Highbridge sports centre to open after £450k refurbishment
King Alfred Sports Centre is set to open its new facilities next
week following a £450,000 refurbishment project.
centre has been equipped with state-of-the-art interactive fitness
technology, which is the first to be installed on a school site
in the UK.
The facilities have been transformed with investment from leisure
firm 1610 and Somerset County Council.
building was severely damaged by flooding in the summer of 2014,
forcing part of the centre to be closed temporarily to allow the
refurbishment work to take place.
Hannah and Lauren Bird from Burnham-On-Sea, who are members of
Britain's water skiing team, will officially open the centre's
new dance and fitness studio on Tuesday 15th December at 10am.
the opening of the new facilities a number of VIPs including Spanish
representatives from Pramas HQ, Technogym, and members of
Somerset County Council will tour the new studio and gym where
1610 staff will demonstrate the new equipment.
Year 10 Pupils from King Alfred School have already been given
a sneak preview of the equipment ahead of the official opening.
They were the first schoolchildren in the UK to try out the new
Under the Sport England FANS scheme, Hannah Bird, 16, and Lauren
Bird, 14, as members of Team GB will have free access to the facilities
at King Alfred Sports Centre where they will train.
father and water skiing coach Steve Bird says that the girls are
very excited to open the new facilities. "It's absolutely
fantastic to be able to use this sort of equipment as training
in the gym five days a week can be monotonous - so to be able
to use a system that is so versatile and can bring new elements
to their training is brilliant," he said. "It will be
an invaluable tool for their preparation for the European Championships
The General Manager of the King Alfred Sports Centre, Matt Harras,
said the new Prama technology has inspired the pupils and staff
at the school.
was wonderful to see the reaction of the pupils trying out the
equipment for the first time and they were lucky enough to be
the first in the UK to have access to such leading edge technology
on their doorstep. Both staff and students have taken to the new
technology with enthusiasm. Now the wider community in Highbridge
will also be able to enjoy the new technology which will revolutionise
the way they work out in the future."