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Christmas Opening Hours

We have listed our Christmas opening hours for 2018 and New Years 2019

Days
Times
 Monday 17th DecemberNormal
Tuesday 18th DecemberNormal
Wednesday 19th DecemberNormal
Thursday 20th DecemberNormal
Friday 21st DecemberNormal
Saturday 22nd DecemberNormal
Sunday 23rd DecemberNormal
Monday 24th December

06:30-16:00

Tuesday 25th December

Closed

Wednesday 26th December

Closed

Thursday 27th December

06:30-14:00

Friday 28th December

06:30-14:00

Saturday 29th December

Normal

Sunday 30th December

Normal

Monday 31st December

06:30-14:00

Tuesday 1st January

Closed

Wednesday 2nd JanuaryNormal
Thursday 3rd JanuaryNormal
Friday 4th JanuaryNormal

 

 


NPLQ Course

Complete your National Pool Lifeguard Qualification at Whitchurch Swimming Centre

Dates:

Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July 2015
Saturday 11th & Sunday 12th July 2015
Saturday 18th Sunday & 19th July 2015

Examination will take place on Sunday 19th July 2015

 
Prices:
£313.80Standard Price
£260.10BeActive Card Holders
£188.3016 & 17 year olds


Additional Information

All candidates must be 16years old, and complete a swim test.

If you require any more information please ask at Reception or contact Whitchurch Swimming Centre (01948) 662187

The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification is the minimum requirement to gain employment as a lifeguard at Shropshire Leisure Centres.
 


Whitchurch Swimming Centre Changing Room Refurbishment

As from Monday 27th October works will be commencing on the refurbishment of the changing rooms, this will take approximately 4 weeks to complete.

During this time Whitchurch Swimming Centre will remain open, and changing facilities will be re-located within the building.

½ of the spectator area will be sectioned off and will become the male changing room for the complete time of the refurb. Gents will be able to access the foyer toilets, but they will not have access to showers for this period.

Whilst the ladies changing room is being completed the ladies will have access to the normal male changing area.

Obviously whilst the refurbishment is going on there will be limited spectator space. 
We apologise for any inconvenience caused during this time.

Thank you for your continued support and patience while refurbishment is completed.


Swimathon 2014

Take on a challenge and swim for Sport Relief!

Swimathon will be taking place at Whitchurch Swimming Centre on Sunday 23rd March 2014, 09:15 - 12:15 with all monies raised going towards Sport Relief.

Visit the Swimathon website for more information.


Leisure Centre Improvements

It’s well over a year now since Shropshire Council appointed Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, working with managing agent Serco Leisure, to manage five leisure centres across the county, as part of a new approach to the delivery of leisure activities, and so much progress has been made!

Here is an overview of the improvements made:

  • Each of the five centres has benefitted from £1.2 million worth of investment in terms of facilities and equipment. This includes the fitness suite refurbishments at Market Drayton, Shrewsbury Sports Village and Oswestry Leisure Centre. The Quarry has benefitted from shower and lighting upgrades and the introduction of direct debit payments for swimming lessons across the contract has been introduced to make life easier and increase payment options for parents.
     
  • Plans for continued investment into improving facilities include a funding bid which has been secured with Shropshire Council for £250,000 to redevelop the Market Drayton changing rooms in 2014.
     
  • Opening hours were extended at the leisure centres making the facilities even more accessible to the local community. Shrewsbury Sports Village now opens from 6.00am weekdays, Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre from 6.30am weekdays and Oswestry Leisure Centre from 6.30am on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.
     
  • To mark these achievements, friends and family were invited to the 1 year anniversary Open Day on 1st August to take part in a variety of FREE activities at all of our centres.

Our mission in Shropshire is a simple one - to provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment for the local community, at an affordable cost.


August Anniversary Open Days

Market Drayton
Thursday 1st August
Join us to celebrate our one year anniversary as a Shropshire Community Leisure Trust site!

