Lewisham Council has confirmed the reopening of its new Wavelengths leisure pool following a £800k refurbishment.

It officially opened on Sunday, January 9.

The pool has a new parent and child teaching pool and "state-of-the-art" lighting, showers and toilets.

There is also a rebuilt changing area with larger cubicles.

The Aquasplash inflatable sessions will start in the pool "soon" according to the Council, which it says will provide a "fun challenge" for older teenagers to take on the obstacle course.

There is also a new dedicated viewing area beside the pool for parents and guardians.

New motors have been installed meaning that the temperature in different parts of the pool areas can now be adjusted to different levels.

The parent and child pool is warmer than the main pool at 32°C to suit the little ones and the jacuzzi is 34°C.

There is also an additional fitness pool, a 50 station gym with three fitness studios and a huge range of fitness classes from Group Cycle to Zumba at Wavelengths Leisure centre.

There is a first-floor soft play for younger children.

Damien Egan, Mayor of Lewisham said: "I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on the refurbishment of Wavelengths and also the community groups who have helped us with this refurbishment.

"I hope that people enjoy the new pool and that many more residents, young and old, will learn to swim there.”

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Cllr André Bourne, cabinet member responsible for leisure centres said: “This refurbishment has been completed in recognition of how important the pool is to local residents, so it was great to see the excitement as people saw the new facilities for the first time - I really enjoyed taking my young children down there at the weekend.

"I know how much the pool has been missed in Deptford over the last few months whilst this refurbishment has been happening.

"I’m pleased with our investment in a wonderful community asset that local people can enjoy for years to come.”

Speaking on behalf of leisure partner Better, Jon Mann, general manager of Wavelengths Leisure Centre said: “As the UK’s foremost charitable leisure social enterprise, Better exist to get more people more active more often - and in doing so improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.

"We work very hard to reduce barriers to participation and improve the customer experience.

"All our staff are looking forward to a busy and fun-filled year at Wavelengths Leisure Centre with these newly refurbished facilities and we guarantee a warm welcome to all our visitors.”

Swimming sessions at the new leisure pool can be booked in advance using the Better app or on the Better website.

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