Friday, 14 March 2014

Squash partnership serves up £83,000 revamp at four Leeds leisure centres




Caption: Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure and skills, tries out the squash courts at Kirkstall leisure centre.


Squash courts at four Leeds leisure centres are getting a major facelift worth more than £83,000.

The refurbishment project will see work carried out to revamp the facilities at Kirkstall, Scott Hall, Aireborough and Fearnville leisure centres.

The scheme is being funded through a partnership between Leeds City Council and England Squash and Racketball, who have provided a grant of £55,000 of Sport England cash towards the work.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council’s executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“It’s great news that the squash courts at Kirkstall along with Scott Hall, Aireborough and Fearnville will be getting such an impressive revamp.

“This refurbishment project will give a real boost to the thousands of keen squash and racketball players we have in Leeds. But we also hope giving our courts a fresh look will encourage even more people to take up the sport.

“Squash and racketball are great ways to get involved in sport and the facilities we have at our leisure centres give people the chance to play on a casual basis or compete more seriously in a league if they want to.

“The most important thing is that by investing in our squash courts, we’re making sure that people have the opportunity to have fun while enjoying a healthy, active lifestyle.”

Work at the four leisure centres will include installing new glass doors, frames and walls as well repainting and resurfacing.

Bosses at England Squash and Racketball say they hope the project will bolster the already impressive squash participation in the region.

Susan Meadows chief executive officer at England Squash and Racketball said:

“England Squash and Racketball (ESR) have identified Leeds as a priority area and have been delighted to invest in the refurbishment of 14 squash courts across the city using Sport England funding.

“This has been done as part of a wider capital investment strategy which focuses on increasing participation in both squash and racketball.

She added: “In addition to upgrading of facilities ESR will also be working with the council and local communities to create more opportunities to play.

“There are currently around one million people who play squash and racketball in England and participation levels in Yorkshire have been among the strongest in the country in recent years so it is hoped this project will help build this further.”

Squash courts are currently available at Aireborough, Fearnville, Garforth, Kirkstall, Middleton and Scott Hall leisure centres.

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For more details, contact:
Stuart Robinson
Communications Officer
Leeds City Council
Tel: 0113 224 3937
Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk
www.leeds.gov.uk