Daily Archives: January 16, 2014

Forthcoming Attractions – Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Forthcoming Attractions

Celebrating Friary Grange’s improvements

Friary Grange

A day of fun activities is set to take place on Sunday 26 January 2014 to celebrate Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s £500,000 makeover.

At the end of December Lichfield District Council was delighted to unveil the new improvements at Friary Grange Leisure Centre and to re-open the swimming pool.

Customers and local school pupils are now benefiting from a brand new leisure centre front entrance and reception, refurbished swimming pool changing rooms, a more accessible layout, and a pool viewing gallery from an extended refreshment area.

The improvements will be officially launched by the project partners on Sunday 26 January, when a day of swimming activities and special offers will also take place at Friary Grange Leisure Centre.

The day will feature a free swimming session from 8am to 1pm, which will also include supervised swimming contests, such as fetch the brick and an obstacle course – with prizes up for grabs. Then a pool Fun Session, with the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats, will take place from 2pm to 3.30pm. Normal charges apply for this session.

The ribbon to formally launch the improvements will be cut at 11am by Tom Bolton, former Friary School pupil and Olympic Relay torchbearer. He will be joined by project partner representatives, including Lichfield District Council, The Friary School, Staffordshire County Council, Sport England and Aiming High.

Councillor Andrew Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure & Parks, said: “We hope lots of people will join us in celebrating Friary Grange Leisure Centre’s makeover. The improvements have made a massive difference to the leisure centre and this day is a great chance for everyone to see the works and to enjoy the programme of swimming activities.

“It will also give people the opportunity to see all the other facilities the leisure centre has to offer, including the Evolve Fitness gym and studio, and benefit from special membership discounts available on the day.”

The £500,000 makeover included refurbishing the swimming pool changing rooms, relocating the leisure centre’s main entrance, creating better and easier access for all into the leisure centre and pool, and building a viewing area to the pool from an extended refreshment area.

The project was funded by Sport England, Aiming High, Staffordshire County Council, Lichfield District Council and section 106 contributions.

“I’d like to thank our project partners and funders for all their support, and I know local people will enjoy the results of these works for years to come,” continued Councillor Smith.

For more information about the project and the celebratory day, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/friarymakover

Saturday 26 January Swimming pool programme

  • 7am to 8am – Early Bird lane swimming (normal charges apply)
  • 8am to 9am – Free public swim
  • 9am to 9.45am – Free public swim with snorkels and masks allowed
  • 9.45am to 10.30 – Free public swim
  • 10.30am to 11.15am – Free public swim with underwater obstacle course
  • 11.15am to 12noon – Free public swim
  • 12noon to 12.45pm – Free public ‘break the rule’ swim – dive bombing
  • 12.45 to 1.30pm – Free public swim with  retrieve the brick contest
  • 1.30pm to 2pm – Pool closed
  • 2pm to 3.30pm – Pool Fun Session, which includes the Aquascramble giant inflatable and floats (normal charges apply)

Membership special offers available on 26 January 2014

Anyone that signs up in person for a 12 month Evolve Fitness gym membership, paid for by Direct Debit, will get 12 months for the price of 10!

Leisure Gym Passports, usually priced at £37, will be reduced to £25 on the day. Leisure Gym Passports for concessions and students, usually priced at £27, will be reduced to £15 on the day.

A Leisure Gym Passport allows you to access Evolve Fitness for 12 months on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also includes a complimentary Leisure Activity Passport which gives card holders up to 30 percent off the cost of many leisure activities across the district.

Also coming up but a bit further away (I shall post a reminder nearer the date), note it in your diary!March HareThe Chairman always seems to get his picture in articles!!