A rebuilt Leisure World would provide state of the art facilities and help improve public health, according to the centre’s manager.
And Adam Mainprize, who has been manager for nine years, says that he and his staff are “very excited” for plans for the new centre to come to fruition “especially in comparison with the tired building we have at the moment.”
Mr Mainprize has been heavily involved in consultations with sports clubs, users and national sporting organisations in the run up to the plans being announced, and says a bigger and better Leisure World will “dramatically increase attendance”.
He said: “Everyone is very excited, we think we have put together the best plans we could have.
“We have listened to what people have been saying over my nine years here and think this will be a great thing for Bridlington.
“Having a purpose built facility will have a big impact on public health. We currently receive referrals for users who are obese, or who need excercise, but we struggle to accomodate them without the proper consultation rooms. With those and an expanded and specifically designed gym it will make it much easier.
“We have seen a rise in the number of people using the gym as society has moved on, people look after themselves better, and we are expecting the numbers of people attending and using the new Leisure World will increase dramatically.”
While public health will improve, Mr Mainprize also believes new facilities will provide a big boost to Bridlington’s sports scene.
“We have been talking to lots of clubs: swimming; archery; badminton and squash and liasing with people like Sport England and the Yorkshire Cricket Board about indoor cricket provision, to make sure we have the right specifications in the new centre,” he continued.
“We want to help grassroots sport.”
Mr Mainprize, 42, of Bridlington, started his career at Leisure World as a changing room attendant in 1988 before moving on to management roles and returning in 2004.
He admits that the centre - a 1974 swimming pool built onto the 1930s Three Bs theatre with a wave pool and glass roof updated in the 1980s - was “looking tired” and that a rebuilt Leisure World, which include public spaces and a cafe with sea views, would “benefit the people who live here, as well as being a boost for tourism”.
While Leisure World closes for work to be carried out this winter, existing permanent staff will be re-deployed at Bridlington Sports Centre on Gypsey Road, or where appropriate, at other leisure centres in the East Riding.
Some temporary staff taken on recently see their contracts end around the time of the current building’s closure, and Mr Mainprize confirmed that more staff would be needed once the facility re-opens.