Olympian Colin Jackson is on track to open new £1.8m sports centres

Colin Jackson.
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Athletics legend Colin Jackson will visit Sunderland tomorrow to cut the ribbon on new £1.8million fitness facilities.

The Olympic medallist will be at Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre from 10am, and Raich Carter Sports Centre from 1pm.

Aquaric Centre, Sunderland

Aquaric Centre, Sunderland

The visit coincides with an open day full of free activities for all the family from 10am until 4pm, at both leisure facilities.

The events will celebrate the end of extensive refurbishments works carried out at the centres, and will give people an opportunity to try out the new facilities for the first time.

Visitors will have free access to the gyms and a range of free group activity classes throughout the day. There will also be a range of activities taking place for children, including face painting, a bouncy castle and sports activity demonstration sessions, as well as family roller skating sessions.

The refurbishment has seen the Aquatic and Wellness Centre receive improvements to its reception, fitness areas and dance studios, while Raich Carter Sports Centre has an improved fitness area and a new group exercise studio.

We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from Colin Jackson and we’re delighted to have him attending the events. With such a wide range of activities on offer at both centres, we’re hoping lots of people join us for the celebrations

Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active

Ian Bradgate, contract manager for Everyone Active, which runs the centres in behalf of Sunderland City Council, said: “We’re extremely proud of the transformation of the Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and Raich Carter Sports Centre. The Open Days are a great opportunity for everyone to have fun and try out the new equipment for free at both centres.

“We’re very grateful for the support we’ve received from Colin Jackson and we’re delighted to have him attending the events.

“With such a wide range of activities on offer at both centres, we’re hoping lots of people join us for the celebrations.”

Coun John Kelly, portfolio holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, added: “The open days are a great idea. I hope people take advantage of them to go in and have a look around for themselves and see some of the fantastic facilities they offer for becoming more active.”