Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby opens to public

Swimming pool at the centre Centre manager Jazz Holverson said he and his team were "delighted" to be involved in the launch

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A new £12m leisure centre in Warwickshire is opening its doors to the public for the first time.

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre in Rugby is holding an open weekend on Saturday and Sunday for visitors to tour the centre and try the facilities.

It marks the end of phase one of the development. Work on phase two is expected to be completed by the end of September.

It replaces the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, which closed after 40 years.

Visitors can use the centre's 25m swimming pool for just £1, try a range of classes, and also try the centre's climbing wall.

It also has a separate studio pool with moveable floor, a six-court sports hall, a large 100-station gym, space for dance and martial arts classes, and a coffee shop.

Councillor Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for economy, development and culture, said it was a fantastic opportunity to find out what the new leisure centre had to offer.

Phase two will include completing the demolition of the Ken Marriott Leisure Centre, building the new leisure centre car park and removing the temporary car park.

GLL, a charitable social enterprise, will run the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Centre on a not-for-profit basis, reinvesting profits into services.

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