Here’s when Sunderland leisure centres and Silksworth Ski Slope are set to reopen after seven-month closure

A number of leisure centres are set to reopen in Sunderland after being closed for around seven months due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Friday, 9th October 2020, 11:07 am

Raich Carter Sports Centre, Sunderland Aquatic Centre, Houghton Sports Centre and the Ski Slope at Silksworth Sports Complex, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active on behalf of Sunderland City Council, are due to reopen in the coming weeks.

This is when the four centres will reopen:

Ski Slope at Silksworth Sports Complex: October 17

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The Ski Slope at Silksworth Sports Complex will reopen on 17 October

Houghton Sports Centre: November 1

Swimming pools at Sunderland Aquatic Centre: November 9

Gym, group exercise classes and sports hall at Raich Carter Sports Centre: November 1

The swimming pool at Raich Carter Sports Centre will initially remain closed as part of the phased approach to re-opening the leisure facilities.

Swimming pools at Sunderland Aquatic Centre will reopen on 9 November.

All customers will be communicated with directly as further facilities at the centres continue to open.

Those who usually attend Raich Carter Sports Centre will be able to use the swimming pool facilities at Sunderland Aquatic Centre from November 9.

The latest Government update confirmed leisure centres can remain open, with strict operational measures in place.

Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “Giving people the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in these leisure centres will go a long way to maintaining the good health of local communities.

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“We’ve been overwhelmed with the support we have received from customers during these unprecedented times, and we’re so grateful. Like many other industries, leisure has been greatly affected by the lockdown.

We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the centres reopening and the facilities available to them.

“Ensuring we maintain a safe environment for our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measurements to ensure we adhere to the guidance.”

Councillor Linda Williams, Cabinet Member for Vibrant City, added: “The health and wellbeing of our residents has never been more important so I’m delighted to see these popular facilities reopening for the benefit of people in our communities.

For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, visit

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