A four-month makeover is underway at Leisure Facilities across Croydon, marking the start of the latest package of investment into council-owned leisure and sports centres across the borough.

At Thornton Heath, the changing areas in both the health and fitness area and sports hall will be refurbished, with new showers, flooring, redecoration and brighter lighting.   The gym area will also get a makeover, with new equipment and a fresher, more attractive environment for working out.  Spin enthusiasts will be delighted to see a new dedicated studio installed, and the old bikes replaced with the latest Technogym cycles.


Marie Bartlett, Spin Instructor at Thornton Heath commented “The Technogym bikes will be state of the art and a major improvement to the bikes currently being used. Combining these bikes with a purpose built studio, the sauna and steam and refurbishment of the gym the THLC leisure centre members will be delighted with their local leisure centre facilities and what will be on offer.”


Improvements will also be taking place throughout the rest of the year at several other Centres.  At Waddon, South Norwood and Purley,  new gym equipment will be installed, along with redecoration and re-flooring work.  South Norwood will also benefit from new top-of-the-range bikes.


Monks Hill Sports Centre will also see improvements, with pitch replacement work on the five-and 11-a-side pitches, and also more powerful floodlighting.


Posters will inform centre users of any closures or service disruption, with members signposted to alternative borough facilities.


Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: “We know how highly our residents value our leisure centres, and we’re pleased to announce this latest investment which will significantly improve the facilities. Health and wellbeing are a big part of our ambition for Croydon to be a great place to live, and I hope that with these improvements even more residents will take advantage of these facilities.”


These are the latest improvements being delivered as part of the council’s 20 year contract with GLL, the not-for-profit social enterprise which operates the borough’s leisure centres under the ‘Better’ brand.