Fenland hopes to build on Olympic legacy as medal winner gets set to open leisure centre

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FENLAND Council is hoping to build on the Olympics legacy by relaunching its Sports Stars of the Future Scheme.

The Fenland Stars scheme is set for re-launch next month as part of the grand opening of the new Chatteris Leisure Centre.

Double Olympic medallist Louis Smith together with Peterborough United footballers will be at the ceremony on October 28 when it is hoped Doddington’s gold medal-winning Paralympian Jonnie Peaccok will also attend (but that has yet to be confirmed).

Fenland Stars of the Future Scheme allows talented young people to make free use of leisure facilities across the district for their training.

In return the sportsmen and women give their time to help inspire other young people to take up sport.

A spokesman for Fenland Council said the authority was hoping the Olympic legacy will breath new life into the scheme and inspire more of the area’s young people to get involved in sport and compete.

Louis Smith won a bronze in the men’s team gymnastics event and a silver in the pommel horse at the Olympics while Jonnie Peacock beat his hero Oscar Pistorius to win gold in the 100 metres at the Paralympics.

Both men have been hailed as local heroes and it is hoped their successes will also help inspire Fenland’s young people to take up sport.

It is hoped the new leisure facilities at Chatteris will also encourage more people to get involved.

Chatteris Leisure Centre has cost £1.25 million and the all-weather pitch £1.2 million.

There will be a family fun day running from noon to 4pm to celebrate the opening of the leisure centre, which includes a 50-station, state of the art gym and dance studio for fitness classes and the all weather pitch.

Peterborough United players will run some coaching sessions on the new pitch during the afternoon.

The event will start at noon, with the opening of the all-weather pitch by councillors and one of Peterborough United’s first-team squad. At 2pm Louis Smith will assist councillors with the official opening of Chatteris Leisure.

Throughout the event there will be various family-friendly activities, including a climbing wall, junior fairground rides and arts and crafts workshops, plus a hog roast.

Both the centre and pitch are partnership projects between Fenland District Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Chatteris Town Council and Cromwell Community College, with added support from the Football Foundation for the all-weather pitch.