The wealth of leisure improvements in the Wokingham Borough continues this month as Ryeish Green Sports Hub opens its doors to the public following more than £4million cash injection from Wokingham Borough Council.
The new centre includes a state-of-the-art 45 station gym for members, a studio, four-court sports hall, changing rooms, as well as a full-size 3G football pitch, and grass pitches.
Improvements at Ryeish Green have been funded by developer contributions, which is part of the planning agreements for the major housing developments in the area as well as the planned investment due to the new leisure contract with Places for People. This means that these facilities are provided at no cost to the tax payer.
Cllr Norman Jorgensen, executive member for environment, leisure and libraries, said: “We continue to expand and invest in our leisure centres for everyone of all ages to enjoy. I am delighted we have opened an improved, modern leisure facility in the western part of Wokingham Borough as it will provide many more opportunities for people to have access to first class leisure facilities and help to ensure we can meet the increased need as more people move to the area.
“We are proud to be investing in leisure facilities across the borough to help ensure our residents can live healthy and active lives. And there is more to come with new leisure centre at Bulmershe well underway after we received planning permission earlier this year, and a new leisure hub being built at Carnival from 2020.”
Back in 2015, the borough council held a public consultation on sport and leisure improvements in Shinfield, Spencers Wood and Three Mile Cross. One of the options looked at was the future of the former Ryeish Green Sports Hub which had closed in 2010, and it was made clear that local people wanted to see the centre available for sporting, local and school use.
The centre opened to the public on Monday 20 August. The venue will be open Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 10pm, on Saturday from 8am to 6pm and on Sunday from 8am to 8pm. Customers can find out more information and sign up for memberships at www.ryeishgreensportshub.org
Places Leisure runs Wokingham Borough Council’s centres including Loddon Valley, Carnival Pool, and St Crispin’s, as well as the new centres at Arborfield and Ryeish Green.
Tony Penge Contract Manager for Places Leisure said, “We are delighted to have worked with the Council to reopen Ryeish Green Sports Hub and are pleased to unveil the venue’s brand-new look. We hope that the new centre will be a hub for the local community, offering a broad range of activities and facilities to inspire more people to take up more active and healthier lifestyles. The centre will bring huge benefits for all, including school children, local sports clubs and community groups and we are looking forward to welcoming our community to their new leisure home.”