Winchester Lido

Grants boost for Winchester Lido

The Winchester Lido Sports Association has been given a new lease of life, thanks to a £40,000 grant from Sport England.

The much-loved heritage facility – known as the Lido, although its pool was demolished many years ago – now has a fully refurbished sports hall, complete with a new floor. The hall is optimised for badminton, with two courts available, but it can also support a wide range of fitness and other activities for the benefit of local people.

The venue was officially re-opened by the Mayor of Winchester, on Saturday 14th September. The Mayor cut the ribbon just as the Lido threw open its doors for this year’s Heritage Open Day. The Chair of the Lido’s committee, Dr Chris Alveyn, said:

The Winchester Lido has been a much-valued community amenity for many decades, and today is an important day in its history. As well as being our Heritage Open Day, it also marks the conclusion of a major internal refurbishment of our sports hall that has taken place over the last few months. This project has been made possible by a generous grant from Sport England, and we are very grateful for their support.

The Lido has also been supported by Winchester City Council through its small grant scheme, which contributed £500 towards the cost of new benches for the sports hall.

The Lido community facility, just off Worthy Lane, offers a wide range of affordable activities, including badminton and martial arts. It is also home to Winchester’s sporting memories group, Nia gentle movement classes and the Hartley House Montessori, and it is used regularly by Winchester Fit Club.

For more information about the Lido call 01962 854802 or visit facebook.com/winchesterlido


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