£265,000 improvements at Mile End Park Leisure Centre and Stadium include virtual reality cycling

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Paul Whiteman, partnership manager GLL, Councillor Amina Ali and Mayor John Biggs opening the new soft play area at Mile End Leisure Centre

Residents of Tower Hamlets have had a first look at new and improved facilities that are now open at Mile End Park Leisure Centre and Stadium offering a new virtual reality element to keeping fit.

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets and Councillor Amina Ali, Cabinet Member for Culture, Arts and Brexit were on hand to unveil the new look and welcome local residents to a free family open day to mark the completion of a £250,000 upgrade.

Improvements include upgraded fitness equipment and refurbishment of fitness class studio spaces. The brand new group cycle studio is the only dedicated studio of its kind in Tower Hamlets, which will offer virtual classes.

The improvements are part of a £1.5 million investment in leisure facilities across the borough by Tower Hamlets Council.   

John Biggs, Mayor of Tower Hamlets said: “Improved facilities at Mile End and other leisure centres will enhance user experience and encourage more people to use our facilities, perhaps try out new activities and benefit from participating in more physical activity.”

Guests were able to tour the centre, as well as test out the new facilities, with free taster sessions taking place in both the group cycle studio and a new soft play area for children. The partnership between the council and GLL who run the councils leisure facilities also includes upgrades to equipment and facilities at John Orwell Sports Centre, Tiller Leisure Centre and Whitechapel Sports Centre.

Simon Sen, Regional Director at GLL said: “We are delighted to welcome visitors to the improved facilities at Mile End Park Leisure Centre & Stadium. These upgrades underline the commitment of both GLL and Tower Hamlets Council to provide affordable, accessible sport and leisure facilities for the whole community, to meet increased demand and to get more people more active more often.” 

Posted on Wednesday 1st May 2019