Be first to take the plunge at new Arc

Matlock’s new leisure centre is set to open next week – and you could be the first person to take the plunge at the Arc.

The Mercury has joined forces with Derbyshire Dales District Council to offer you the chance to go down in history as the first person to jump into the new main pool at the £12millon facility.

Before the doors open for the first time at midday on Wednesday, August 24 the winner of our exclusive reader competition will be given the honour of taking the first dip in Arc Leisure Matlock’s eight-lane competition pool, which has a moveable floor facility.

Arc Leisure Matlock is the biggest single development ever undertaken by the district council – and the major scheme on a reclaimed site between Matlock and Darley Dale is already an award winner after Arc was named the Most Sustainable Remediation Project at the Brownfield Briefing Remediation Innovation Awards last October.

Wednesday kicks off a preview week at the centre where no advance bookings will be taken but people will be able to use the facilities for the first time ahead of and during the August Bank Holiday.

In addition to the main pool on the ground floor there’s a learner pool, a wet play area and a large full height sports hall that will accommodate regional standard badminton courts, indoor hockey, basketball, volleyball, five a side football, cricket practice and netball. Wet and dry changing areas are also located on the ground floor.

On the first floor is the main reception area, plus a cafe, meeting room, spectator seating for the pool, a 50-station fitness suite, a community facility and a second sports hall, to be known as the ‘Studio’, that will accommodate gymnastics, martial arts, aerobics, dance classes and parties.

To enter the free prize draw send us a few lines to let us know why you think you should be the first person to take the plunge and answer this question:

Arc Leisure Matlock is the biggest single development undertaken by which local council?

Send your answer, name, address and telephone number on the back of a postcard to the Matlock Mercury, 4 Firs Parade, Matlock, DE4 3AS.

Deadline for entries is 10am on Tuesday, August 22. The first in the pool event will take place at around 10.30am on Wednesday, August 24 – entrants must be available at this time. Normal competition rules apply.

n See next week’s Mercury for a special feature on Arc Leisure Matlock.