There’s no better time to Move More, as Sheffield’s brand new £7million leisure centre, in the north of the city, is officially opened with a day of free activities for all the family on Saturday 16 July.

Thorncliffe Health and Leisure Centre in High Green, Sheffield which opened its doors to the public last month, will be officially opened on Saturday 16 July by the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Cllr Denise Fox. To celebrate the official opening the centre are putting on a whole programme of events, activities and taster sessions that are free for everyone.

Activities on the day include lane, family splash and general swimming, aqua aerobics, junior aquatics, a family box-fit class and personal training tasters, plus there will be face painting, live musical entertainment and plenty of fun for all.

The new treadmills at the leisure centre
The new treadmills at the leisure centre

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council said: “Sheffield is already a very active city and one with a rich sporting history. These fantastic facilities at Thorncliffe will build on that and help us to reach our goal of being the most active city in the UK by 2020.

“The centre provides quality facilities that will help people in the north of the city, of all ages and abilities and with many different interests and goals, to live more active and healthy lifestyles. Whether it’s swimming, fitness classes, the gym or even just an excuse to meet up with friends, there is something here for everyone.

“I would encourage those who haven’t yet visited to come along on Saturday where they can not only see what’s on offer but try it for themselves, and as July is Move More month there’s certainly plenty of opportunities here to do just that.”

The state of the art development was funded by Sheffield City Council, Sport England, NCSEM and Ecclesfield Parish Council and is operated by Places for People.

The centre, which opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 1 June incorporates a 6 lane x 25m swimming pool plus dedicated learner pool, a major fitness suite and two workout studios plus specialist health and research facilities as part of the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM).

Centre manager Alex Greaves from Places for People said: “Following the opening of Thorncliffe Health and Leisure centre in June we have been delighted with the popularity of the centre and customer feedback we have received.

The centre had more than 18,000 visits in the first month of opening and our swimming lesson and fitness memberships continue to exceed expectations. We hope to see lots more people coming through our doors on Saturday.”

Various membership packages are available plus swimming lessons and personal training.

On Saturday (16 Jul) all activities are free. Booking is not required for most events but to avoid disappointment it is recommended that those interested in indoor cycling, family box-fit and personal training tasters call to reserve a space.

Special membership offers will be available to those who attend this Saturday’s Move More official opening event.

People can contact the centre on 0114 284 3910.


More information is also available on the Places for People website at








  • For more information please contact Laurie , Media Relations Officer, on
    0114 205 3546. Email
  • For out of hours media enquiries please ring 07711 153995.
  • For the most up to date news and photos visit our brand new online media hub