The improvements to the facility include improved changing facilities, outdoor playing pitches and the provision of a brand new 3G artificial pitch and multi-use games area. There have also been improvements to the centre’s reception area, activity room and new community room and a youth recreation space.
The playing pitches surrounding the centre have also been redesigned and reconfigured with the flagship facility being a full size, floodlit 3G pitch which was funded by the Football Foundation. The centre now boasts three senior pitches and two junior pitches as well as the 3G pitch.
Leeds City Council provided the majority of the funding for the refurbishment with a £740k investment in the centre. This was supported by a Sport England Inspired Facilities Fund of £146,684 – funding specifically allocated to help build on the country’s success in the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games – and £199,40 from the Football Foundation.
Middleton Leisure Centre becomes one of 350 local community sports groups to benefit from a £17.4m Inspired Facilities Fund. In doing so, the building and its branding carries the London 2012 Inspire mark, cementing the centre’s link to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Councillor Kim Groves (Middleton Park) said:
“The new-look Middleton Leisure Centre and Middleton Active is a really great boost for sporting facilities in Middleton. The improvements will ensure that Middleton Active can not only now boast some best quality sport and leisure facilities in the city, but they also establish the centre as a local community hub thanks to the new meeting spaces and social care facilities.”
“Lots of people have worked very hard to ensure that this scheme went ahead and we are extremely grateful to Sport England and the Football Foundation for their contribution which will make a real difference to the facilities that we have here.”
“It is fantastic that Middleton Leisure Centre will feature the London 2012 Inspire branding. What better way to inspire people to get active then the brilliant success of our athletes at the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.”