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Stour Centre Leisure Pool on track to open this autumn!

Published: 07/10/2021

Freedom Leisure and Ashford Borough Council are delighted to confirm that the refurbishment of the leisure pool and learner pool at The Stour Centre is nearing completion. The main 25m pool reopened in July and now with the announcement that the leisure pool and learner pool are due to reopen soon, it heralds another milestone in the £7.5m investment in Ashford’s Stour Centre.

Although an exact date cannot be confirmed as yet, we are confident that in early November we will be able to welcome swimmers back to the popular attraction to ride the flumes and experience all the new and exciting play features.

The newly refurbished Stour Centre, with its brand new facilities including an amazing gym, a fabulous multi-level soft-play and an exciting, interactive Clip and Climb, reopened to the public on 1 June. The reopening of the leisure pool and learner pool will be hugely welcomed by many of the centres previous customers as well as our new members that joined since the opening and will be a great benefit to all visitors to The Stour Centre.

Ivan Horsfall Turner Managing Director at Freedom Leisure said: “We are so pleased to be re-opening the leisure pool and learner pool. We know that these swimming facilities in Ashford have been missed by people wanting to spend precious leisure time with the family or learning to swim and we look forward to welcoming everyone very soon.”

Cllr Matthew Forest portfolio holder for Culture, Tourism and Leisure at Ashford Borough Council said: "We are very excited to announce the impending re-opening of the leisure pool which will greatly enhance the leisure offer at this fabulous newly refurbished facility and it will provide active recreation for everyone in order to support healthy lifestyles."

New water play 

The pool will reopen with an exciting array of new water play features to make a visit to the leisure pool even more fun and interactive than ever before for our younger swimmers.

The refurbishment of the pool has been an extensive programme of works over a period of many months including the complete replacement of all the wall tiles in the leisure pool and the relining of the learner pool as well as improvements to the lighting.

The team at the centre are now working tirelessly to make sure the pool is clean and ready to receive visitors before an exact opening date can be confirmed but we are hopeful for early November 2021.