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Royal visit to one of London’s largest new leisure facilities

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre was abuzz with excitement today when His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent officially opened the state-of-the-art facility.

His Royal Highness unveiled a specially-commissioned plaque to mark the occasion, after meeting some of the people involved in the centre’s creation, including Council Leader Chris Robbins, Chief Executive Martin Esom and Managing Director of GLL Mark Sesnan.

Olympic track athlete Bianca Williams and one of the Council’s bursary athletes Reece Prescod – both local sporting heroes – accompanied The Duke of Kent during a tour of the Feel Good Centre, explaining the value of having access to first class facilities as a developing athlete.

Cheers rang out for His Royal Highness and Union flags were waived by excited schoolchildren from the borough during the royal visit.

The occasion also saw dozens of young people descend on the centre’s ‘extreme zone’, which houses the capital’s first permanent ninja run obstacle course alongside 9.9m climbing walls, a mini-trampoline park and a multi-challenge sport and adventure zone for young people set across four levels.

Council Leader Chris Robbins said: “We are extremely grateful to His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent for taking the time to officially open Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre.

“We’re all immensely proud of the facility and its ambitious goals to help reverse childhood obesity, reduce depression and loneliness, and halt deaths from preventable disease – and now we can say it’s been given the royal seal of approval.”

Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre is a new take on the traditional leisure centre, and proof that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is not just about new homes and property prices. It’s designed to inspire visitors of all ages to get active, play sport, and ultimately feel good about themselves.

The landmark facility features a three-tiered play kingdom for children aged under five, both wet and dry health and wellbeing spa areas, a 25m, eight-lane competition pool, teaching pool, four-court sports hall, an activity room/studio, dance studios, a new 132-station gym and changing facilities. It also has 1m and 3m diving boards and an outdoor floodlit artificial sports pitch.

In addition, it has been built alongside a recently refurbished, competition-standard athletics track, at which a 150-seat grandstand was unveiled in June – enabling the track to host county athletics championships for the first time in decades.

The Council has invested £30million to upgrade all of the borough’s leisure centres, which are run by GLL.

You can find all of the activities on offer at the centre, along with opening times, online. Get all the latest news updates from the Council by following @wfcouncil on Twitter.

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