Residents will be able to step up their post-lockdown fitness regime from Saturday 25 July, as Bracknell Leisure Centre gets set to re-open. This follows the Prime Minister’s green light for leisure facilities earlier this month.
Bracknell Leisure Centre, which is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council, will re-open its doors on Saturday 25 July. The news comes after the facilities were forced to close for almost 4 months due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The swimming pool facilities at Bracknell Leisure Centre will be opening shortly after. All customers will be communicated to directly regarding the details for re-opening.
The government update on 9 July confirmed leisure centres are now safe to re-open, with strict operational measures in place to make sure everyone is kept safe. These will include additional cleaning across the centre and social distancing to make sure everyone can work out while keeping a safe distance from others. In addition, everyone using the centre will be required to use their e+ card to access the centre via turnstiles, minimising contact with staff and supporting contact tracing, if needed. All activities will need to be pre booked via the Everyone Active app or website.
Full details of the steps taken by Everyone Active to comply with government guidance can be found on their website.
For residents who enjoy a spot of golf, 18 hole golf course, Downshire Golf Complex is also open with safety measures in place. The complex also offers a 9-hole pitch and putt course and a 30-bay, floodlit driving range.
Coral Reef Waterworld, the third site managed by Everyone Active, will remain closed while the team continues work to make sure of a safe re-opening in line with government guidance.
Whilst its 200 leisure centres across the country have been closed, Everyone Active launched a comprehensive package of online workouts for people to do during lockdown, along with streaming live classes across its social media pages. It also pledged to donate half the cost of a membership to charity – The National Emergencies Trust – if customers continued to pay. In this way, they raised over £400,000 for those most in need during the pandemic.
Mark Tennant, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said:
“We’re very much looking forward to re-opening Bracknell Leisure Centre and welcoming back the local community. After being closed for nearly 4 months, this government announcement is the news the leisure industry has been eagerly awaiting. Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their local leisure centre will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times, and we’re so grateful. Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.
“Making sure our colleagues and customers remain safe is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measures to make sure we adhere to the guidance. Please remember to bring your e+ card when you return to the centre, you will need this to access the facilities. This new turnstile only entry, along with the other steps we’ve taken, will help to keep you, the centre staff and those around you safe.
“We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the re-opening. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thanking them for their patience.”
Cllr John Harrison, Executive Member for Culture, Delivery and Public Protection at Bracknell Forest Council, said:
“I’m delighted that Bracknell Leisure Centre will soon be re-opening its doors to residents.
“The centre is a part of 3 leisure sites managed by Everyone Active on behalf of the council which, between them, generate more than one million visits per year.
“The availability of sports and leisure facilities is crucial to the borough’s recovery from the pandemic, particularly in relation to mental health and wellbeing, as well as physical health.
“As a well known and loved community leisure facility in the borough, the council‘s Executive agreed that it was important to support Everyone Active with Bracknell Leisure Centre’s re-opening, in line with government guidance.
“I hope residents enjoy returning to their sports and fitness activities again, while following the measures in place to keep them safe.”
Visit the Everyone Active website for more information about its leisure centres.