Exciting plans for the multi-million refurbishment of Stretford Leisure Centre have been approved by Trafford Council.
The state-of-the-art proposals to totally transform the centre on Chester Road in the town were rubber stamped by members of the Council’s Executive on Monday, February 20.
The centre – branded move Stretford and operated by Trafford Leisure – will benefit from a refurbished 25m swimming pool; a 20m learner pool, an enlarged lobby area and café; two separate gender specific wet changing rooms, separate family wet changing room and accessible changing room; two Changing Places facilities and two separate sports hall changing rooms.
There will also be a sauna and steam room; an enlarged fitness suite; a ladies only gym; two flexible studio spaces; an immersive spin studio; a four court sports hall; a three lane Urban Cricket Centre; viewing gallery and padding up facility.
Trafford Council and Trafford Leisure will now be planning to launch a consultation with the local community regarding the new-look centre.
The new mix of facilities at Stretford Leisure Centre has been planned with support from partners to deliver long-term sustainable leisure provision that gives the best health and wellbeing outcomes for residents – a long term commitment to the local community from Trafford Council. The plans also fit in with two of the Council’s corporate priorities – reducing health inequalities and addressing our Climate crisis.
The investment supports the Council’s strategy and commitment to get more people moving more often, helping improve health and wellbeing, and is part of its Physical Activity Strategy, ‘Trafford Moving’. A large scale consultation period will now be held with residents regarding the planned refurbishment at Stretford.
Cllr Jo Harding, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Strategic Partnerships, said: “This is absolutely fantastic news. Trafford Council is totally committed to the health and wellbeing of residents across the borough and to providing the best facilities possible to achieve fitness and health. We can now look forward to an amazing state-of-the-art leisure centre for the people of Stretford and beyond.”
Jo Cherrett is CEO of Trafford Leisure, a community interest company, wholly owned by Trafford Council, which manages the facilities on behalf of Trafford Council and uses any profits and assets for community benefit. She said: “We are thrilled that Stretford will be the third site Trafford Leisure will open under the name of move.
“Leisure facilities are changing, they need to be spaces that excite and inspire, and we can't wait to see a modernised centre for our community to enjoy, future proofing it for generations to come.
"The wellbeing of our Trafford community is at the heart of everything we do, and our focus will be to provide inclusive and affordable health and wellness opportunities for the people of Stretford.”
Posted on Tuesday 21st February 2023