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Double Olympic gold medallist Rebecca Adlington OBE will be officially opening the new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre next month.

Becky AddlingtonBecky, who won two gold medals in the pool at the Beijing 2008 Olympics and two bronze in London 2012 will be performing the honours with the Chairman of the Council, Councillor Rose Bishop.

The ceremony is taking place on Thursday 27 October 2016 at midday and members of the public are welcome to watch the proceedings. 

The centre on Silverwoods Way in Kidderminster opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 6 July. It includes a six lane 25m swimming pool, learner pool with moveable floor, 100 station fitness suite, 6 court sports hall, dance studios, climbing wall and small-sided outdoor pitches. It also has a cafe with viewing areas, a double height children’s adventure play area, a health suite with sauna and steam room and free parking.

Councillor Marcus Hart, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council said:

“We are delighted to be welcoming Rebecca Adlington to officially open the new leisure centre.  Since its opening in July, we have received fantastic feedback and welcomed thousands of people through the doors. 

We are proud to provide this wonderful facility which offers many opportunities for everyone to take part in sport and leisure activities.”

There will be an opportunity for people to meet and take photographs with Becky as well as autograph signings.

Places for People Leisure will be operating and managing the centre on behalf of the Council for the next 25 years. They won the contract to design and build it with their construction partners Pellikaan Construction and architects Roberts Limbrick.

Sandra Dodd, Chief Executive at Places for People Leisure said:

“We are extremely pleased to be working in  partnership with the Council to ensure that we meet the needs of the local community. Our goal at Places for People Leisure is to ‘create active places and healthy people’ and I am confident that the impressive new Wyre Forest Leisure Centre will encourage all members of the community to participate in physical activity.”

The centre is open 6.30am-10pm Monday to Friday, 8am-8pm Saturdays and 8am-9pm on Sundays.

Details about membership at the new leisure centre, class timetables and bookings including climbing wall, sports pitches and courts bookings are available on the Places for People Leisure website at


Wyre Forest District Council