Leeds Olympic heroes to officially open new Holt Park Active

Caption: Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure and skills and centre manager Mark Robinson poolside at Holt Park Active.

Olympic heroes Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee will be among the star-studded line-up on hand to officially open the new Holt Park Active wellbeing centre next week.

The triathlete brothers, who scooped gold and bronze respectively at the London 2012 games, will be joined by para-cyclist David Stone, who won gold at the 2012 Paralympics.

Also at the opening on December 9 will be Dick Gradley, who captained the British gymnastics team at the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

Following speeches from Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills and Cllr Adam Ogilvie, the council’s executive member for adult social care, the athletes will unveil a plaque to mark the official opening of the £28m centre.

Cllr Yeadon said: “It’s a real testament to the fantastic facilities on offer at Holt Park Active that some of our Olympics and Paralympic stars will be coming along for the official opening and to have a look around.

“The response from the local community since the centre first opened its doors in October has been amazing and even in such a short time, Holt Park Active has already firmly established itself as a hub for the whole community.”

The flagship wellbeing centre on Holtdale Approach is the first of its kind in Leeds and includes a range of flexible spaces for activities and support services for people of all ages and abilities.

The centre features a 70-station Bodyline gym, 25-metre pool, hydrotherapy and learning pools, dance studio, café, garden, sports hall, multi-activity rooms, Changing Places facility and meeting / training areas.

Since opening to the public, the centre has also become home to a range of activities for older people, with service users who attended traditional day centre settings like Queenswood Drive now enjoying new activities at Holt Park Active.

Customers from the Learning Disability Service are also now using the centre as a brand new base.

Councillor Adam Ogilvie said: “Holt Park Active is a really important asset to the city, not only from a sporting perspective but also as a shining example of what we want to offer our older people and those with disabilities both now and in the future.

“The response we’ve had from those already using the centre has been really positive and we’re looking forward to giving more of our service users the chance to try out these state-of-the-art facilities.”

The project to build the new centre was overseen by Leeds City Council, with funding from the Department of Health through the Private Finance Initiative PFI.

Work has been carried out through the Local Education Partnership alongside their contractor Interserve Construction.

For further information visit www.leeds.gov.uk/holtparkactive, call 0113 378 1301 or follow @HoltParkActive on Twitter.


- Media are invited to attend the official opening event at Holt Park Active on December 9 from 10am. A plaque will be unveiled at approximately 10.45am.

- For more details or to confirm attendance, contact:
Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk