£25m centre will be a catalyst for sport

East Riding Leisure Bridlington manager Adam Mainprize in the sports hall at the new centre.
East Riding Leisure Bridlington manager Adam Mainprize in the sports hall at the new centre.

The man in charge of Bridlington’s new £25m leisure centre has predicted it will lead to new sports clubs being set up in the town.

As it was revealed that the seafront complex will open its doors on Monday May 23, manager Adam Mainprize said he is confident the facility will inspire more people to start playing more sports.

The vast sports hall has been designed with flexibility in mind and can be divided up into smaller sections, so that a number of sports can be played at the same time, throughout the day.

Mainprize said: “In the past, if we had a five-a-side team using the sports hall, no-one else could use that facility. Now, we can have more people utilising the space, more often.

“We will have badminton, hockey, netball, football, basketball, volleyball, short-mat bowls, fencing, tennis, and some of these sports have not been offered by us before.

“It could lead to new grass-roots clubs and will stimulate the growth of sport in the town, and if we can do that, we can help clubs to achieve their goals.”

Indoor cricket nets are being installed at the centre later this week, and basketball facilities will follow shortly afterwards.

A number of local sports clubs have already been invited to take a tour of the building, and they now only have to wait six weeks before they can get in and use the facilities.

Local swimmers will be among the first to compete in the impressive centre, as a gala will be held days before the pool opens to the public.

The six-lane 25m pool has a scoreboard and room for 150 spectators to watch the action.

But when competitive action is taking place, leisure swimmers will still be able to get in the water.

“We were very limited with public swimming in the old building, but the key message for the new centre is that you can come along at any time and enjoy a swim.

“Before, when we had swimming lessons or school classes or clubs meeting, a lot of people were frustrated that we had to tell them they couldn’t use the pool at that time. That’s a thing of the past now.”

The new 25m pool for galas will have state-of-the-art timing systems, which will save local swimmers from having to travel to get qualifying times for regional competitions.

“If they wanted to go to the Yorkshire Championships, they had to go out of town, but now Bridlington will be able to welcome clubs from Scarborough and Driffield.

Staff are hopeful that minority sports will see a boost in numbers participating

Mainprize said: “We are having a resurgence in squash at the moment. We are hoping the new centre will offer grass roots coaching to get young people involved in the sport too.”

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