  • Kids FREE Disco Fun Swim – 10:00-11:30am
  • Kids FREE Outdoor Swim – 12:00-3:00pm

If on the day we have to close because of bad weather, the Disco Fun Swim will become free for kids from 1:30-3:00pm.

Shrewsbury Sports Village
Thursday 1st August 09:00 - 12:00

  • Free access to the gym
  • Free Gym Circuits & Pilates class 11:00 till 12:00.
  • Free activities ranging from Cycling, Football, Bouldering & Zumbathon.
  • Prize draw for new members, with the chance to win a brand new Mini for the weekend and a meal for two at Zizzis.

The Quarry

  • Swimming pool - Free fun session Thursday 1st August  12:00 - 2:00
  • Fitness suite competitions running throughout August
    • Fastest 1000m row wins free 1-2-1 training session including nutrition plan
    • Fastest  10k cycle wins free 1 -2-1 training session including nutrition plan
    • Fastest 365 foot climb on stepper wins free 1.2-1 training session including nutrition plan

Challenges run throughout august, Prizes for both male and female champions.

Whitchurch Swimming Centre
Dive into our FREE Beach Party and help us celebrate!
Thursday 1st August - 2.30pm - 4.00pm


Shropshire Community Leisure Trust celebrates first anniversary with community open day

July 2013

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (SCLT) are hosting a fun and free Open Day for the local community on Thursday 1st August to celebrate its first anniversary of managing five of the county’s leisure centres on behalf of Shropshire Council, namely:

  • Market Drayton Swimming Centre;
  • Oswestry Leisure Centre;
  • Shrewsbury Sports Village and Indoor Bowls Hall;
  • Whitchurch Swimming Centre; and
  • The Quarry Fitness and Swimming Centre in Shrewsbury

A new approach

The 10 year contract, which commenced on 1st August 2012, heralded a new approach to service delivery in the county and SCLT, in partnership with managing agent, Serco and Shropshire Council and has made a number of improvements to services in the past year.

Each of the five centres have benefitted from £1.2 million worth of investment in terms of facilities and equipment. This includes the fitness suite refurbishments at Market Drayton, Shrewsbury Sports Village and Oswestry Leisure Centre. The Quarry has benefitted from shower and lighting upgrades and the introduction of direct debit payments for swimming lessons across the contract has been introduced to make life easier and increase payment options for parents.

Plans for continued investment into improving facilities include a funding bid which has been secured with Shropshire Council for £250,000 to redevelop Market Drayton changing rooms in 2013/14.

Opening hours were extended at the leisure centres making the facilities even more accessible to the local community. Shrewsbury Sports Village now opens from 6.00am weekdays, Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre from 6.30am weekdays and Oswestry Leisure Centre from 6.30am on Mondays,Wednesday and Fridays.

These improvements’ resulted in increased patronage, particularly with the ‘health and fitness’ membership which has increased from just over 1,000 to over 3,500 in just 12 months.

Open Day

To mark these achievements, friends and family are invited to the Open Day and take part in a variety of FREE activities which will be taking place at each of the five centres. This includes, workout taster classes and "Have a go" sports hall games including Badminton and Table Tennis. 

In addition, there is the chance to win a one year health & fitness membership and one term of swimming lessons via our Facebook pages, GymIn Shrops and SwimIn Shrops.

Brian Taylor,Chairman of Shropshire Community Leisure Trust commented: “We are delighted by how much progress has been made in the past year. The huge amount of investment in the facilities has already seen large increases in patronage and the creation of 10new jobs. The Open Days at the facilities are the perfect opportunity to come along and see the changes first hand and we very much look forward to celebrating with the local community on 1st August.”

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust’s mission is a simple one – to provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment for the local community, at an affordable cost.   


