Double Olympic medallist Louis Smith to open �1.25million Chatteris leisure centre - and Jonnie may come too

DOUBLE Olympic medallist Louis Smith - soon to be appearing on Strictly Come Dancing – will be the star attraction at the opening of the �1.25million Chatteris Leisure centre and all-weather pitch on October 28.

There are also hopes that Paralympics gold medallist Jonnie Peacock may be able to attend, too.

Smith won a bronze in the men’s team gymnastics event and silver in the pommel horse at the Olympics. Peacock won gold in the 100 metres in the Paralympics

And Peterborough United will be running some coaching sessions on the new pitch.

It is all part of a family fun day (12 noon – 4pm) that is being organised to celebrate the opening of Chatteris Leisure, a new facility that comprises a 50-station, state of the art gym and dance studio for fitness classes and the all-weather pitch.


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The event will start at 12 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.

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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.

FDC is also planning to use the event to relaunch the Fenland Stars of the Future scheme, which allows talented young sports people free access to leisure facilities in Fenland for their training, in return for their time to inspire other young people to take up sport.

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

Both 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.

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