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Link Centre’s open day draws big crowds

THOUSANDS swarmed to the Link Centre this weekend to enjoy hours of free activities put on for the centre’s open day.

From 10am-5pm, families enjoyed a taster of activities and classes the centre has to offer, including ice skating, swimming, table tennis, badminton, dance sessions and football.

Visitors could even learn about circus skills, relax during story time, have a go at sledge hockey and learn about water polo.

Rob Ferguson, duty manager at the 25-year-old leisure centre, said: “A lot of people have come along to see what we have done to improve the centre.”

The swimming pool was a particularly popular destination, with around 70 people splashing around at any one time. The table tennis coaching was also popular, with the session extended by two extra hours to allow more people to have a go.

Rob said: “We may look to do it again on an annual basis.”

Around £2m has been spent on the West Swindon leisure centre over the last 18 months, which has included replacing the roof, a major refurbishment of the swimming pool and the recent work to install a new ice pad.

The ice rink, which was closed for seven weeks during the summer and reopened on August 19, was also popular on the open day, attracting around 300 people with ice skating beginners getting tips and pointers from the Link Centre’s expert coaches.

In the main sports hall visitors took advantage of badminton and table tennis coaching, while Swindon Town Football in the Community gave demonstrations and offered coaching throughout the day.

Other free activities included climbing taster sessions, Stage One swimming lessons for those aged five and above, and Rookie Lifeguard sessions for youngsters aged over seven.

Mini Movers dance classes were also available for pre-school children as well as dance mat sessions, and over 45s enjoyed tea dancing and masters classes.

Visitors also took part in fitness class taster sessions, including Zumba, Body Jam, Body Combat, studio cycling and Body Balance. There was even a ZumbAtomic session for children aged over four.

Swindon Mayor Nick Martin, who is also a ward councillor and chair of the West Swindon locality, said: “The Link has been at the heart of the West Swindon community for more than 25 years. I am delighted the various refurbishment works have been completed.”

For more information visit link-centre or call 01793 445566.

Created: 4th September 2013 10:40am
Last Updated: 4th September 2013 10:40am
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