Total Swimming Event Marks The Opening of 2 Leicestershire Leisure Centres

Total Swimming have started 2016 in style by managing and hosting a double event in Leicestershire along with the help of a handful of Olympians to mark the celebration opening of 2 leisure centres.

More than 250 youngsters took part in the free events organised by Total Swimming which included the opportunity to try out fast swimming, waterpolo, synchronised swimming, rookie lifeguarding and CPR.

For many, the highlight of the opening events was the attendance of Double Olympic gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington. The 26-year-old swimmer was at the brand new Wigston Pool and Fitness Centre and recently refurbished Parklands Leisure Centre on Sunday, January 10th.

Rebecca was joined by fellow swimming Olympians, Steve Parry, James Goddard, Craig Figes, Fran Leighton, Vicki Lucass, and Zoe Cooper, who led the sessions as children rotated the disciplines in groups. Wigston Pool recently opened and boasts a 60-station gym, a six-lane 25 metre swimming pool and a sauna. Parklands, in Oadby, has also undergone a £4 million refurbishment, which now provides a 115-station gym, a new six-lane swimming pool, two dedicated studios for dance, virtual group exercise classes and group cycling, an eight-court sports hall, a large function suite and a new café and seating area.

The facilities are managed by SLM Everyone Active. Councillor John Boyce, the leader of Oadby and Wigston Borough Council, said: "I am delighted the two pools are now open. May I take this opportunity to thank all those who have made it possible. These upgraded facilities will serve the Borough’s residents for many years to come. I hope those taking part in the event enjoy the day, and as many as people possible will enjoy the pools in the future." Total Swimming Events continue their partnership with Everyone Active to assist their mission of getting 500,000 children active.

Zoggs supported the event by providing swimming caps for all participants taking part.