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Abbey main pool to welcome back swimmers

News release from 8 September 2020

ABBEY Leisure Complex will welcome swimmers back to the main pool from tomorrow (Wednesday 9 September).

Hand sanitisers for customers to use when they arrive, new signage and floor markings to help people stay two metres apart and enhanced cleaning regimes are all in place.

Entry is through pre-booked sessions which need to be booked via the Better UK app or 

The teaching pool is set to reopen on 14 September to allow swimming lessons and some family swimming sessions to restart.

Improvement works have taken place in the last few weeks at the Abbey Leisure Complex which continue in some areas but GLL have been able to close off these locations to allow swimmers back into the main pool. 

The improvements include refitted foyer toilets, poolside grouting and tiling and some structural works to allow for an exciting new S106 funded project which will see a splash area and new slide installed around the teaching pool next year.

The gym is open and some group exercise classes are available with reduced capacity. Members can book seven days in advance and non-members can book five days in advance.

Opening times and timetables are here:

Cllr Lewis Herbert, Leader of the Council, said: “As a near daily swimmer at Jesus Green and Parkside pools since they reopened, I know how many people have been benefitting from the pools GLL are running so well for residents and the council.

“Swimming is such an important exercise for many of our residents and is accessible for all so I am really pleased that we are now able to open more of our centres to accommodate additional pool time.

“It has also been great to see that renovation works have been able to take place in the last few weeks to update some areas of the facilities with more planned in the coming months.”

Daryl Emes, Cambridgeshire Partnership Manager of GLL, said: “We are really pleased to be able to re-open the pools at Abbey Leisure Complex as part of our next phase.

“Alongside this we will be welcoming back our swimming lesson pupils from the 14 September at both Abbey and Parkside. Swimming is such a key life skill and we know how important it is for children to take part in regular lessons, not only for their physical development but for their water confidence too.

“We continue to reopen our centres under a phased strategy and we are working hard to have more and more activities available to Cambridge residents very soon.”

Details for other council leisure sites:

Abbey Leisure Complex & Parkside Pools are open for swimming sessions, gym sessions, exercises classes. For more information visit their web pages

Jesus Green outdoor pool has now closed for the season.

Cherry Hinton Village Centre, is preparing to welcome back some clubs and is looking to increase opening times when this is necessary.

King’s Hedges Learner Pool at Jedburgh Court, Buchan Street will remain closed at the moment with an update planned for October. 

Further information about all of the council’s facilities is available here: