Lillie Road Fitness Centre celebrated completion of the centre refurbishment with a visit from the Mayor of Hammersmith, Councillor Daryl Brown, on Tuesday 10th March.
Following the new 10-year leisure partnership agreed between GLL and Hammersmith and Fulham Council, a £1.5 million is being invested into facility upgrades across Hammersmith Fitness and Squash Centre, Lillie Road FC, and Phoenix Fitness Centre and Janet Adegoke Swimming Pool. Lillie Road FC was the first to undergo this redevelopment with a new reception and entry system, gym refurbishment, and creation of a new group cycle studio.
The Mayor was joined by her council colleagues, Councillor Wesley Harcourt (Cabinet Member for Environment), Steve Hollingworth (Assistant Director Leisure, Sport, & Culture), and Charles Adeyemi (Sports Development Officer), for a tour around the facility and presentation on how the first year of the contract has gone. This presentation covered the key business and community updates and was led by Jonathan Simons (Partnership Manager) and Tom Edwards (Community Sports Manager) with support from Simon Sen (Regional Director), Craig Parker (Regional Community, Sport, & Health Manager), Paul Lister (Head of Service), and Alex Raphael (General Manager).
Two GLL Sport Foundation athletes were also in attendance: Megan Chesters (World Champion Powerlifter) and Ed Horler (Great Britain and England Hockey International). Megan, who also volunteers at the centre to deliver youth weightlifting sessions, provided a masterclass demonstration with some young athletes. Ed, who uses the centre weekly for his prehabilitation sessions, provided an overview of his sporting successes and how the GSF programme has supported him for the past three years.
“It’s great to see these fantastic improvements which along with our new Pay and Play membership mean anyone in the borough has access to living a more active life. With these improvements we’re building on the hard work we’re already doing to ensure the health and well-being of our residents and to tackle the rising obesity epidemic”, Cllr Wesley Harcourt.
The projects at Hammersmith F&SC and Phoenix FC&JASP are looking to commence shortly and it is hoped that customer comments will just as positive.