£8m sports centre at Lincoln College ready to open to the public
Lincoln College's £8 million sports centre will open its doors this month.
The four-storey Deans: Sport and Leisure complex marks the college's single biggest investment in its 100-year history.
Offering everything from fitness sessions and aerobic classes to racquet sports and an outdoor all-weather pitch, it will be open to both students and the general public from Saturday, July 21.
The complex also has a hydrotherapy pool, trampolining room, climbing wall and hi-tech gym equipment which allows users to check e-mails and update their Facebook status while exercising.
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Its indoor sports hall is large enough to house seven badminton courts and can also be used for five-a-side football and basketball.
There is a range of beauty and physiotherapy treatments on offer at the on-site spa and beauty salon.
These facilities will also be used during term time for college students studying courses such as hairdressing and physiotherapy.
Ian Sackree, vice principal and deputy CEO of Lincoln College, said the new centre had something for everyone.
He said: "The complex is rich with facilities to keep the body and mind healthy.
"We believe this is the best facility of its kind in the region."
And Leslie Taylor, manager of Deans: Sport and Leisure, added: "Our open day is a week before the Olympics and we're going to have screens where people can watch The Games while they're exercising.
"We also want the Deans complex to become a bit of a social hub. The idea is mum can come down and have a haircut in our salon, dad can have a coffee and the kids can be taking part in activities.
"We're also going to have family nights and team gym sessions to encourage people to come down and exercise and socialise at the same time, rather than sitting at home and playing on computer games."
Simon Goodwin, 16 from Branston, who will be starting at Lincoln College in September, said: "The sports centre is a much more grown up environment and it's more equipped than I've been used to in school.
"It's going to be just the kind of facility pupils my age need as we mature and grow."
Joe Mitchell, 15 from Metheringham who is also starting the college in September, added: "I think the centre is really good and it's really different to what we've had at secondary school.
"I can see myself using it all the time and I'll be signing up for a membership straight away."
The Deans: Sport and Leisure complex will be open during term time from 6.30am until 8.45am and then from 5pm until 10pm on weekdays, and from 8am until 8pm on weekends.
Outside of term time, it will be open from 6.30am until 10pm weekdays and 8am until 8pm weekends.
Membership packages range from £20 to £35 per month. Non-members can also visit the gym using a pay as you go scheme, which starts at £5.