Kingston approves innovative plans for new sport and wellbeing hubs
New council-owned sport, leisure and community hubs in New Malden, Kingston and South of the Borough and a replacement building at Kingsmeadow Centre were approved at Growth Committee on 13 October.
Kingston’s approved Indoor Sport and Leisure Facilities Strategy proposes combining sports and community services, such as healthcare, to create integrated hubs across the borough.
The proposed replacement hubs for the Malden Centre in New Malden, the Kingfisher Leisure Centre in Kingston, as well as the new facility in South of the Borough, will all include swimming pools.
Supporting both the local community and homegrown sporting stars, the strategy also highlights the potential to include a martial arts facility in the plans due to uptake of the sport in Kingston.
Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Leisure at Kingston Council, said:
“The Indoor Sports Strategy has highlighted what we all know, our existing facilities are much loved, with huge demand, but are in need of further investment and more centres need to be built to meet the growing demand in the borough.
“There is a huge appetite for sport in our borough. Together with the Mayor of London, we launched a pop up swimming pool in Chessington during the summer - the uptake was incredible. Over 1,200 people used the pool, 841 were local to South of the Borough and a fantastic 68% of school children achieved a swimming award. The recommendation from the report is for a new swimming pool and leisure centre in the South of the Borough. The council, with residents, now needs to investigate further potential options on where that could be.
“The new strategy demonstrates the need for more facilities across the borough, as well as allowing closer links with schools, which is brilliant. Residents play an integral role in shaping our community spaces and we will make sure that local people are kept up to date as these exciting plans progress.”
The approved Indoor Sport and Leisure Facilities Strategy will run from 2016 to 2028.
Find out more about sport in Kingston by visiting www.kingston.gov.uk/sports
Notes to editors
- The pop up swimming pool was part of the Mayor of London’s ‘Make a Splash’ campaign to get Londoners swimming following on from the Olympics.