Staff and members at Highbridge’s King Alfred Sports Centre are celebrating 12 months of growth and success following a major £250,000 refurbishment.

When a sudden summer storm severely damaged King Alfred’s Sports Centre at Highbridge in August 2014 – as we reported here – staff were left with a huge mess to clear up and they mounted a round the clock operation to get the centre up and running again.

The roof of the building, the gym, dance studio, bar and reception area were all badly damaged and part of the facility was closed temporarily to allow the refurbishment work to take place.

£250,000 was spent by owners 160 transforming the centre which fully reopened at the end of November last year and now, 12 months on, the centre is thriving with a 35% rise in membership.

1610 has celebrated the milestone with a party when prizes were also awarded to members to reward them for their support during the past year.

The centre now has 530 members signed up to enjoy its modern facilities, which include the innovative and interactive Prama training technology. The centre was the first school site to have the technology installed anywhere in the world.

The Prama studio has proved to be a huge hit with users, from disabled groups to sports teams. The multi-sensory technology has inspired users to work out in a fun but challenging way using integrated LED lights, sensors and touch screens.

Centre Manager Kelly Burne told “It has been an extraordinary year for the centre which has enjoyed great support from the local community which is clearly enjoying the new facilities, particularly Prama.”

“We have had gymnasts from Exeter, local rugby clubs and many people with serious health issues who have come along and really benefited from the unique exercise format of Prama.”

“The investment in the centre has clearly paid off as we have also seen an increase in attendances at exercise classes and especially Clubbercise. We thanked members with a party which was great fun to do as we gave out presents to members throughout the day which made the occasion very special.”