Chesterfield sports centre plans get £2million boost

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More sports courts and larger pools will be on offer to fitness fans in Chesterfield after a £2million funding grant from Sport England for a new centre.

Plans for a new Queens Park Sports Centre had already been approved by Chesterfield Borough Council, but the scheme has now been upgraded after the authority received the grant.

It means the building will now have a larger main pool than before - eight lanes, up from six - as well as two more sports courts, a larger learner pool and extra studio space on the building’s first floor.

The centre, to be built on Queen’s Park Annexe, will also have an 80-piece gym, midwifery centre and cafe with social space.

Councillor Amanda Serjearnt, the authority’s executive member for leisure, said: “Along with the collaboration agreement and funding committed by Chesterfield College, this £2 million grant from Sport England will make a huge difference to the quality of the sports provision we will be able to offer to our residents and visitors in the future.

“Since we first announced the project in early 2013, we have consistently said that we would seek grants to improve the number of activities and the space in the new centre and we have worked closely with national governing bodies, local sports groups and current users of our sport and leisure centres to achieve this.

“One of the council’s top priorities is to encourage people to lead healthy and active lifestyles and the new purpose-built Queen’s Park Sports Centre with its extended swimming pool and sports courts will allow us to offer more space and activities than is possible in the current sports centre. The new design is very space and energy efficient with more activity space being provided in a smaller building footprint than at present.”

Charles Johnston, Sport England’s property director, added: “The right facilities in the right areas are fundamental in providing more people with the opportunity to play sport.

“We’re investing in the new Queen’s Park Sports Centre to provide outstanding facilities which will encourage more people to take up sport and create a sporting habit for life.”