The swimming pools at both Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, both operated by the charity Horizon Leisure Centres, have benefited from a recent investment of over £280,000.
The investment by Horizon Leisure Centres and Havant Borough Council has been a proactive step to provide improved swimming facilities to current and new customers at the Centres. The swimming pools welcomes 1000’s of customer for public swimming, inflatable sessions, aqua exercise classes, Havant and Waterlooville Swimming Club and there are currently over 2,500 children and adults enjoying weekly swimming lessons from the Horizon Swim School.
Howard Broad, Chief Executive of Horizon Leisure Centres said ‘The investment has been funded jointly by ourselves and partners Havant Borough Council and has enabled major repairs and refurbishment to be undertaken. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise to take and we would like to encourage more people to come along and participate in regular swimming to keep fit and healthy so for us it is important to ensure we provide the right facilities.”
Havant Leisure Centre investment included rebuilding the main concrete pillars, resurfacing the pool surrounds in both the main swimming pool and splash pool with a non-slip resin floor and cladding all the walls to create a fresh and modern look.
Waterlooville Leisure Centre investment has included the main pool and splash pool tank re-grout, acoustic tile replacement, a re-paint and decoration of both swimming pools and high and low level wall cladding.
The investment is part of Horizon Leisure Centres on-going commitment to provide quality services to the community and make life better for all users.
While there has been substantial investment there has not been a price rise as part of the 2016 price freeze on all pay as you go activities and memberships and to ensure the facilities are accessible to all the community.
Carl Shear, Operations Manager at Horizon Leisure Centre said ‘We hope that the refurbished facilities and fresh new look will attract more people back into the swimming pools and to encourage them to learn to swim with Horizon Swim School.’
Horizon are continually improving the pool for all users. In December last year there was a new disabled pool hoist installed at Havant alongside a new changing place to provide full access facilities for disabled customers.
Horizon provide a range of different swimming sessions for the whole community. There are also over 250 swimming lessons a week at Horizon Swim School for children and adults as well as alternative swimming lessons including diving, synchronised swimming and lifesaver.