Leisure centres and gyms announce plans to reopen on April 12

Leisure centres in Sunderland are set to reopen on Monday after receiving the green light from the Government.

It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed the next phase of lockdown will be eased on April 12, with leisure centres, gyms and non-essential retail allowed to reopen.

The leisure centres reopening include:

  • Sunderland Aquatic Centre
  • Hetton Community Pool and Wellness Centre, Hetton-le-Hole
  • Houghton Sports and Wellness Centre
  • Washington Leisure Centre
  • Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre
  • Raich Carter Sports Centre, Hendon

The pool at Raich Carter Sports Centre will remain closed until further notice, however Sunderland Aquatic Centre is reopening after significant renewal works to its roof.

Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope reopened on Monday, March 29.

The centres, which are managed by sports and leisure operator Everyone Active in partnership with Sunderland City Council, will reopen their doors following a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ian Bradgate, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We’re very much looking forward to reopening our centres and welcoming back the local community.

“After being closed for three months, the latest step in the Government’s roadmap is a positive move forward for the leisure industry and gives people of all ages the opportunity to resume activity and exercise in their leisure centre.

“We are particularly pleased to be reopening the pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre, which will serve all sections of the community and will supplement the gym and other facilities at the site.

“Ensuring our colleagues and customers remain safe at our centres remains our number one priority and we have carefully considered the strict measures to ensure we adhere to the guidance.

“We will be contacting all customers directly over the coming days regarding the reopening of centres. We look forward to welcoming everyone back and thank them for their patience.”

Fiona Brown, Executive Director of Neighbourhoods at Sunderland City Council, said: “We know that many of our residents will be really looking forward to leisure centres reopening, and especially being able to swim in the pool at Sunderland Aquatic Centre again, so I’m delighted that in partnership with Everyone Active we’re able to welcome everyone back.”

For further information on Everyone Active and its leisure centres, click here.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland