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Newly refurbished Holme Pierrepont Country Park opens today

Published: 23 May 2014

Holme Pierrepont Country Park, home of the National Water Sports Centre (NWSC) in Nottinghamshire, one of the UK's premier sporting venues and outdoor leisure attractions, officially opens its doors today following 12 months of hard work, part of an overall £6.7m investment and a change of name.

Serco was awarded the 21-year contract to manage, operate and improve the 270-acre site in April 2013 by Nottinghamshire County Council on behalf of the Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust. The new developments have been jointly funded by Nottinghamshire County Council and the Leisure Trust (with an £826k investment into the site from Sport England and National Lottery Funding with Serco acting as the managing agent).

The Country Park has undergone significant improvements designed to enhance the facilities on offer including the construction of a new Family Fun Park which consists of the exciting new sky trail, high rope course, mini golf course, cycle and segway hire and a Country Park café. This investment will ensure that the site is a superb community facility for local residents as well as a top class training and sporting venue for talented local and international athletes.

The introduction of the Family Fun Park includes a range of new activities:

  • Refurbished reception area, meeting room and conferencing facilities

  • Refurbished accommodation and new catering options

  • A brand new gym providing a range of the latest cardiovascular and resistance training equipment, as well as a specific strength and conditioning area

  • Refurbished changing facilities in both the Lakeside main building and at the White Water Course

  • ECombat Outdoor Laser Tag (opened in 2013)

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Brian Taylor, Chairman of Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust, said: "We are thrilled that the improvements we have made so far in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council are having such a positive impact and that changing the name of the centre has been so well-received. We hope that the introduction of the new Family Fun Park will continue to attract new members of the local community as well as visitors from further afield for a great family day out."

Councillor John Knight, Culture Committee Chairman at Nottinghamshire County Council, added: "Today is the day that everyone has been working hard to reach as the new look Holme Pierrepont Country Park opens and prepares for a very busy summer season."

Etienne Stott, London 2012 Gold Medal Slalom Canoeist, commented: "I'm really glad that there has been investment in the National Water Sports Centre. I think it's a great facility, with all sorts of activities now on offer in one place. The introduction of the new activities will improve the whole experience and enable people to have more fun."

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