Splashing news! Leeds leisure centre gets £500k funding boost

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With just over a month to go until the Rio Olympics, sporty types in one part of Leeds have already got that winning feeling.

Guiseley’s Aireborough Leisure Centre has been awarded £500,000 by Sport England to help transform its facilities, it was announced today.

Planned improvements include the retiling of the Leeds City Council-run centre’s swimming pool, an overhaul of its changing rooms, the refurbishment of its reception area and the creation of new car parking spaces.

Sport England property director Charles Johnston said: “Thankfully as a nation we are becoming more active.

“Meeting this demand can be challenging, but thanks to National Lottery funding we can help Aireborough Leisure Centre improve their facilities so even more people can enjoy a really first rate experience of being active.”

The backing was welcomed today by Coun James Lewis, the council’s executive member with responsibility for sport.

Coun Lewis said: “We are delighted to have secured £500,000 of funding for Aireborough Leisure Centre from Sport England, which will be used to support our ambitious refurbishment plans for the facility.”

The work at Aireborough is among 22 projects nationwide sharing in £7.5m of Sport England grants following a funding round that put particular emphasis on improved access to swimming.

Mr Johnston said: “Swimming is one of those sports that everyone can enjoy, whether you’re going length after length or just having a quick splash about.”

Aireborough’s current range of facilities includes a 54-station gym, sports hall, squash courts and climbing wall as well as its 25-metre pool.