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New £16m Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park opens

Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park
Image caption The centre is equipped with two 25m-long pools

A new multi-million pound leisure centre has opened in Merseyside, which will also provide a new home for the region's basketball team.

The £16.1m Knowsley Leisure and Culture Park is equipped with two pools, a sports hall, gym, dance studio, spa and beauty treatment areas.

The complex has been built on the former St Thomas Becket School site in Longview Drive, Huyton.

Mersey Tigers have announced they will play their home fixtures at the centre.

The sports centre will be equipped with two 25m-long swimming pools.

A Knowsley Council spokesman said that later in the year, a 400m outdoor velodrome and BMX track is due to open.

"The BMX track will be located in the centre of the velodrome, which has only been seen once before in Europe at Antwerp in Belgium," he said.

Councillor Eddie Connor, cabinet member for leisure, community and culture, said: "It's great that we are able to offer such extensive facilities in Knowsley, including our new velodrome and BMX track.

"I'd encourage as many people as possible to come and have a look around and use the world-class facilities we have on offer here."

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