April 6th 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is delighted to announce the launch of a new Over 50s Sports and Social Club based at Havant Leisure Centre. The new Club opened for business on Monday 3rd April 2017.

The Club operates on: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30am – 12pm.  People can join a FREE membership scheme which then allows them to participate in the group, team and individual exercise sessions including badminton, table tennis, squash, swimming, the gym and many more activities for just £4 per session.

Members that don’t want to participate in the sports sessions can still attend the centre on Club days to enjoy an exclusive 20% discount off Hot drinks available at our popular Café.

The Over 50s Sports and Social Club also offers a great social calendar with members being able to take part in social events including skittles and quiz evenings, day trips and short break holidays.

Anyone over fifty, wishing to join for fitness, fun and friendship, are encouraged to turn up on any of the Club days and enquire at reception for more details.  You will be guaranteed a warm welcome!

Howard Broad, Chief Executive of Horizon Leisure Centres said, “We endeavour to provide accessible and affordable sport and leisure facilities for the whole community at our Centres. We are therefore delighted to launch the new Over 50s Club at our Havant Centre. The Club will provide an opportunity for people to take regular exercise in a fun and friendly environment, keep fit, make friends and enjoy an improved social life.”

Geeti Granger, Chairperson for the Club said, “The Club’s members share a common desire to keep themselves fit and healthy while having fun and welcome the chance to get to know each other better in a relaxed and friendly environment while taking part in the various social events organized by the Social Committee.”


Lucky bike winners revealed at Horizon Leisure Centres

April 5th 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is delighted to announce the six lucky Platinum Members that have won the ‘Win a bike Competition’ and collected their brand new hybrid bikes.

To win the brand new bikes and accessory packs worth £500 each, existing Platinum Card members had to refer as many friends and family as possible to join the scheme between 7th of November 2016 and 28th of February 2017. The winners, picked at random were, Emily Huntley, Emma Webb, Kimberley Walker from Havant Gym and Kara Lambert, Victoria McKee, Ben Chivers from Waterlooville gym.

All of the winners were pleasantly surprised when they found out, but it was more special for Havant winner Emma Webb when she found out on her birthday that she had won one of the bikes. Kara Lambert, who uses Waterlooville Leisure Centre, commented that she could not believe it when she found out that she won a bike as it was the very first time she ever won something.

The bikes were later handed over to the winners by Howard Broad, Chief Executive and Carl Shear, Operations Manager from Horizon Leisure Centres.

Howard Broad Chief Executive of Horizon Leisure Centres said “As part of our membership winter promotion this year we decided to offer some quality bikes as a prize to encourage new members to sign-up. The competition was a resounding success and we congratulate all the winners who are hopefully enjoying the use of their bikes as part of their overall fitness regime”.

Tone-Up at New Fitness Studio in Havant

February 13th 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is investing further in its range of fitness facilities by creating a Toning Table Studio adjacent to the gym at the Havant centre.

The Toning Table Studio will provide a warm, friendly and relaxing experience for people looking to become more active in order to improve their health and wellbeing.

The new Studio will initially comprise 8 Shapemaster exercise machines half of which will be power-assisted and will provide a great 30-minute workout session. The new facility will be targeted at attracting people to take up introductory exercise who currently are unable to use regular gym equipment either through illness, injury or simply living sedentary lifestyles.

The main aim of the new facility is to help and encourage people to start or return to exercise and to gradually improve their activity levels over time. It is planned that the Studio will become a ‘stepping stone’ to enable people to graduate into using the main gym and enable them to enjoy a more active and long-term healthier lifestyle.

Howard Broad, Horizon Leisure Centres Chief Executive said “As a charity we are delighted to be able to offer this fantastic new facility to encourage those in the community currently not able to exercise and to help make their life better”.

Cycle Your Way to Fitness at new Studio in Havant

January 31st 2017

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is excited to announce that it is undertaking works to double the size of its current Indoor Cycle Studio at the Havant centre and fill it with brand new top of the range bikes.

Indoor group cycling classes have become extremely popular over recent times and the existing Studio at Havant Leisure Centre has struggled to keep up with customer demand.

The existing Studio is to be completely refurbished and extended into the adjoining room, formerly the Over 50’s gym. The room will be decorated in a largely black and red colour scheme and will incorporate special lighting effects. There will be 35 IC6 bikes provided by Life Fitness that provide all necessary interaction and connectivity to link riders to their work outs. The room will also house a new sound system along with a dedicated stage for the class instructor.

In addition, the Studio will be kitted out with a Les Mills based virtual cycling system that will enable far more classes to take place each week than at present. The new system is not instructor-led but technology is used to provide voice-over instructions synced to a choice of cycle-based movie scenes projected onto a large screen for riders to follow.

Howard Broad, Horizon Leisure Centres Chief Executive said “The new enlarged and state of the art cycle studio will provide yet another fantastic addition to the range of leisure facilities we offer the community at both the Havant and Waterlooville Centres. Cycling has become an extremely popular participation sport in this Country and we are delighted to be able to provide such a modern indoor facility to help meet the growth in demand”.

