Leisure centre is rated excellent by inspectors

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Flitwick’s current leisure centre has been rated as excellent and the building of the town’s new gym is on track to open in early 2016.

Quest was developed by Sport England and is the nationally recognised industry standard scheme that measures the level of performance, good practice and improvement of sports facilities.

Ground-breaking at the new Flitwick Leisure Centre. Central Bedfordshire Council: (L-R) Cllr Andrew Turner, Cllr Fiona Chapman, Cllr James Jamieson, Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Brian Spurr.

Ground-breaking at the new Flitwick Leisure Centre. Central Bedfordshire Council: (L-R) Cllr Andrew Turner, Cllr Fiona Chapman, Cllr James Jamieson, Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Cllr Brian Spurr.

Following a mystery visit and a one-day assessment their report concluded of lifestyles@flitwick that, ‘the service can demonstrate improvement across all key areas including budget, quality, customers/stakeholders and people’.

Councillor Tony Brown, who oversees community services, said: “We are proud of our leisure centres and services and we strive to offer the best quality possible for our residents, as well as delivering value for money. Quest has given us the assurance that lifestyles@flitwick does just that.

“The brand new leisure centre is set to be delivered on target early in 2016 and this will increase the opportunities for the local community to play sport and take part in physical activity more regularly. While we are very much looking forward to its opening, it is important that we maintain a high level of service in the existing facility, which will remain open until the new state-of-the-art centre is open.”

The recognition for Flitwick comes as the same excellent mark was awarded to lifestyles@saxon – another Central Bedfordshire leisure centre in Biggleswade, managed by Stevenage Leisure Limited on behalf of the council.

Flitwick’s new leisure centre was secured with the help of £2 million in funding from Sport England and will be built adjacent to the current facility.

It will include an eight lane pool, a four court sports hall, a 120 station health and fitness suite, three studios for classes, two squash courts, a crèche and cafe, indoor climbing wall and a health and wellbeing room.