Sebastian Coe
Sebastian Coe

Olympics figurehead Sebastian Coe will officially open Matlock’s new leisure centre the Mercury can exclusively reveal

After months of secret planning leisure bosses can today reveal that the former Olympic gold medal winner will cut the ribbon at the landmark Arc Leisure Matlock on Friday, October 21.

Lord Coe – one of the finest middle distance runners the world has ever seen – is the chairman of the organising committee of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

He won four Olympic medals, including the 1500 metres gold medal at the Olympic Games in 1980 and 1984 and headed the successful London bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The official Arc opening ceremony will take place at 11am.

Public access to the centre will be restricted on the day.

Chief executive of the Derbyshire Dales District Council, David Wheatcroft said: “To say this is a coup for Derbyshire Dales is an understatement.

“This is an incredibly busy time for Lord Coe as the preparations for next year’s Olympics gather pace and we’re really looking forward to his visit.

“Because confirmation has been received only in the past few days we’re working hard to contact as many people as possible involved in the building of Arc Leisure Matlock.”

Arc opened at the end of August and recorded an amazing 11,000 visits in the first two weeks of operation.

As a middle distance runner, Sebastian Coe set eight outdoor and three indoor world records in middle distance track events (and also participated in a world record relay).

Following his retirement from athletics he served as a Member of Parliament from 1992 to 1997, and became a life peer in 2000.

He became the Chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games and in 2007 was also elected a vice-president of the International Association of Athletics Federations.