Melton families make a splash to celebrate Waterfield Leisure Centre’s 50th birthday

Staff and guests celebrate Waterfield Leisure Centre's 50th birthday EMN-150518-132236001
Staff and guests celebrate Waterfield Leisure Centre's 50th birthday EMN-150518-132236001
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Families had a splashing time on Saturday as they joined in the 50th birthday celebrations at Melton’s Waterfield Leisure Centre.

Visitors were able to take part in a host of free activities including swim and splash sessions, fitness classes and soft play sessions for younger children. Other fun activities included a bouncy castle and an outdoor ‘boot camp’ taster session.

The Shirley family enjoy a free splash session EMN-150518-133836001

The Shirley family enjoy a free splash session EMN-150518-133836001

Throughout the week, in the run-up to Saturday, the centre also gave away daily prizes to anyone who took out a membership or booked on to swim lessons, with 50 prizes dished out over the course of the week.

The Dalby Road facility, which underwent a £2.5m refurbishment a few years ago, is managed by Everyone Active in partnership with Melton Council.

Waterfield Leisure Centre contract manager Matthew Hopkin said: “We had a busy day on Saturday, the children’s activities really took off and all of the classes were full.

“The centre is a huge asset for the whole town and we currently run about 50 group classes a week. We’re always looking to improve on what we’ve got. Last month we improved the car park so we now have an extra 20 spaces to cope with increased demand. We’re also looking to grow the swim scheme and children’s activities will also be developed. In about a month’s time we’ll have extra free weights for people to use and next month we’re going to be organising buggy walks in Melton Country Park.”

Among the staff who also celebrated Waterfield’s golden milestone on Saturday was long-serving clients officer Robert Childs who was also celebrating his 50 years of employment with Melton Council.

It was on May 8, 1965 when the Marquess of Exeter officially opened the leisure centre. The grand opening followed 10 years of fundraising by the local community.

Originally the centre only featured a main pool, with a smaller pool following in 1973 after six years of being built.

For more about the centre and what it has to offer visit www.everyoneactive.com/centre/waterfield-leisure-centre/ or call (01664) 563550.