambeth Council is passionate about making sure everyone in the borough benefits from the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and is putting together a packed programme of events over the coming months to help everyone be part of the Games. The visit will enable Seb Coe to hear first hand how the borough is preparing and making sure all the borough’s residents can feel part of this once-in-a-lifetime event.
The Leisure Centre, on Clapham Manor Street, is being redeveloped by Lambeth Council at no cost to the tax payer as the construction costs have been met by the developer. It forms part of a major new multi-award winning regeneration scheme that is also seeing a new library, healthcare centre, a café, and 199 homes developed nearby on Clapham High Street. Both are due to open in the New Year.
Pupils from nearby Clapham Manor Primary School will put some of the new facilities through their paces along with Seb Coe and Cllr Florence Nosegbe on Tuesday December 6th at 10am. They will get to try the some of the new facilities that will be open to all Lambeth residents next year. When it is completed, the new centre will feature:
- a six lane 25m swimming pool and teaching pool
- 100 station fitness gym
- a multi-use four court sports hall
- dance, yoga and martial arts studios
- rooms for community groups and exercise classes.
Councillor Florence Nosegbe, Lambeth’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Sport and the 2012 Games, said:
“There is tremendous excitement already in Lambeth about next year’s Games and this is only going to increase as the clock ticks towards the day they begin. We’re passionate about making sure everyone feels part of what is going to be a once in a lifetime celebration, and the new sports facilities we are building will create a genuine Olympic legacy in Lambeth.
“It’s really exciting to be able to welcome Seb Coe and local school pupils to get a taste of the new Clapham Leisure Centre – and I’m even more excited about seeing the centre open its doors to the public for real next year.
“These are really exciting times for leisure in Lambeth – as well as the new Clapham Leisure Centre opening next year, construction work has begun on the new ice rink, pool and leisure centre in Streatham, we’ve recently invested fantastic floodlit tennis courts on Clapham Common and we are also building a new skatepark. This investment all adds up to the biggest expansion of provision in the borough’s history and a fantastic sporting legacy for Lambeth for the 2012 Games.”
Seb Coe’s visit will enable him to hear first hand about how Lambeth is preparing for the Games next year. Already pupils in the borough’s schools are getting involved in the ‘Get Set’ education programme and the council is working with communities on a range of sports and cultural festival that will take part in the run up to the Games and ensure 2012 is a year to remember for everyone.