Longhill Sports Centre Gets Set to Celebrate!
Staff at the Longhill Sports Centre are gearing up for a week of celebrations to mark the tenth anniversary of the Centre, formerly known as The Deans.
Centre Manager, Allan Parker-Read, explained, “Our motto is In the Community, for the Community and we are proud to have been serving as a community hub for the past ten years to the people of Saltdean, Woodingdean, Ovingdean, Rottingdean and East Brighton.”
Longhill Sports Centre boasts a wealth of facilities, which include two sports halls, two dance studios, three football pitches, a rugby pitch, eight tennis courts and a theatre and conference suite. The Sports Centre lies in a beautiful sheltered valley, nestled between Ovingdean and Rottingdean, to the east of Brighton and Hove and all their facilities are available for public use.
“We have great facilities here,” said Mr Parker-Read, “There is a Beauty Room on-site, as well as massage and physiotherapy services. We have a fully-equipped fitness suite and we run various fitness classes during the evening; of course we also have a café if you need refreshments after your exercise or just to relax over a coffee with friends.”
He went on to say, “We are open from 7.00 in the morning, so many of our clients choose to visit us before they go to work in the morning and we stay open until 10.00 at night, with lots of free parking on-site. I’m pleased to say that we welcome clients from as far afield as Eastbourne, Worthing and London on a regular basis!”
Longhill Sports Centre is used regularly to run clubs including trampoline, gymnastics, football, cricket, basketball and archery. As part of their celebration week, the staff will be running a special dodgeball tournament as well as interschool rugby and football tournaments. “We invite children from the local primary schools to take part in these tournaments,” explained Mr Parker-Read, “and they are open to both girls and boys. “We are looking forward to hosting these tournaments that have been organised in partnership with Darren Hambrook, our Communities’ Sports Leader”
To continue along the Community theme, qualified coaching staff from the Sports Centre have been visiting primary schools in the area to offer sports coaching on a weekly basis. “This is a new initiative that we will be running during the autumn and spring terms for 2015/16”, said Mr Parker-Read, “And it is something that I and my staff feel very passionate about and hope will continue into the future.”
We wish everyone involved with the Longhill Sports Centre a very happy 10th Anniversary!
For information on children’s activities during the half-term holiday click below