White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre set for ten year anniversary celebrations with free sessions for kids and a special guest
The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre is set to hold a special day of free events and activities as it celebrates its ten year anniversary.
On Thursday 12 July the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon will celebrate its first ten years as one of the finest sports and recreation facilities in the south east.
Since it opened in 2002 the £10.3 million centre has been used more than 8.2million times, hosting over 2.2million individual swims and more than 5.2million visits to the gym, sports hall, spinning room or other facilities.
To mark the occasion, exactly ten years since the Duchess of Gloucester officially declared the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre open, there will be a day of free activities including local primary school children. This will include a tennis knock-up with special guest; British tennis legend Tim Henman, who will also be taking part in a question and answer session which members of the public are invited to attend.
The celebration day will begin at 10am with welcome speeches from Cllr Alison Thomson, Chairman of Vale of White Horse District Council and John Oxley, Managing Director of Active Nation. Visiting school children and members of the public can then take part in activities from 10.30am, with the tennis and question and answer sessions with Tim Henman from 11am.
Throughout the day there will be plenty of free fun-sessions taking place across the building for everyone attending but especially young children, from Creepy Crawlies to Toddler Splash. There will be lots of free gifts to take away,.as well as the chance to talk with the team at the centre to see how you can benefit from its facilities.
Cllr Elaine Ware, cabinet member for Economy, Leisure and Property at Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “Since opening in 2002 the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre has made a massive contribution to both Abingdon and the wider Vale community. The staff and facilities here have really led the way in assisting and encouraging people to increase their fitness and live a healthy and active lifestyle.
“The first ten years has been an incredibly successful period with vast numbers using the centre, including a few well known names and some impressive up and coming young athletes. We now aim to build on this success by continuing to provide a first class leisure service for our residents for many years to come.”
The White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre is owned by Vale of White Horse District Council and is managed by DC Leisure through Active Nation, a registered charity. The centre is now a vital part of Vale community, housing facilities such as two swimming pools, a sports hall, dance studio, squash courts, fitness suite, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, as well as a crèche, meeting room and café.
Every day the centre hosts a vast array of popular classes for the whole community, from body balance, yoga and aerobics for adults to swimming coaching and holiday activities for young children, all taken by a team of dedicated and fully qualified instructors.
For more about the White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre go to http://www.activenation.org.uk/white-horse-leisure-centre.aspx