Ready for action! The Reef to open its doors to the public
Date published: 17th November 2021
An opening date has been agreed for North Norfolk’s innovative new leisure centre
The Reef Leisure Centre will open its doors on Tuesday 30 November, with award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active ready to welcome the public to use the pool, gym and studios for the first time.
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The facility, which has been built to be accessible to all, has something for everyone to enjoy.
The six-lane, 25m main pool is built to Sport England’s high standards and will support a range of aquatic activities from competitive swimming events to inflatable play sessions for children.
A moving floor on the 13m learner pool will allow the water depth to be changed for different activities and user groups such as swimming lessons, water confidence and toddler sessions and aqua fit exercise classes.
The pool will be accessible via shallow steps with an assisting handrail and a Poolpod for pool users who require a wheelchair. The Poolpod will be supported by a wheelchair storage zone near the Changing Places facility and a dedicated pool-side wheelchair for disabled users to transfer to, which is compatible with the Poolpod.
Alongside the use of conventional heating methods, water at The Reef will be heated through solar thermal energy, meaning energy from the sun will directly heat the water and reduce the reliance on gas.
There are Electric Vehicle Charge Points available for electric cars to charge.
See more about Sustainability at The Reef
For gym-users, the upper floor offers a variety of activities.
The Reef has a 60-station health and fitness suite, including a range of exercise machines and free weights.
The dance and activities studio, which covers an impressive 200sqm, offers opportunity for group exercise classes and studio sessions.
In the virtual cycling studio, users will be able to take part in sessions around the world, with a virtual instructor leading the classes. The 23 stations allow a variety of classes, varying in intensity, distance and location.
Stuart Jardine, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said:
“We are within touching distance of opening and are so excited to welcome the public to this outstanding facility.
“The Reef caters for all ages, abilities and interests and will be a centre for the local community to be truly proud of.”
Cllr. Virginia Gay, portfolio holder for Leisure, Culture and Wellbeing said:
“Not so very long ago, in the summer of 2019, North Norfolk District Council made the decision to carry on with the construction of a new leisure centre for our District.
We wanted to make something truly special, the likes of which North Norfolk has never had before, and now here we are, about to open, about to welcome our first visitors to The Reef.
It’s the day we’ve all been looking forward to – Tuesday, November 30th. We can’t wait to share it with you.”
The Reef is the largest leisure offering in North Norfolk and represents an investment of £11m from North Norfolk District Council, alongside a grant of £1m from Sports England and the Lottery Fund.
The flagship project will improve the health and wellbeing of residents in North Norfolk for years to come, providing services and support which may not be readily available in the District.
Find out more about The Reef