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HRH Duke of Kent to officially open Wycombe Leisure Centre on Wed 2nd March 2016

| February 17, 2016

The new Wycombe Leisure Centre at Handy Cross will be officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent on Wednesday 2nd March 2016.

His Royal Highness also launched predecessor to the new centre, Wycombe Sports Centre, thirty eight years ago.

After unveiling a plaque His Royal Highness will be given a tour of the state-of-the-art facilities at the £25m leisure centre. Five-time Olympic gold winning medallist,Wycombe district resident and Deputy Lieutenant of Buckinghamshire, Sir Steve Redgrave, will greet His Royal Highness.

Wycombe District Council Leader Cllr Katrina Wood said: ‘We are honoured and thrilled that HRH the Duke of Kent will return to High Wycombe to officially open our wonderful new leisure centre.

I am sure he will be impressed and notice a huge difference between the old centre and the fantastic facilities the Wycombe Leisure Centre offers to residents and visitors to the district.

The new centre has proved hugely popular with visitors since it opened on Friday 5th January 2016. There has been a big increase in footfall, new members and usage when compared to the same visitor figures to the old complex in January 2015.

Family swimming numbers are up, the number of people learning to swim has increased 60%, while both junior and adult swimming have gone up by 58% and 74%, respectively.

Residents taking aqua aerobics classes and enlisting the help of personal trainers to get in shape has shot up, while squash court booking have increased by 29%.

Facilities at the leisure centre include a 50m swimming pool, a community pool and the new Splash Pad zone for toddlers.

Visitors can also scale the 10m high climbing wall, play a wide variety of different sports in the multi-use 12 court sports hall, get fit in the 150 station gym, and work up a sweat in the dance and spin studios.

The centre also boasts squash courts, a four-rink bowls centre, a sauna and steam room, a café and meeting rooms.

Further information on the leisure centre and membership details can be found on the Places for People Leisure website.

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