Sunderland star visits sports centre after £1.2million revamp

Silksworth Sports Centre relaunch with Sunderland AFC player Jack Rodwell.
Managers from left Dean Randall and Ian Bradgate
Silksworth Sports Centre relaunch with Sunderland AFC player Jack Rodwell. Managers from left Dean Randall and Ian Bradgate
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A sports centre has scored a £1.2million refurb and a visit from a Sunderland star as the new look was unveiled.

Midfielder Jack Rodwell visited Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre to launch the refurbished venue, with all invited to put it to the test next month in a day of free activities, which has been named the Sunderland Echo’s Sports Venue of the Year 2016.

Silksworth Sports Centre relaunch with Sunderland AFC player Jack Rodwell.

Silksworth Sports Centre relaunch with Sunderland AFC player Jack Rodwell.

Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active’s area contract manager for Sunderland, said: “The past few months have been incredibly exciting for Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre.

“The centre itself looks completely transformed and the facilities it now has available are second-to-none.

“To be also named Sports Venue of the Year is just incredible and something both Everyone Active and Sunderland City Council are very proud of. This event will be a true celebration for the centre’s recent achievement and will provide a great opportunity for people to try out the new facilities for free and see the centre in its full glory.” The open day will be held on Sunday, April 3, when guests can try out its updated gym, join a virtual group cycling studio session, learn some moves in a dance class and see its function suite, with tasters to include aerobics, pilates and circuits and family tennis classes.

Activities will also be set up for families including a float session in the pool, a teddy bears’ picnic and a visit from a reptile petting zoo.

This event will be a true celebration for the centre’s recent achievement and will provide a great opportunity for people to try out the new facilities for free and see the centre in its full glory.

Ian Bradgate, area contact manager for Everyone Active in Sunderland

The event will take place from 9.30am to 4.30pm and visitors will need to contact the centre to book onto all sessions prior to the day.

Councillor John Kelly, cabinet member for public health, culture and wellness with Sunderland City Council, said: “We hope people will be as delighted as we are with the transformation of the centre.

“There are now even more fantastic facilities than there were before and I would encourage people to come along and see for themselves when the centre holds its open day on April 3.”

The Silksworth Lane centre is managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active on behalf of the council.

The management organisation has also refurbished Sunderland Aquatic and Wellness Centre and the Raich Carter Sports Centre, with the council investing £11.3million on the new Washington Leisure Centre.

For further information on the open day, call 03330 050152 or visit www.everyoneactive.com.