Check out our brand new cycle classes!

Waterlooville Leisure Centre Landscaping Works Waterberry Drive Frontage

December 27th 2016

Existing trees and scrub vegetation through the Waterlooville Leisure Centre site has been surveyed by an Arboriculturalist in consultation with Havant Borough Council. Some trees are deemed over-mature, requiring removal and much of the existing tree/scrub vegetation requires management.

Horizon Leisure are working in co-operation with Havant Borough Council to enhance the site frontage appearance, improve access for pedestrians/cyclists and to increase parking provision that will complement future leisure facility improvements.

To achieve this, existing trees and scrub along Waterberry Drive will be replaced by a more formal style of ornamental tree planting, with evergreen hedge and groundcover for a well maintained, smart approach to Waterlooville Leisure Centre.

Tree and scrub clearance from the Waterberry site frontage is programmed for January 2107. Replacement planting will follow directly after this during February 2017.

Horizon Leisure are keen to retain and improve the existing tree belt along the Hambledon Road as a valuable screen and wildlife habitat. Long-term management operations to maintain screen density and diversity will comprise selective re-coppicing of trees and scrub each winter to promote regeneration.

If you should have any queries or concerns, please contact Horizon Leisure on 02392 245900 or

Swimming Pools to Open Longer

December 19th 2016

Horizon Leisure Centres, the charity that runs Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, is delighted to announce that following a comprehensive review of their swimming pools timetable that public swimming sessions and swim school lessons are to be extended from January 2017.

As part of the review, customers were surveyed for their views on the current pool timetables and in the main most were supportive of the varied programme that met the needs of the community. However, there was some evidence to suggest that customers would like more opportunities to swim, especially at weekends.

As a result, public swimming sessions will be extended from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at weekends at the Waterlooville Centre and from 6.30pm to 9.00pm on Saturday’s at the Havant Centre for a trial period of 6-months. If the trials prove successful then it is likely the new opening hours will become permanent.

In addition, the highly successful Horizon Swim School programme is to increase the number of swimming classes at both Centres to help alleviate the current waiting list of children wanting to join.

Howard Broad, Horizons Chief Executive said “Swimming is an important life-skill and is one of the best forms of exercise available that will improve fitness levels, health and general wellbeing. We are therefore delighted to be able to offer the community extended swimming opportunities. We really hope that this 6-month trial proves successful so that we can adopt the revised timetable. We wish to encourage both existing and new customers to take advantage of these extra sessions, get back to the pool and kick-start a new healthy lifestyle for 2017”

Prices frozen for second year at Horizon Leisure Centres

December 13th 2016

Prices frozen for second year at popular leisure centres

Horizon Leisure Centres, the Charity that operates both Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, has announced that activity charges at both Centres are to be frozen for a second consecutive year meaning that prices will remain at the same level as 2015.

The charges to access the centres are normally adjusted in January each year but following a review by the Board of Trustees the decision was made not to increase membership fees or general pay-as-you-go admission charges in 2017.

The Charity’s Chief Executive, Howard Broad said “The purpose of the Charity is to provide high quality leisure facilities at affordable prices for the communities of Havant and Waterlooville and beyond.

The decision to freeze prices for the second year in a row is good news for our customers and will help increase usage of the Centres and encourage more people in the community, to become more active, more often. As a result, customers will not only improve their wellbeing but their quality of life too”.

As a charity Horizon Leisure Centres provides a range of targeted programmes to meet the community needs these include daily teen (aged 10 – 15) gym sessions. ‘MEND’ children’s exercise and anti-obesity clinics, exercise referral schemes and cancer rehabilitation through exercise.

The Horizon centres provide a range of facilities and activities for everyone, including two award-winning gyms, two massive and themed children’s indoor soft play centres, a highly successful swim school for babies, children and adults, and over 70 other activities. January will see the launch of an Over 50s Sports and Social Club, formally known as the ‘Fun Club’.

In addition to the price freeze, Horizon is set to continue making improvements in 2017. At Havant, plans are underway to provide an extended Cycle Studio complete with state of the art bikes and a new Wellbeing Centre in the Gym that will house a range of toning tables. At Waterlooville landscaping works will begin in the New Year to help provide more car parking that will not only help meet existing demand but will also support a further planned extension to the centre in the future. To help encourage greater usage and meet the demand for more lessons the swimming pool programme at both centres is to be extended from January.

Sea world brought to life at popular Play centre

Horizon Oceans of Play
December 12th 2016

Horizon Leisure Centres popular children’s indoor play centre based in Havant Leisure Centre is set to complete its underwater theming this week.

The massive 4-storey play centre first opened its doors in 2004 and has proved to be a huge favourite leisure attraction for children and families to visit. This year the centre is being given a makeover and is being transformed with a new underwater theme and is now called Oceans of Play.

The first phase of the transformation took place earlier in the year and completion of the theming is taking place before Christmas. The play centre frame will see the introduction of underwater themed obstacles and activities and improved lighting. The reception and corridor leading to the centre will also be themed and there will be extended seating for families.