Swimathon 2013

Swimathon 2013 will give thousands of swimmers the opportunity take on Swimathon’s established Distance challenges, including the Individual 5k, Individual 2.5k and Individual 1.5k! Up to five people can also create a team to take on the Team 5k and Team 1.5k challenges. All challenges are in support of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Swimathon is a nationwide swimming challenge, which began in 1986. The event encourages swimmers across the UK to swim a variety of challenge distances at their local pool and raise money for charity. Since established, more than half a million swimmers have taken part, raising over £38 million for charitable causes

Visit the Swimathon website for more info: www.swimathon.org
 


County Swimmers set for River Severn Comic Relief Challenge

Thousands of young swimmers from across Shropshire will be raising money for Comic Relief between 9th and 15th March, as part of a county-wide challenge to swim the equivalent of the length of the River Severn. 

Launched by the STA Shropshire Swim Academy, which runs swim classes at all six local authority-run leisure centres in Shrewsbury, Whitchurch, Oswestry, Market Drayton, Much Wenlock and Bridgnorth, the thousands of youngsters enrolled on its swim classes will be given the opportunity to take part in the ‘Swim the Severn’ challenge during their normal swim sessions.

Each of the six centres will be given a specific distance* to achieve as part of the challenge, which is based on the ratio of how many pupils are enrolled at each site. Between them, the children aim to complete 350km, the length of the River Severn, the longest river in the UK.

Lisa Smith, Shropshire Swim Academy Manager, said the ‘Swim the Severn’ challenge will take place during all classes held between March 9 and 15 at each of the six leisure centres.

“Everyone, no matter how far they can swim, will be taking part, which is absolutely fantastic,” she said. “From our youngest learners, who can only swim a length of the pool with buoyancy aids, to our advanced swimmers who can swim hundreds of metres, this is going to be a special week to raise money for a very deserving cause.

“It’s the ideal time for the swimmers to show off exactly what they can do in the pool and I have no doubt that many of them will use the charity challenge to make sure they get their next distance badges.”

To kick-start the ‘Swim the Severn’ challenge, the Quarry Swimming & Fitness Centre in Shrewsbury is inviting children to come along to a free aquatic taster session on Saturday 2nd March where they can also meet STAnley, STA’s cute water safety mascot. Contact the centre for details.

STA and Shropshire Council launched the STA Shropshire Swim Academy in January 2011 to improve the quality of swim teaching in the county and offer a standardised learning programme.

The Academy has gone from strength to strength, with uptake for swimming classes across all disciplines soaring by 45 per cent and more classes than ever before.

For further information on how to take part, please contact your local leisure centre.


New Café opens at Oswestry Leisure Centre adding to investment in leisure facilities across Shropshire

30th January 2013

Customers and the local community of Oswestry can now enjoy a brand new café service at Oswestry Leisure Centre, which opened for business this month.  The poolside area will serve a full range of Costa coffee drinks and snacks, complementing the existing seating area.

Oswestry Leisure Centre has already recently undergone an extensive refurbishment of its fitness suite in recent months, including the creation of a brand new 75 station fitness space plus a new retail area for swim wear and accessories.

On 1st August 2012, Shropshire Council appointed Shropshire Community Leisure Trust (SCLT), working with managing agent Serco Leisure.  Under the contract with Shropshire Community Leisure Trust, Serco provides management services to five leisure centres across the county namely: Market Drayton Swimming Centre, Oswestry Leisure Centre, Shrewsbury Sports Village and Indoor Bowls Hall, Whitchurch Swimming Centre and the Quarry Fitness and Swimming Centre in Shrewsbury, as part of a new approach to service delivery.  The 10 year contract commenced on 1st August 2012 and has already seen £1.2 million investment in facilities and equipment across the facilities.

