Last weekend we headed over to West Bromwich to visit a new leisure centre from Places for People. It’s quite exciting to visit a new leisure centre as our local council run centre has been demolished to make way for a new one but progress is slow and so over the last couple of years I’ve been trying out the pools at various places but not yet found one I really like that is accessible and family friendly.
As the centre is new, it’s still got the fresh and modern feel to it. I was really impressed when I walked through into reception to see how open it was, very welcoming and inviting.
We met Alice, the Duty Manager who welcomed us to the centre with a tour around the facilities. I was really impressed with how clean it was and again, the centre feels very spacious and bright. We had a look at the small training pool which was beautifully warm at 30 degrees and had a very unique floor; it raises up and down to meet the need of the customer. There’s a small spectator area so family or friends can watch from the poolside and watch the fun unfold in the pool. There’s also a studio for hire which had a birthday party in full swing. The children were having fun in the Adventure Zone, which is a soft play area designed for small children up to the age of 8 years old.
We had a look upstairs at the various changing rooms, the sports hall and the gym. All of which looked really impressive. The changing rooms are really nice and operate a £1 refundable locker system. There’s also hairdryers available for customers to use. The gym wasn’t overly busy for a Sunday morning with plenty of the latest machines and equipment free for members to use. Staff are on hand to assist, support and motivate members which is essential when going to the gym.
We then popped through to the spectator area of the large swimming pool and it’s a very impressive space. There are seats for a large crowd to sit down on and watch the activities in the pool. For obvious reasons I didn’t take photographs of the pool which also had a sauna, steam room and shower areas.
We were invited into the pool for a family swim session so we changed into our swim gear in the communal family changing areas, which were very spacious, had a pull down baby changing table and a roomy bench to sit down on. We popped our belongings into the lockers and went to enjoy the pool.
The water was a lovely temperature and Little Mr was all smiles in the water which was a huge relief to both me and hubby. The pools are both manned by lifeguards which is reassuring and the large pool even has cameras strategically placed around the pool with monitors placed on the lifeguards chair. The training pool’s depth was 0.8m which although is rather shallow for adults, is perfect for little ones and those who aren’t very confident in the water. After forty minutes of fun in the pool, we got out and showered off.
We went and got a drink in the cafe and Little Mr had a sandwich. We found the prices in the cafe a little expensive so we probably wouldn’t eat in the cafe after swimming again. There is plenty of car parking on site which is pay and display and quite reasonable per visit.
The prices to use the leisure centre are competitive, there’s a timetable full of activities to join in with and I feel the centre is a real asset to the town of West Bromwich. We will definitely be back for a family swim and I’m looking into going to the Aqua Fit sessions on a weekday evening.
Disclaimer: We were invited into the leisure centre for a family swim in exchange for a review. All thoughts and images are my own and this forms an honest and reliable review.