Focus on health as Kingston invests £400k in leisure centres

Cllr Andrea Craig Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure stands with Places for People Leisure staff in the new Health Suite

Kingfisher Leisure Centre’s new health suite was officially opened today (Monday 27 March), marking the completion of a £400k investment to promote healthy lifestyles in Kingston. 

Tolworth Recreation Centre also benefited from the cash boost with a state-of-the-art gym being installed in a new, larger space. The gym, which includes new strength, cardio, functional and flexibility areas, opened on Saturday 18 March. 

Funded by Places for People Leisure, who run Kingston Council’s four leisure centres, the transformational works are part of the existing contract and came at no additional cost to the council. 

Councillor Andrea Craig, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Sport and Leisure at Kingston Council, said: 

“I’m delighted with the transformations at Tolworth Recreation Centre and now Kingfisher Leisure Centre. The new facilities are incredible and rival any available at private health clubs.

“It important to say that this wouldn’t have been possible without our partner, Places for People Leisure, who have funded the refurbishment scheme. Working together on this development means that we have got the best deal for our residents. 

“We know that taking steps to become more active can benefit us both now and in the future, ensuring that we lead longer, healthier lives. My hope is that these new spaces mean that even more people get involved, get fit and have fun.” 

Marie O'Loughlin, Contract Manager at Places for People Leisure, said:

“We are delighted with the results of the refurbishments in Kingston and we hope that these improvements will help to promote our aim of getting more people, more active, more often within our community.

“Designed with the health of the whole community in mind, our new health suite includes a new infrared sauna and salt room. We are particularly excited about the health benefits of these rooms, which now allows us to cater for the whole community, including those with health issues.  

“These new and improved facilities will contribute towards the improved health and wellbeing of our users, and allow us to build upon our existing partnerships with local health organisations.”

Kingfisher Leisure Centre’s new health centre includes a new infrared sauna, salt room, steam room and monsoon shower.

The cost of membership at our leisure centres starts at £45 a month, or £8.30 per visit.

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