In addition, SCLT has announced new extended opening hours at the leisure facilities.  Shrewsbury Sports Village is now open from 6.00am weekdays, Market Drayton Swimming & Fitness Centre from 6.30am weekdays and Oswestry Leisure Centre from 6.30am on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

Brian Taylor, Chairman of Shropshire Community Leisure Trust commented ‘We are delighted to announce the opening of the Oswestry café and the new extended opening hours at the centres. 
So much progress has been made since SCLT were appointed to manage the centres, including the investment into the fitness suites at Oswestry, Market Drayton and Shrewsbury Sports Village. This investment has already seen the creation of 10 jobs including fitness instructors, café staff, lifeguards, swimming teachers and aerobics instructors in the centres with further investment scheduled for 2013’.

Shropshire Community Leisure Trust’s mission is a simple one – to provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment for the local community, at an affordable cost.  

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Our Jamie just keeps going!

Jamie Bryant – Contract Manager for our leisure contract in Shropshire and previously Project Manager is clearly inspiration. Having broken his back following a climbing accident sixteen years ago Jamie has made an incredible recovery through just sheer guts and determination and a lot of support from his wife Nicky to achieve some remarkable results in a number of events this year

Challenges Jamie has completed this year include:-

Brecon Ultra marathon – May -  42 mile ultra mountain marathon over the Brecon Beacons, climbing the famous Peny Fan twice during the race. Jamie finished in 11 hours

Scottish coast to coast – September 2012 - 105 miles across Scotland in one day (through the Scottish Highlands from Inverness to Glencoe) by foot along mountain trails, mountain biking along quiet country (very hilly) lanes and single track trails and kayaking. Jamie finished in 13 hours, of the 850 starters Jamie was just outside top 200.

Jamie undertakes his training in all weathers and all hours of the day. If you see someone running at you with a headlamp at 5am in the morning, look out it could be Jamie.

Long Mynd Hike – October - 50 mile running race across the 9 biggest hills in Shropshire covering over 8,000 feet of climbing. This race is run through the night and you have to navigate throughout. Jamie completed this 14 hours and 51 minutes, despite going wrong twice, still finishing in the top 100

After all events Jamie was back at work the next working day, albeit not walking particularly on some occasions

Jamie is currently training for an attempt at cycling John O Groats to Lands End (Easter 2013) as fast as he can ( target of 7 days) and then the CCC (a 100km mountain marathon in the French alps in August 2013 (described as one of the toughest 1 day foot races in the world). Jamie has already qualified for this race by completing the above 2 races this year.

Training is now part of Jamie’s life, for example he is cycling to North Devon (230 miles) in October half term (with his family travelling down by car). Jamie also spends time with his wife and children running and cycling up and down mountains in the Snowdonia National Park and Shropshire hills at weekends.

Why does he do it? Jamie originally started training again after reading an article about his accident and putting on too much weight due to lifestyle he was leading (rubbish food, too much alcohol and not enough quality exercise). Details of Jamie’s accident are set out below:

In March 1996 whilst serving with 45 Commando Royal Marines, Jamie was involved in a serious climbing accident, this accident resulted in him suffering a broken back (crushed 1st Lumber), and 2 broken legs. Subsequent operations saw a metal rod inserted into his back to fuse his first lumber between his second lumber and 12th Thorasic spine. A further metal rod was inserted in his right knee down to his ankle and his left leg was in a pot for more weeks than he can remember. All metal work remains to this day.

 Despite intensive physiotherapy from the team at the military rehab centre at Headley Court and the Rehab Team at the Commando Training Centre Royal Marines, it was evident that he would never return to active duty so was medically discharged in January 1998.  Jamie was told by the head of physiotherapy for the Navy, 2 key things, he would always walk with a limp, and ne would never run again.

Jamie still suffers with traumatic arthritis in both my ankles and back, resulting in daily pain. The pain is only eased by exercise. 

Inspirational or what!


New Website

Whitchurch Swimming Centre has launched it's new website.  Not only have we had a visual overhaul, but we're also adding in some great new features including a new online bookings system and online membership sign-up.

If you have any feedback on the new site, please contact us.


  
 
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