Free activities and classes to celebrate first anniversary of Leys Pools & Leisure Centre

Published: Wednesday, 13th January 2016

Leys Pools & Leisure Centre will celebrate its first anniversary this weekend with two days packed full of free activities and classes.

The open weekend (16 and 17 January 2016) will include free fitness classes, a charity fitness marathon, free sessions in the pool, free crèche and soft play sessions, and much more.

The list of events includes:

Fitness classes

Saturday 16 January:

  • 9am - Body pump
  • 9.30am - Vibe cycle
  • 10am - Body balance
  • 10.15am - Vibe power
  • 11.15am - Mash it up fitness

Sunday 17 January:

  • 10am - Indoor cycle
  • 11am - Body conditioning

Charity fitness class marathon

Sunday 17 January:

  • 10am - Body combat
  • 11am - Totally shredded masterclass
  • 12pm - Fight Klub

Try as many as you can handle for £10. The marathon will raise money for children with diabetes at the John Radcliffe Hospital.


Saturday 16 January:

  • 1pm - 3pm - Free pool inflatable session (swim test required)
  • 4pm - 6pm - Free family swim session

Soft play

Free all weekend. Available to under-fives only.


Sunday 17 January

  • 10am - 1pm - Free for those attending sessions (one hour maximum)


Free gym challenges all weekend with prizes to be won.


Free courts all weekend.

Booking is essential for all the classes and the badminton courts. People book online or call 01865 405660.

For more information about the open weekend, please call the centre on 01865 405660.

The pool complex – featuring a 25m completion pool with movable floor, teaching pool and a fun pool for the kids – has been a huge hit with swimmers and families alike since it opened one year ago.

The £9m pool complex and centre upgrades were officially opened on 24 January 2015 with a free open weekend, which attracted more than 12,000 visitors.

From January to November 2015 the new centre attracted 412,967 visitors. This compares to a combined 248,599 visitors who used the former Blackbird Leys Leisure Centre, Blackbird Leys Pool and Temple Cowley Pools in the same period during 2014.

The centre now has more than 1,000 members, with the numbers growing each month, and more than 1,200 children are now having swimming lessons once a week.

Leys Pools & Leisure Centre is owned by Oxford City Council and managed by Fusion Lifestyle.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Oxford City Council Executive Board Member for Leisure, Sport and Events, said: “We are delighted that the Leys Pools & Leisure Centre has been so popular in its first year, and I hope these free activities and classes encourage even more people to give the centre a try.

“Encouraging people to participate in sport and exercise is a key focus of Oxford City Council. In the last month alone we opened the £900,000 new Oxford Spires Sport and Fitness in Cowley, and £316,000 worth of outdoor fitness equipment across the city’s parks. Later this month we will open the new £4m Rose Hill Community Centre, which will include a gym and health centre.”

Wayne Hawkins, Divisional Business Manager for Fusion Lifestyle, said: “We are thrilled that the centre has proved so popular with visitors from all over the city.

“The pool has been really well received, the refurbished gym and new equipment have been very popular and our fitness class programme continues to grow.

“The anniversary open weekend should be great fun and give everyone who hasn’t been to the centre a chance to see this great leisure facility.”