Horizon Leisure Centre in Waterlooville was the home of this year’s Hampshire Civic Day
Horizon Leisure Centre, in Waterlooville was the home of this year’s Civic Day.
The event saw mayors from 10 different local authorities come to the venue in Waterberry Drive to see the benefits of the charity organisation’s hard work.
The mayor of Havant, Cllr Leah Turner, invited her peers to view the facilities of the gym and give the trustees of Horizon Leisure Centre an opportunity to show how all the money they have raised has been re-invested into the centre.
Chief executive of Horizon, Howard Broad, gave the councillors a brief introduction to the centre before inviting them to try out the latest state-of-the-art exercise equipment.
He also spoke to guests about the centre’s history, and how it has been able to achieve what it has so far, without any funding from the council.
Cllr Turner said: ‘Horizon World of Play is my favourite place in the centre.
‘We spoke to customers using the facilities as we went around the centre and they were all very complimentary of what the gym offers.’
The mayors in attendance said they were taken aback by the light and spacious feeling of the gym as soon as they stepped through the front door.
Many of them said they had never visited a gym like this before and were extremely impressed by what they had seen.
Lindsey McHugh, marketing and communications manager at Horizon said: ‘The mayors were really positive and excited about what they had been shown on the tours and praised the number of swimming galas we host.’
n In attendance: Mayor of Chichester Cllr Peter Budge; Cllr Tony Muldoon and Mrs Christine Muldoon, East Hampshire District Council; mayor and mayoress of Eastleigh Borough Council, Cllr Jane Welsh and Mr Len Welsh; mayor and mayoress of Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Mike Ford and Mrs Anne Ford; mayor and mayoress of Gosport Borough Council, Cllr Keith Farr and Mrs June Farr; Cllr Jonathan Glen and Mrs Sharon Glen; Hampshire County Council; chairman of Hart District Council, Cllr Alan Oliver; chairman of New Forest District Council, Cllr Alison Hoare: deputy lord mayor and deputy lady mayoress of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr David Fuller and Mrs Leza Tremorin; mayor of Test Valley Borough Council, Cllr Iris Anderson.