Nottingham’s Harvey Hadden sports complex – benefitting from a £16 million transformation – will ‘regenerate the local area’ according to planners.
Councillor David Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council, said that the investment will make the facility a world-class sporting venue which in turn will bring unique benefits to the area.
“It will benefit the people of Nottingham for miles around. In Nottingham we have a lot of ill health, like obesity and heart problems, that we need to tackle. We know that when we build good facilities the numbers of people using them triple, so hopefully that will help improve these health issues” – David Trimble
The development will see the centre recieve state-of-the-art facilities, including a fifty metre competiton swimming pool and a gym.
Following Nottingham City Council’s successful bid to Sport England, a further £1.94million will be invested to create an expanded eight-lane running track, a 1.5 kilometre closed cycling circuit, three new squash courts and upgrades to the football pitches.
Councillor Trimble also wants the centre to become a legacy to the 2012 London Olympics, in the hope that it will, along with other facilities in the city, inspire more youngsters to get involved with sport.
Volunteer sports coach, Liam Wheeler, welcomes the centres development. He said: ” The funding will improve so many facilities at Harvey Hadden so I’m sure there will be something for everyone, which will hopefully be easily accessible for everyone too.
“When you’re working with kids day in, day out, you see the positive influence that sport has on them. It teaches life skills to them as well as keeping them fit and healthy. I’m hoping that the centre will play a large part in our football training, especially with the football pitches being improved”.
Harvey Hadden Sports Complex is on track to being finished by Spring 2015.