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Multi-million pound Dagenham leisure centre opens its doors

PUBLISHED: 15:45 01 June 2011

first people entering Becontree Heath Leisure Centre opening today - swimmers to take a dip in the Olympic training pool

first people entering Becontree Heath Leisure Centre opening today - swimmers to take a dip in the Olympic training pool

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A state-of-the-art leisure centre set to host Olympic swimmers in 2012 opened its doors yesterday.

The much anticipated facility in Wood Lane, Dagenham, boasts a 25-metre pool with movable floor and a 13-metre mother and baby pool that will welcome water polo teams during the Olympics.

The £23million Becontree Heath leisure centre also features a gym, three workout studios for 150 sportsmen and women and a multi-purpose hall to play badminton, basketball and five-a-side football.

Barking and Dagenham leisure cabinet member, Cllr Bert Collins, said: “The facilities are top class, making this not only London’s newest leisure centre, but also one of the best.

“With the half-term holidays, it’s an ideal time to come down and see what Becontree Heath Leisure Centre has to offer.”

The centre will host more than 40 classes including dance-craze zumba, weight fitness, spinning and features an indoor soft play area, the Jolly Jungle, with slides and a ball pit plus a party room for 85 children available for hire.

Cllr Collins added: “After months of planning and building work, it will be fantastic to be able to welcome the public into this wonderful new leisure centre.

“With the large number of sports and fitness classes on offer there is something for everyone of all ages.”

The opening of the centre coincided with the closure of the Wood Lane Sports Centre, just 200 yards away, in April, .

The centre was put up for sale while a popular adventure playground inside, Kids Kingdom, closed.

Kids Kingdom has said it hoped to reopen at another location, perhaps in Barking and Dagenham.

Becontree Heath Leisure Centre is open 6.30am-10pm during the week, 8am-7pm on Saturday and 9am to 7pm on Sundays.

For more information, call 020 8227 3801, 020 8227 3338 or email membershipsales@lbbd.gov.uk.

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