East Riding Leisure Bridlington – the £25 million state of the art sport and leisure centre at the heart of the town’s seafront – was officially opened today (Friday 1 July 2016) by the vice chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Councillor Caroline Fox.
Councillor Fox unveiled a plaque to mark the official opening in the presence of sporting celebrities Rebecca Adlington OBE; Gail Emms MBE; and Dean Windass.
Also in attendance were invited guests from the local community, and the leader of the council, Councillor Stephen Parnaby OBE, together with representatives from BAM Construction Ltd, who were the contractors who built the new centre, and from Sport England.
East Riding Leisure Bridlington was funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council (£20.9 million); the Coastal Communities Fund (£2.1m); and Sport England (£2m).As a prelude to the official opening ceremony, Rebecca, Gail and Dean toured the centre, and also ran coaching sessions in the swimming pool and sports hall for around 160 lucky pupils from four local schools in sports including volleyball, badminton, and football: Bempton Primary; Boynton Primary; Headlands School; and Bridlington School. There was also squash and Clip ‘n Climb activity.
Speaking at the opening, Councillor Fox said: “The fact that we have been joined by sporting celebrities of this calibre is a huge vote of confidence in the future of East Riding Leisure Bridlington –and in the future of the town as a whole.
“At a time when sport is uppermost in so many people’s minds, what with the European Championships in football, Wimbledon, and the cricket season in full swing, it is very exciting to be here today to launch the new home of sport, fitness and leisure in Bridlington.”
Councillor Parnaby added: “As leader of this council, I have enjoyed some very proud moments over many years, but this official opening of East Riding Leisure Bridlington is right up there at the top of my list.
“I firmly believe that this new centre will play a pivotal role in the renaissance of the town – it is part of a package of investment, from ourselves and other partners, which has already seen The Spa Bridlington and Sewerby Hall and Gardens refurbished and absolutely flourishing, and will soon see major investment in our own South Cliff Caravan Park, an investment which will bring even more visitors to the town, to spend their money and boost the local economy.
“We already have the Premier Inn coming to town, and I am becoming increasingly convinced that we are witnessing the rebirth of Bridlington as a ‘must visit’ destination.
“I am very proud today, as leader of the council, at a time when leisure facilities in so many parts of the country are being cut back or removed altogether, to play my part in the official opening of East Riding Leisure Bridlington, which represents the biggest single capital investment by East Riding of Yorkshire Council in its history – investment in the health and wellbeing of the people of Bridlington and this area, as much as in bricks and mortar. Investment in a new all weather tourism facility for Bridlington, to ensure that even more visitors come and visit and see exactly what we have to offer here.”
Communities Minister Mark Francois said: “Our Great British coast has enormous potential and we are determined to see places like Bridlington thrive all year round.
“That’s why we’ve invested £2.1million through the Coastal Communities Fund to set up this top-class facility and bring good local jobs right into the heart of the town.”
Sport England Director of Property Charles Johnston said: “Congratulations to the council for delivering this fantastic leisure centre which makes being active accessible, affordable and fun. Having access to quality facilities like this can be a big draw for people thinking about getting active, and that’s why we are delighted to invest £2 million of National Lottery funding in the centre.
“Thanks to the impressive range of sports and activities on offer, it really can be enjoyed by everyone in Bridlington, and I wish it every continued success.”
East Riding Leisure Bridlington offers a 25-metre swimming pool; the Splash Zone with two interactive waterslides and waterplay features; the Tone Zone with 100 stations; the Clip ‘n Climb area; an exercise studio; a sports hall; a Jacuzzi and health suite; and a café. It is also now the home of Bridlington’s new Tourist Information Centre.
The centre has been a huge success since it first opened its doors to the public on Monday 23 May, with over 1400 new members already signed up, and an estimated 50,000 plus people visiting the facilities so far.
For full details of membership packages, facilities available, opening times, etc, visit www.eastridingleisure/bridlington or follow on facebook at www.facebook.com/ERLeisureBridlington or on twitter @ERLeisure.