Church Street Community Leisure Centre hosted an open day yesterday, to mark the official opening of the new facility.
Managed by Everyone Active, in partnership with Westminster City Council, the centre saw local schools, groups and individuals, of all ages and abilities, take advantage of the wide range of free activities available.
Professional athletes, part of the council’s Champions of the Future scheme, were in attendance, showcasing their skills and sharing top tips with local school children from King Solomon Academy, St. Edwards’s Catholic School, the Gateway School and Christ Church Primary.
Charlotte Thomas-Rowe and Melita Emanuel-Carr covered basketball, Lucas Roehrig, boxing, Eartha Pond (football) and Johnny Bray, athletics – giving the local community the opportunity to engage with different sports.
Further to this, the local community trialled an array of free fitness sessions. From basketball to walking football, pilates and women’s only Zumba – all classes were saw high levels of engagement, showcasing the demand from the local community to get active.
Andy Davison, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We’re really proud of Church Street Community Centre – it’s a fantastic facility with so much to offer.
“The open day was a huge opportunity for us to raise awareness of the centre within the local community and showcase the benefits – whether you want to play multiple team or individual sports, or utilise the state-of-the art studio – there’s something for everyone here. Our vision is for the centre to be a central hub for the local community, so we’ll continue to welcome everyone down to see the site and get active!”
Councillor Tim Roca, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Young People Learning and Leisure, said: “I am thrilled to launch the new Church Street Community Leisure Centre which will offer a range of activities for the local community.
“Church Street is a thriving community but unfortunately faces multiple issues including food poverty and health inequalities. The council is absolutely committed to improving our residents’ physical health and fitness and this new centre at the heart of the community will ensure sport and leisure is more accessible than ever before.
“At a time when local government budgets are under pressure, I am proud that Westminster City Council is opening new facilities rather than closing them.
“I want to thank our partners Everyone Active, and the amazing local sporting stars and schools who have made this launch event so special.”
Church Street Community Leisure Centre hosts a three-court sports hall, offering a variety of sports and activities and a group exercise studio, offering a multitude of classes from pilates, to zumba and yoga. In addition, the centre hosts a changing places accessible toilet and changing facility, making it accessible to everyone.
The leisure centre was opened as part of the Council's Luton Street development in the heart of the Church Street neighbourhood near Edgware Road. It consists of 171 modern new homes and state-of-the-art community facilities, including the new leisure centre and Green Spine outdoor space, a pedestrianised route connecting Church Street and Marylebone.
To find out more or book a session, please visit: www.everyoneactive.com/centre/church-street-community-leisure-centre/.