Leisure centre is set to open to the public for 2016

An artist's impression of the proposed new Ashington Leisure Centre.
An artist's impression of the proposed new Ashington Leisure Centre.

A new multi-million pound, state-of-the-art leisure centre will officially open to the public on Monday.

The centre will be a regional centre of excellence for sport with facilities including indoor cricket nets, a six-lane, 25-metre swimming pool, and a six-court sports hall with extensive floor space and equipment for gymnasts.

Northumberland County Council is investing £20m in the first phase of sports improvements in the county and the centre will be managed by Active Northumberland.

The building’s design incorporates a number of artistic features, including feature windows inspired by the Pitmen Painters.

The centre will also be the new home for the Ashington library which will be situated on two floors in the new building.

The library will have an extensive range of books and digital resources, a dedicated IT hub with free wi-fi, and a bespoke children’s library.

Sport England selected Ashington as a regional centre of sporting excellence and has invested in the town’s new leisure centre project through a £1m investment.

Cyclists at the new Ashington Leisure Centre will have the world at their handlebars thanks to a state-of-the-art facility.

A virtual cycling studio is being installed which will give riders the chance to ride across the world’s most breath-taking and challenging roads from forests to snow-capped mountains and even volcanoes.

The Myride+ system uses spectacular forward-motion video, pioneering hardware and virtual programming which take participants anywhere in the world on a variety of rides.

Classes at the studio will include cycling with trained instructors, classes synched to music, and group sessions with on-screen virtual instructors giving directions and tips along the way. Sessions will also include cardio, fat burn and interval training.

The studio is next to the new gym which provides additional cycles, a functional training area, and over 70 stations fitted with the latest range of Technogym cardiovascular, strength and conditioning equipment.

Coun Val Tyler, cabinet member for arts, leisure and culture at Northumberland County Council, said: “Ashington Leisure Centre is going to be an amazing space for people who want to exercise and train in a wide variety of activities and have fun.

“The cycling studio offers a unique indoor training experience and the chance to virtually ride across some of the most amazing places on the planet.

“The new gym is also incredibly impressive set in a large, light and air-conditioned area and filled with the very latest equipment to help residents and visitors train and keep fit.”