SOUTH Gloucestershire Olympic star, Strictly Come Dancing's Claudia Fragapane officially opened the redeveloped leisure centre in Longwell Green this week.

Following a £1.5m investment, improvements at the newly named Longwell Green Active Lifestyle Centre include a new fitness studio, an additional 25 stations in the fitness suite, new changing rooms and more poolside showers. There has also been significant investment in other parts of the building, with a new entrance and lobby.

Claudia, who uses the centre, won four gold medals at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and competed in the 2016 Olympic Games.

She said: “This is a fantastic centre for the people of Longwell Green – we’re lucky to have such great facilities on our doorstep.

"I’ve received so much support throughout my career from the residents of Longwell Green and it gave me great pleasure to open an even bigger and better centre for the residents of South Gloucestershire.”

The official opening took place at 10am on Wednesday, January 31, with partners, staff and contractors involved in the project gathering to watch Claudia cut the ribbon.

As part of the celebrations, the public were invited to look round the centre and try out the new and refurbished facilities.

Mark Crutchley, Chief Executive of Circadian Trust, which manages and operates the centre in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council said: “This has been a substantial project that has taken us almost a year to complete. I would like to thank our customers for being patient throughout the redevelopment process and hope they enjoy the new look Centre.

“As a not for profit organisation, we’re committed to reinvesting money back into Active Lifestyle Centres across South Gloucestershire, which means responding to demand and offering our customers a first-class lifestyle experience.”

Cabinet member for Communities and Tourism, Councillor Heather Goddard, said: “This is an exciting and ambitious partnership development that has secured Longwell Green Lifestyle Centre’s position as a destination for the whole community.”

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