MORE than 1,000 people visited Daventry Leisure Centre at the weekend for its official re-opening after a £500,000 refurbishment.
The centre put on a festival of free activities for residents as well as inviting three Olympic swimmers to meet Daventry locals.
The weekend was the official completion of the modernisation programme at the centre which included a larger gym with new equipment, changing rooms, and a new reception area to the site.
Contract manager for Everyone Active at the Daventry Leisure Centre, Luke Parratt, said: “Feedback from our customers has been fantastic – they are all amazed by the great use of space that we have at the centre. The new facilities that we now offer makes it feel like we have a brand new leisure centre.”
To celebrate the work, the gym, which was completed a couple of weeks ago, hosted free taster sessions for members of the community to see the range of new equipment.
Olympic swimmers Ross Davenport, who represented team GB at the London 2012 games in 4 x 200 metre freestyle swimming, Fran Leightion, who competes in water polo, and Kelly Anne Russell, who competes in synchronised swimming were all at the leisure centre for the opening.
Staff at the centre also held a bouncy castle mayhem session, a family roller disco and group exercise taster classes.
These included group cycling in the new purpose-built studio, free squash and racketball lessons, snorkelling and family swim and inflatable sessions in the pool.
To take part in the free activities visitors were asked to sign up for a free Everyone Active card if they did not have one already.
Mr Parratt said: “We had over 300 new Everyone Active cards given out over the course of the weekend which is fantastic news as this demonstrates new people using the leisure centre.”