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Leisure centre plans could ruin elderly club

 Published on: 1st November 2018   |   By: Jake Levison   |   Category: Uncategorized

A tennis group for the over 50s say their club is under threat after the leisure centre they use was taken over by a new contractor earlier this year.

Three Rivers District Council (TRDC), along with Everyone Active, opened a consultation on October 8 regarding their planned refurbishment of the William Penn Leisure Centre in Rickmansworth, which would see the sports hall that the tennis group, Active Life, use split up into different attractions.

The changes include splitting the hall into a soft play area, seating area, crèche, click and climb space and a sports hall store.

The Active Life group, exclusively for over 50s, has been meeting twice a week for about 20 years, and has already started a petition to keep the council and Everyone Active from changing the hall. 

Active Life member Lyn Birch, 82, said: “There’s not many places that have tennis to play. You can get outside places, but not inside and we’re a big club here, so we just come in here, play a game and have a social after.”

Fellow member, John Lyon-Maris, 88, said: “It’s very active and it’s a lot of fun socially, and in practice it’s very good exercise as well.”

Critics of the plans point to the fact that there are plenty of play areas and climbing walls around Rickmansworth, so there is no need for another in the leisure centre.

We reached out to the council for comment, but received no response at this time.To see the council’s proposal, go to

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