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- 30 September 2013 00:00
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A landmark £18 million community sport leisure centre has opened in Sandwell in the West Midlands thanks to a big financial contribution from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities fund.
The giant facility gives able-bodied and disabled members of the local community health and leisure services under one roof.
As well as a four-court sports hall, hydro-therapy pool, dance studio, climbing wall and full-sized all-weather pitch among its facilities, the state-of-the-art centre also house a GP surgery.
"This is a fantastic centre that is a real bonus for the community,” said Councilor Steve Eling, Sandwell Council's deputy leader.
"The combination of health and leisure services with special facilities for people with disabilities must rank among the best in the country."
With £1.5 million of National Lottery funding for the facility coming from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities fund, the organisation expressed their delight to see the venue open to the public.
"It's great to see the Portway Lifestyle Centre open and giving thousands of local people of all abilities to the chance to get involved in sport,” said Sport England’s Director of Property Charles Johnston.
"By investing in top class, local facilities that provide a good sporting experience, we’re helping more people develop a sporting habit for life.”
So far Sport England’s Iconic Facilities fund has supported 26 major facilities developments across the country, turning a small number of key local community sport facilities into some of the best in the country in order to help more people play sport.