Almost 5,000 flocked to Carshalton over the weekend to witness the opening of Sutton Council’s brand new £11m state-of-the-art leisure centre.
Dancing at Westcroft!
In total, 4,670 visitors came to the new Westcroft Leisure Centre on
Saturday 26th January and Sunday 27th January to get a first glimpse of the new centre, try its new equipment and meet stars from popular TV show Strictly Come Dancing and last summer’s Olympics.
During the day Olympic bronze medal winning gymnast, Kristian Thomas
demonstrated the skills that secured him his place in gymnastic history while silver medallist rower Mark Hunter met with the public to show his medal from the London Games.
Later in the day, Strictly judges Kristina Rihanoff and Ian Waite
quickstepped guests to a dance workshop before donning their judging caps
again to evaluate a Strictly Come Dancing style competition involving 16
children from Everyone Active School of Dance in Fareham.
Carshalton Central ward Cllr. Jill Whitehead, Chair of Sutton’s Environment and Neighbourhoods Committee, said: “The day was fantastic and I was so pleased to see so many people turn up to see what we have been developing. The stars really made the day complete and I’m sure that everyone who came really enjoy meeting them and taking part in the various activities.
“We now want to see those same faces, and many more, coming back week in,
week out to use the centre and take advantage of the wonderful equipment and facilities we have here in Sutton.”
Work to the centre has seen the development of a 160 station gym, two
different sized swimming pools, an eight badminton court sized multi-use
sports hall, a day spa, dance and spinning studios, crèche, café and
The centre was closed in October 2010 to enable refurbishment work to begin.