Lottery cash makes a big splash at leisure centre
A LEISURE centre is set to reopen after a major refurbishment project helped by lottery cash.
The public will be able to see inside the new-look facility in Sleaford on Tuesday, October 15.
Sleaford Leisure Centre has been closed for the past year to allow the £2.85 million works to be completed.
The scheme is one of countless Lincolnshire good causes that have been aided by money supplied by the National Lottery – with £234.1 million has been spent since 1994.
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Between 9am and 11am there will be organised group swims, followed by free swimming for the public between 11am and 2pm.
The improvements include changes to the pool with new seating and relocated changing facilities and health suite.
A new splash zone and water play facility has also been put in for children aged under three.
There have been changes to the gym, dance studio and reception area.
The building will be re-clad and receive a new frontage incorporating a new canopy and glazed entrance.
A spokesman from the National Lottery said: “Sleaford Leisure Centre is one of the hundreds of local organisations whose sports facilities have been revitalised with funding from The National Lottery.
“It was awarded £150,000 by Sport England.
“Tired, worn out, old facilities make it harder for people to start or keep doing sport.
“They can also be more expensive to run and difficult to maintain.
“That’s why the National Lottery is helping community sports centres to stay at the top of their game through Sport England’s Inspired Facilities fund.”
Elsewhere in the county, money continues to go to projects that have long-lasting benefits for communities.
These include Lincoln Film Society, which this year received around £10,000 to create an open air and mobile cinema and free multimedia workshops.
Shooting Fish Youth Theatre, in Gainsborough got £9,500 to deliver free workshops for young people and their families living in a rural community.
Lincolnshire Sports Partnership received £340,000 of funding for activities between 2011 and 2015, while Lincoln Business Improvement Group (BIG) was given £77,900 earlier this year.
Lincolnshire Media has now teamed up with the National Lottery to give online readers the chance to win £20,000.
From Monday, September 30, people have been entering the competition through the news group’s websites.
One person from across the country will be chosen for each of the two weeks the scheme is running for.
To be in with a chance of winning the cash, visit www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk/lotto.
By playing the National Lottery you help raise £35m every week for Good Causes. To see this difference this makes in your community visit www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk