‘Active Adventure’ at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre: Opens on Saturday!

image2-webBradley Stoke Matters was pleased to be invited along to a preview of the latest developments at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre yesterday.  Xheight, a 17 wall adventure climbing experience and Explore, an extensive soft play zone, are both part of the new Active Adventure experience, which is part of the centre’s ambitious building expansion.

We watched on as a handful of students from BSCS Community School enjoyed “an adrenaline filled session” on Xheight. After watching the health & safety video, the lads each climbed into their harness, donned a safety hat and took to the ropes! Strength, concentration and determination as well as competition were shown by Jack, Owen, Ricky, Lewis and Harry as the embarked on the 17 wall climbing experience. Mr Jones, Maths Teacher at the school, took up the challenge against his pupils and managed to climb The Race with the fastest time of 11.21 seconds!

This latest stage of the project, which will be open from Saturday 15th October, is a collaboration between Circadian Trust, who operate Active Centres, and South Gloucestershire Council.  It marks the beginning of the last phase of the redevelopment, with the whole £3.6 million investment due to be completed in January 2017.

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The  final phase will see the addition of a new Shape Master Toning suite and dedicated children’s party rooms, and the refurbishment of the function suites on the first floor. There will also be additional car parking spaces and a new design to the front of the building.

Work on the library will also be completed to improve accessibility and extend the service opening hours. Improved technology will allow local people to use the library through a swipe card access system.

Councillor Heather Goddard, Chair of the Environment Community Services Committee, said: “We are looking forward to these exciting developments at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre and library. We have tried to maintain normal services during the building work and are grateful to the users for their patience during the last few months.  The new attractions will make exercise fun and enjoyable in a friendly and modern environment and we are looking forward to seeing more people using this popular South Gloucestershire leisure centre.  I’m very pleased that the new facilities will be open for use during the forthcoming half-term holidays and I’m sure they’ll attract a lot of interest.”

image3-webFounder and director of Hangfast, who designed the climbing experience, John Beers said: “It’s great to see Bradley Stoke really benefitting from our active adventure facilities and for us to be a part of this development.  I’m confident that the introductory, fun climbing walls will prove to be such a hit with children, families and novice climbers and can inspire a new generation of climbers. At Hangfast, the focus is on ease of use of the product and financial return for the business, as well as a remarkable experience for the end user.”

With half term looming we’re sure that many others will be booking into a session at X-height which opens this Saturday alongside the new Explore extensive soft play zone. Let us know your best climb times!  To book your place at Active Adventure or find out more, please visit: http://adventure.activecentres.org/

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