Northern Gateway Sports Park has attracted thousands of visitors since April


THOUSANDS of visitors have flocked to the new Colchester Sports Park since it opened in April.

The Northern Gateway Sports Park offers both indoor and outdoor sports and leisure activities, including a lighted mile-long cycle path, bicycle rental, indoor cricket, and a five-court gym.

The sports park has enjoyed wide participation in several areas with members visiting the gymnasium over 5,000 times and using the multi-site memberships.

According to the figures, more than 1,000 users have participated in group fitness classes, a new schedule of which will be announced this month to improve the community offering.

Bike lanes and pumping trails have also proven popular, with over 5,000 users using the facilities.

Sports such as badminton attracted thousands of visitors, with 1,700 registered users for the five-court gym.

The sports park is also used by a number of local clubs, including the Stigma Trust and the Colchester Rugby Football Club, which have recently started training.

Colchester Deputy Head of Council Sue Lissimore said: “Our new Northern Gateway Sports Park is a truly wonderful facility for the Borough and something we can all be proud of.

“We are delighted, but not surprised, to have seen an increasing number of people use the sports park since it opened last April at reduced capacity due to guidelines from Covid.

“Essex Cricket will start using the facilities from October, along with local clubs so we can expect exciting developments and opportunities for the community to use the facilities in the future.”

The Northern Gateway Sports Park expects to draw even more visitors this fall when the world’s top cyclists take a tour of the closed-circuit road bike course before heading to Tendring.

The Women’s Tour will take place on October 8.

Councilor Sue Lissimore added: A 95.5 km race to the finish line.


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