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Spalding's Castle Sports Centre £20m revamp could include adventure zone, outdoor play area and cycling links

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Outdoor play facilities could be included in a £20 million revamp of Spalding's Castle Sports Centre to help boost the health of our children.

Council bosses are applying for cash from the Government for a major revamp of the facility - and have revealed more details of its hopes for the project.

The authority pointed to a recent survey by Sport England which shows that 48 per cent of children in South Holland are not 'reaching recommended levels of activity' - and flagged that the district has a significantly higher-than-average number of people who are overweight or obese.

Spalding Castle Sports Centre 'dry side' taken from above. Picture: Adam Fairbrother (55518604)
Spalding Castle Sports Centre 'dry side' taken from above. Picture: Adam Fairbrother (55518604)

The council believes family facilities such as an adventure zone - with a climbing wall and outside play area - could help address this. The plan will also incorporate cycle and running routes - with a bid to also improve cycle links into the town centre.

Coun Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said this - alongside new pools and a 3G sports pitch - can encourage active lifestyles.

He said: "By incorporating new family activity facilities into our proposed plans for the site such as adventure equipment, a climbing wall and cycling and running routes will mean everyone in the district can benefit from these facilities - not just those living in Spalding.

"We as a council are working with partners such as Active Lincolnshire to look at different ways we can increase levels of activity in younger people and these proposed plans will create a vibrant and bespoke place where families with younger children can go and actively participate in a number of activities which are fun and engaging but also keep younger people fit and active."

Lorna Leach, director of transformation at Active Lincolnshire, said the Castle plans fits in with the body's Let's Move Lincolnshire 10-year strategy to try to boost physical activity.

Lorna said: "We know from research that 26 per cent of children aged 4-5 in the district are classified as overweight or obese - that's higher than the national average.

"The proposed plans for South Holland's Levelling Up bid will mean families from across the District will benefit from a number of different activities that are designed to be fun and physically challenging, creating positive experiences that will underpin a lifelong habit of being physically active."

The district council wants people to send their views on the Castle plans to consultations@sholland.gov.uk

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