A computer generated image of how the entrance to the new sports centre may look.
A computer generated image of how the entrance to the new sports centre may look.
Published: Friday, 22nd July 2022

We're investing millions of pounds to create a brand-new family-friendly sports centre in Rainham.

At last night’s Full Council meeting (Thursday, 21 July) councillors approved an addition of £12.850million to the Splashes Redevelopment Scheme in the council’s Capital Programme to enable the development of a new sports centre.

The state-of-the-art centre will include two swimming pools – a children’s fun pool with flume, wave ball pool and beach area, as well as a training pool for lane swimming and lessons. There will also be a fitness gym and room for exercise classes and children’s parties.

A CGI image of a birds eye view of the new sports centre, a length pool goes along the bottom and a flume slide is at the top of the building an image, the flume is orange

The new facility will have a modern, family-friendly look and feel, including family and accessible changing rooms. The new centre supports Medway’s ambition to provide more child-friendly facilities and provide further opportunities for young people.

The new sports centre will provide a full experience for customers – visit the gym, join-in a class, take a dip in the pool and afterwards relax in the café overlooking the pool areas.

The designs also include electric charging parking spaces, as part of Medway’s Climate Change and carbon neutral aims and ambitions.

Committed to building an exciting new centre for residents to enjoy

Deputy Leader of Medway Council and Portfolio Holder for Community Services, Cllr Howard Doe, said: “I am delighted that Full Council agreed to add more than £12million to council’s capital programme to fund the new family-friendly sports centre in Rainham. Generations of families across Medway have fond memories of Splashes and we are committed to building an exciting new centre for residents of all ages to enjoy. The centre supports our aspiration for Medway to become a child-friendly city and will complement Medway’s existing superb sporting offer including Medway Park in Gillingham, a centre of sporting excellence, the 3G soccer centre at Strood Sports Centre, the UK’s only riverside salt-lido at The Strand and a wide-range of fitness classes at Hoo Sports Centre.”

Last month, Medway Council’s Planning Committee approved plans for the new centre on the former Splashes site and Medway Council will shortly be carrying out a tender process to secure a contractor to build the new sports centre.

Work on the new centre is expected to begin later this year.

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