Local clubs, schoolchildren, and celebrity sports stars gathered to officially launch the new Jubilee Community Leisure Centre in Queen’s Park on Friday 10 November.
The exciting launch event featured a variety of fun and free activities, including an athletics session led by World Championship Bronze medal athlete Bianca Williams and track and field athlete Daniel Offiah, both of whom were supported by the council’s Westminster Champions of the Future programme. There was also a football session run by former Women’s Super League footballer and Queen's Park community councillor, Eartha Pond, as well as free health checks for residents throughout the day.
Located in the heart of Queen’s Park, the Jubilee Community Leisure Centre’s facilities include a three-court sports hall that can host activities including basketball, badminton, and table tennis, and a community studio - offering affordable access for local residents to organise events such as group exercise classes, community meetings, and children’s parties.
The facility also contains a private exercise consultation room where healthcare practitioners can refer patients to get a personalised exercise plan to assist with chronic health issues, and a Changing Places facility - to ensure that the centre fully caters to those with disabilities and their carers.
The new Jubilee Community Leisure Centre is the second leisure centre to be opened by Westminster City Council this year following the launch of Church Street’s Community Leisure Centre in February. The new centre is being run by long-standing council partner Everyone Active, who also manage the council’s eight other leisure centres.
Councillor Cara Sanquest, Cabinet Member for Resident Participation, Consultation Reform and Leisure, said:
“We’re pleased to open the new Jubilee Community Leisure Centre right in the heart of Queens Park, in the Mozart Estate.
“This new community facility has a 3-court sports hall for 5-a-side football, volleyball, futsal, basketball, and badminton, a flexible room for community events and classes, and purpose built facilities for users with complex disabilities and their carers.
“The centre will have up to 20 hours of activities by local community groups programmed by Queen's Park Community Council, and a community management board.
'When the previous Jubilee Sports Centre was moved to Chamberlayne Road, the local community fought hard for a replacement leisure facility on Lancefield Street. We are delighted that this new Jubilee Community Leisure centre is now open to serve the people of Queen's Park.
“As a council, we’re committed to promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents, and we look forward to this new community leisure centre supporting people to keep fit and active.”
Chris Yearley, Everyone Active General Manager, said:
“We are thrilled to partner with Westminster City Council in opening the Jubilee Community Leisure Centre. Our mission is to provide accessible and inclusive leisure facilities for communities, and this centre exemplifies that commitment. We look forward to supporting local residents in their journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle.”
Published: 13 November 2023