Top athletes to help flagship Ashfield centre celebrate its tenth birthday

Thursday 25 October 2018 Top athletes to help flagship Ashfield centre celebrate its tenth birthday


A host of top-class athletes will be flocking to Sutton-in-Ashfield next month as the town’s flagship leisure centre celebrates its 10-year anniversary.

Everyone Active and Ashfield District Council are hosting a birthday party to remember at Lammas Leisure Centre on Saturday 3 November, and the community is being invited to join some of the country’s top sporting talent for a day of free activities.

Olympic medalist Colin Jackson, CBE will welcome visitors to the event. Local Paralympic champion Ollie Hynd, MBE, who is one of the few athletes in Para-Swimming to hold a Paralympic, World, European and Commonwealth title at the same time, will also join the duo alongside former British national figure skating champion, David Richardson.

The athletes will lead visitors through an action-packed day of family-friendly fun from 10am – 8.30pm, which includes swim sessions, group exercise classes and an ice skating party between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the athletes during an autograph signing at the start of the day, before David Richardson kicks off a figure skating showcase on the ice. Local skate stars Rebecca Gillespie, Meg McFarlane and Paige Elliott will also deliver performances.

Ollie Hynd will be getting in the water at 1pm when the family fun session begins, setting challenges for local children to try and beat.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to train alongside an Olympic athlete will also be offered when Colin Jackson leads a Fight Klub session from 12pm – 1pm. The sessions are pre-bookable, please visit to reserve your space.

English National Ice Hockey League side, Sutton Sting, will also deliver a showcase in the afternoon as they prepare for their home game against Solihull Baron.

Colin Jackson, the former British sprint and hurdling star, said: “After speaking to the Everyone Active team about Lammas Leisure Centre, this was an event and celebration that I really wanted to be part of.

“The centre has had a really big impact on the local community over the last 10 years and it’s important we recognise that. I’m looking forward to teaming up with Rebecca, Ollie and David for what I’m sure will be a showcase of everything good about Lammas Leisure Centre.”

Ashfield District Council leader, Jason Zadrozny, will be returning to Lammas to celebrate the mile-stone anniversary having cut the ribbon to open the centre 10 years ago. He said: “It was a proud moment to officially open Lammas Leisure Centre ten years ago and I will be just as proud to be there to celebrate a decade of fantastic leisure provision in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Having such a first-class facility such as Lammas in Ashfield can only be beneficial to all residents in maintaining a healthy and happy lifestyle.”

Richard Chatwin, contract manager for Everyone Active, said: “Since it opened in 2008, Lammas Leisure Centre has been a hub of activity in the community and has provided opportunities for everyone, irrespective of age or ability to get active.

“We are proud to have supported the development of many athletes who have represented their country but, perhaps more importantly, we are delighted to have provided a venue for everyone in the community to enjoy. It’s brilliant to have such high-profile athletes joining us to celebrate, and I’d encourage everyone to come down and enjoy the day.”

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