Bromsgrove Leisure Centre Drawing

Thousands of people across Bromsgrove District could have an even better new leisure centre and swimming pools after a £1.5 million lottery grant was offered to Bromsgrove District Council.

Members of the council’s Cabinet yesterday (January 6) recommended that the council accept the grant offer from Sport England, which would increase the authority’s £11.5m investment in the new leisure centre in Bromsgrove to a total of £13m, enabling significantly improved facilities.

The grant offer is subject to a Lottery Funding Agreement, which contains contractual requirements that the cabinet has also recommended be approved.

The improved and expanded leisure centre that the £1.5m grant could enable, which received planning permission in December, would include the district’s first indoor climbing wall as well as significantly improved swimming pools and fitness facilities.

Bromsgrove District Council’s portfolio holder for Leisure Cllr Rod Laight said: “We’re over the moon. We can see that the extra funding would make a real difference for a lot of people in our district for years to come, and help this council achieve its wider strategy of improving health and wellbeing by increasing opportunities and participation in active leisure. We had high hopes after very positive dealings with Sport England throughout the process, but we’re absolutely delighted that they have backed Bromsgrove.

“Furthermore some of the long term benefits that this funding award could unlock are in the details. For example, a bigger learner pool would allow the main pool to be open to the public much more often, because it could be used by groups that would otherwise need to close off parts or all of the main pool. And the additional studio space would mean a more diverse and balanced programme to wider sections of the community.”

The funding is specifically to enable the indoor climbing wall, another studio (2 increased to 3), 25% more gym capacity (80 increased to 100) and an over 50% larger learner swimming pool (96sqm increased to 150sqm), and enlargement and improvements to several other spaces to help boost the overall experience at the centre.

The new centre will be built next to its predecessor, the Dolphin Centre, on School Drive in Bromsgrove, and work is expected to begin in the spring. Once the new centre is completed and open the old centre will be demolished, a new car park constructed, and the remaining land made available for sale and redevelopment.