19 September 2013,

Lifestyle Centre Opens to the Public

Portway Lifestyle Centre, a £18m landmark leisure centre in Sandwell, will open its doors to the public on Monday September 23.

The centre will open from 7am to 10pm weekdays and 7am to 6pm at the weekend. The Newbury Lane centre will serve people with and without disabilities equally, offering health and leisure services under one roof.

The Portway Lifestyle Centre is the result of a partnership between Sandwell Council, Sandwell Leisure Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG and NHS England, Portway Family Practice, Sandwell LIFTCo and Sport England.

The centre will enable the people of Sandwell to have access to improved standards of healthcare and leisure facilities in a specially designed, fit for purpose building, including a four-court sports hall, a hydro-therapy pool for rehabilitation and other therapeutic purposes, a sensory room, a climbing wall, dance studio (hosting 50 fitness classes each week), 114 station fitness suite and a full-sized, all-weather pitch for senior, junior and 5-a-side football. In addition, a large multi-purpose activity hall and a life trail for gentle exercise has been created for those requiring gentle exercise and reablement. There will also be a café and ample parking on-site.

Customers will be able to pay as they go for activities or join the centre’s membership scheme.

The centre also houses a GP surgery, the Portway Family Practice, which will replace the Tividale Family Practice later in the year.

The entire project was aided by £1.5 million awarded from Sport England from its Olympic legacy programme, Iconic Facilities.

Councillor Steve Eling, Sandwell Council's deputy leader, said: "This is a fantastic centre that is a real bonus for the community. The combination of health and leisure services with special facilities for people with disabilities must rank among the best in the country."

Simon Murphy, Sandwell LIFTCo’s Chair, commented: ‘"We are proud to be associated with this brilliant building. Its state of the art facilities will make a real difference to the lives of all its able-bodied and disabled users."

Paul Slater, Chief Executive of Sandwell Leisure Trust, said: “SLT is delighted to be managing this fantastic facility for the people of Sandwell.

“Portway Lifestyle Centre will help to deliver a first class facility for health, well-being and physical activity in the borough.”

For more information on Portway Lifestyle Centre and for timetables and bookings, please visit Sandwell Leisure Trust’s website www.slt-leisure.co.uk or call 0300 012 0121.