The FlowRider surfing machine, the only one North of Bedford, generates a sustained wave effect, giving people the opportunity to have a go at surfing and body boarding in a safe environment under the supervision of Gateshead Council’s FlowRider trained team. Gateshead Council’s cabinet member for culture Councillor Linda Green said:
"Who would have thought that you’d be able to surf in Heworth? It’s an incredible opportunity for our residents and the wider public to take up a new sport and develop new skills achieving a central aim of our active and healthy programme by making it easy for people to make improved lifestyle choices about fitness for themselves and their families."
The multi million pound purpose built centre located on High Lanes, adjacent to Heworth Grange School, has a four lane 25 metre pool; an additional small pool and a fun pool containing water features for younger children; a gym boasting brand new equipment offering a full workout with access to 40 plus work stations; a multi-purpose studio area for aerobic, dance and other classes and changing rooms for the pool and for out door activities. Councillor Green said:
"We set out with the aim of making it easy for people at grass roots up to elite sporting level to access the very best in leisure facilities and the Heworth Leisure Centre is the latest in a long line of new build and upgrade projects to maintain Gateshead’s position as a world class sport and leisure destination."
Heworth’s leisure centre is the second of two purpose-built leisure centres to open as part of £36 million being invested by Gateshead Council in facilities across the borough, including some additional support for Gateshead International Stadium from other partners, including Gateshead College. The first was the Blaydon Leisure and Primary Care Centre which launched in September and is the North East’s only combined leisure and healthcare centre with a swimming pool.
The investment also funded the £8m redevelopment of Gateshead Leisure Centre, which opened earlier this year, and the redevelopment of Birtley and Dunston pools.
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