Chelmsford City Council

'Community Celebration’ at Riverside Leisure Centre this Saturday

Riverside Community Open Day 2019

Chelmsford’s new Riverside Leisure Centre will be holding a ‘Community Celebration’ for residents to try out the complex on Saturday 15 June. Visitors will get a taste of what the cutting-edge facility has to offer, with many free activities for everyone, whether they are members or not. 

There’ll be an opportunity to try out the new 10-lane pool, with fun sessions for younger swimmers and free coaching and advice from Chelmsford Swimming Club. In the new gym, guests can have personal training sessions and join a workshop on Olympic lifting techniques. The new leisure hub also has high-specification fitness studios and a series of tasters for the latest classes, including dance workout 'Sh'bam', martial arts-inspired 'Body Combat' and new virtual sessions will also be available. The centre is fully accessible and a ‘Sport for Confidence’ session for anyone experiencing barriers getting into sport will be running during the afternoon.

Leisure Centres Manager Sarah Smith thinks it’s a great way to say thank you to members: “We’re really looking forward to celebrating the opening of our brand-new centre with the residents of our city. Our members are incredibly important to us and special days like this are a great way to show how much we appreciate their loyalty and support.”

The special programme of events isn't the only way the centre will be demonstrating its gratitude to patrons old and new. All existing Riverside members and anyone enquiring about new memberships have been entered into a draw for free premium access to the site for the next 10 years and the winner will be revealed on Saturday. Tours of the centre will be running all day and there’ll be activities for younger visitors, including messy play in the creche and family fun in the sports hall. Staff will be on hand to answer questions and help new customers sign up for a free ourChelmsford card, which allows a range of different levels of access, from ‘pay-as-you-go’ options to full premium membership. 

Jon Lyons, Chelmsford City Council’s Leisure and Heritage Manager says it’s a great way to find out about the city’s flagship leisure facility: “Chelmsford has a really vibrant city centre and we’re fortunate to have a fantastic public leisure centre right at its heart. If you haven’t been for a while, or you’re simply curious about what’s been going on over the last couple of years, please come along. We’re really proud of this exciting, accessible centre and you won’t be disappointed. The sessions we’re running should give you a real sense of the scale of what’s on offer here.”

Activities start at 12 noon and finish at 5pm, with a junior ice hockey match at 5pm. Many of the sessions are free - please see for more details.

Tuesday 11 June 2019.

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