It’s ‘on your marks, get set, go!’ as Harvey Hadden Sports Village opens on Tuesday 1 September after a spectacular £16m transformation.

The stunning redevelopment has seen existing facilities upgraded and joined by new attractions including a 50m swimming pool, squash courts and cycling circuit.

The overhaul is the largest investment and final stage of Nottingham City Council’s Leisure Centre Transformation Programme which began in 2004 to create fewer, better quality leisure facilities across the city. It includes £1.94m from Sport England’s Iconic Facilities Fund as well as additional funding totalling £480,000 from England Athletics, The Football Association, England Squash and Racketball, British Cycling, Notts Athletics Club and Table Tennis England, secured as part of the bidding process.

A further £100,000 contribution from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd (Wren) has funded improvements to the Athletics Stadium.

The iconic state-of-the-art facility includes the Speedo Swim Centre – an eight-lane 50m pool with spectator area, along with new squash courts, gym, two multi-use activity studios, health suite, changing rooms and café as well as an upgraded ten-court sports hall.  Outdoors there is a new 1.5km cycling circuit for both elite riders and beginner cyclists along with improvements to the athletics stadium and new changing facilities. The council’s commitment to increasing participation in disability sport is reflected both in the building’s design and accessible features (easy access pool steps, hoists in the poolside and health suite and Changing Places facility) and the breadth of the inclusive activity programme. Parking is available including disability / parent and child bays.

Public swimming sessions are available every day and there are over 30 fitness classes running each week including the latest workout crazes Fight Klub and Hydrospin. Existing customers with online log on details can search and book online at whilst new customers can call the Sport and Leisure Hotline on 0115 876 1600.The opening of the new pool follows the closure of the Beechdale Swimming Centre nearby.

The opening of the new pool follows the closure of the Beechdale Swimming Centre nearby.

An official opening ceremony will take place on Saturday 12 Sept which includes a programme of free activities from 11.30am – 4.30pm (you can register on the day from 11am). Sessions will be available for all ages and abilities including swimming, cycling, football, fitness, squash, table tennis plus a number of sports in the arena area (sports hall). There will be guest appearances by international sporting stars. The theme for the event is Through the Decades, taking guests on a journey from the 1950s (the opening of the athletics stadium) through to the 1990s when Harvey Hadden Leisure Centre first opened to the public.

Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture said: “Harvey Hadden Sports Village is an iconic facility that underlines Nottingham’s position as the home of sport. We’ve got a venue that can host competitions at all levels including international events, but at its heart is a fantastic facility for the community to use and for grass roots sports to flourish.

“People have the chance to come along on 12 September to discover what the facilities are like for themselves.”

The full programme will be available at:

From 1 September Harvey Hadden Sports Village (main building) opening times are:

  • Monday – 5.45am – 10.30pm
  • Tuesday – 5.45am – 10.30pm
  • Wednesday – 5.45am – 10.30pm
  • Thursday – 5.45am – 10.30pm
  • Friday – 5.45am – 10.30pm
  • Saturday – 5.45am – 6.30pm
  • Sunday –  8.00am – 6.30pm

Harvey Hadden Sports Village is located on Wigman Road, Bilborough, NG8 4PB.