Arc push to hit landmark target

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A DALES leisure facility is set to make a splash this week as it celebrates its one year anniversary.

Arc Leisure Matlock opened its doors to the public on Wednesday 24 August 2011 amid a great deal of excitement.

One year on and the excitement, as well as the services offered by the facility, has grown exponentially.

Paul Blakemore, manager of Arc Leisure Matlock, said: “The first year has been outstanding, but it’s unbelievable that the time has gone by so quickly.

“The numbers through the door have been much better than expected too as we’ve had 344,000 total users so far.”

However, the ever-motivated Paul is hoping that Arc can push its success one step further and get 350,000 users before the facility celebrates on Friday 24 August.

Paul said: “It would be a fantastic achievement for everybody involved if we could hit that target.”

While Arc Leisure Matlock has gone from strength-to-strength since opening, Paul added that if it had not been for the constructive criticism of everyday users – the facility would not be basking in the same success it is now.

He said: “I wouldn’t want to take all the credit for myself as half of the ideas have been from our users.”

When Arc Leisure opened after a £12 million investment, Derbyshire Dales District Council hailed it as the ‘biggest single development ever undertaken’ by the authority.

The facility even had the huge honour of being opened by Sebastian Coe, the London 2012 organising committee chairman and ‘legacy ambassador’ for the games.

Chairman of Derbyshire Dales District Council’s communities committee, Cllr Carol Walker said: “Health is one of the main strategies for the district council and we are so proud of every opportunity that this facility offers the Dales and its many visitors.”

The facility currently offers 40 different classes, it teaches over 500 children in its swimming lessons and is home to the Derbyshire Elite Swim Club.

Other successes Arc Leisure Matlock can boast over the year is hosting the ASA Swimming Championships and being one of four leisure centre’s chosen nationally for the ASA’s Swim for It project.

Paul said: “In my opinion the facility is still in its infancy and will just get better and better.”