Olympic legend Colin Jackson cuts the ribbon at Castle Farm Leisure Centre in Kenilworth

OLYMPIC legend Colin Jackson hurdled in to cut the ribbon at Castle Farm Leisure Centre in Kenilworth.

Hundreds of people came along to a free open day on Saturday February 24 to celebrate the official opening of the leisure centre.

At the fun-filled event, members of the public were invited to take part in a range of free taster activities, including group exercise classes, football skills, basketball and pickleball – a racquet sport with elements of tennis, table tennis and badminton.

Attendees also had the opportunity to meet Olympic 110m hurdles silver medallist Colin Jackson and freestyle footballer and Guinness World Record holder Jamie Knight.

Both special guests took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony, together with His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Warwickshire Tim Cox and representatives from Warwick District Council and Everyone Active to mark the grand opening.

Alex Fuoco-Lang, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “We were delighted with the turnout at our open day – it was a huge success and it was great to see the local community enjoying all the fantastic facilities here.

“While Castle Farm has been open since December last year, this open day was an opportunity to celebrate the hard work that has gone into building the centre.

“It was very rewarding to see the centre thriving as a real community hub that is helping people in the area stay active and try out new activities.”

WDC chairman Coun Sidney Syson added: “The council is making a huge investment in the leisure provision for Kenilworth and the wider district, demonstrating our commitment to keeping our local communities healthy and active. It’s therefore been great to see local people enjoying this wonderful building with fantastic new facilities and equipment which is now available to them and the inclusive fitness environment that has been created for all ages and abilities.”

Castle Farm Leisure Centre opened to the public in December 2023 following a £16million build completed over 20 months, a project which also saw the creation of a new headquarters for the Kenilworth Scouts and Guides in the adjacent building. The centre is operated by Everyone Active in partnership with WDC.