Horizon believe that the additional investment being made at Oceans of Play will improve the customer’s experience and that children will enjoy diving into the seas of the world whilst playing with their friends and family.

Oceans of Play is complimented by Horizon’s other large indoor play area, World of Play based at Waterlooville Leisure Centre, which gives children an exciting and educational tour of some of the major countries and cities around the globe.

Havant Gym Receives National Recognition

December 5th 2016

The gym at Havant Leisure Centre was shortlisted in the Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year category at this years National Fitness Awards, an event that recognises excellence and achievement in gyms throughout the country.

The glittering awards ceremony took place at the Leicester Athena in Leicester on 2 December 2016 and staff from Horizon’s Gym and Marketing department were extremely proud to represent the charity at the prestigious event.

The massive gym at Havant Leisure Centre opened in 2014 and won the Portsmouth News Gym of the Year in 2015 following huge support from its members. It has a 2 lane running track and over 160 work stations including boxing frames. There is a large free weights area and is one of the largest gyms on the south coast.

The Havant gym, along with its sister gym at the Waterlooville Leisure Centre, offers some of the best value for money exercise facilities available in the area. Staffed by fully qualified friendly gym instructors, who offer great advice and motivation to help customers achieve their personal health and fitness targets.

Howard Broad, Horizon’s Chief Executive commented ‘For a leisure provider operating from Havant and Waterlooville, it’s a great achievement to be shortlisted in this national fitness awards competition for the third year running. The team at Horizon have worked tirelessly to deliver a fantastic gym at Havant Leisure Centre which has been much appreciated by our members and as a charity we are proud of the high standard of facility we have provided to the local community’.

The awards were organised by leading fitness industry magazine Workout, with support from headline sponsor Service Sport. In each category up to seven finalists were selected and put through a judging process where they had to impress by showcasing first-hand the great work going on in their clubs.

National Fitness Awards’ director Judith Halkerston said: “The quality and quantity of National Fitness Awards’ entries just keep improving year on year and everyone who has been shortlisted this year should be really proud of their achievement so far as competition was so strong and standards so high.”

Horizon hope that by being shortlisted for national award such as this and attending events where gyms from all of the country are also attending, they are more than on the way to putting Havant Horizon on the map!

Horizon Leisure Centre lifeguard saves the day

November 10th 2016

Horizon Leisure Centre lifeguard Harry Arnold has saved a customer’s life while working his second part-time job at the Harvester Restaurant in Rowlands Castle. Harry noticed a customer struggling to swallow and immediately leapt into action applying his first aid skills to save the day.

Harry’s comprehensive first aid training, alongside his lifeguard qualifications gave him the confidence to perform the ‘Heimlich’ manoeuvre – a technique known to dislodge obstacles, most commonly food stuck in the throat.

Horizon has commented ‘It is great to see that the talents he has developed through his training at the leisure centre in Havant and his quick thinking has saved someone’s life. Important skills such as first aid are transferable throughout different scenarios and not just in lifeguarding situations.’

Harry’s brave response has made the Portsmouth News with the headline “Heroic Harry puts first aid skills to lifesaving use in restaurant’’.

Horizon Leisure Centres runs training courses throughout the year for anybody interested in becoming a lifeguard. The National Pool Lifeguard Qualification course, which takes one intensive week, prepares lifeguards in the practical and lifesaving skills that can be applied throughout the leisure industry and many other environments. The course covers pool supervision and intervention, pool rescues skill, first aid, CPR including the use of an AED (automated external defibrillator). For more information please visit:

‘Win a Bike’ competition starts Monday 7th November 16

November 7th 2016

Win a Bike Competition

Horizon Leisure Centres are giving their Platinum Members the chance to win one of 6 brand new bike and accessory packs worth £500 each!

The fantastic competition at Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres, in conjunction with local bicycle supplier Hargroves Cycles, will give Platinum Members the chance to win the latest hybrid bike with full suspension and disc brakes, helmet and lights. The bikes are on display in the gyms so you can see their quality up close!

For the chance to win, existing Horizon Platinum members will need to ‘refer a friend’ who then joins Horizon’s Platinum membership between Monday 7th November 16 and Tuesday 28th February 17.  The names of those who have signed a friend up successfully will be put in a hat and the winners will be picked at random after the closing date. The more people you join, the more chance of winning – if you have one friend that joins you will only have one chance to win but if you get ten of your friends or family on board your chance of winning will increase dramatically!

Platinum Members must ‘refer a friend’ by filling in a referral slip and putting it into the ‘refer a friend competition box’ at either Waterlooville or Havant Gym Reception. If your friend then joins on a Platinum Membership, it will count as one entry into the competition – it’s that simple!

When you sign up for a Platinum Membership, you will have access to use Horizon’s two large award winning gyms, 4 swimming pools at both Havant and Waterlooville Centres and try out 140+ Exercise Classes each week from just £26.95 per month.

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Quest Success at Horizon Leisure Centres

November 4th 2016

Horizon Leisure Centres has been re-accredited the prestigious Quest award for its management of both Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres.

Quest is a quality assurance scheme specifically designed for assessing the management of sports and leisure facilities. It is independently run and reviews how effective and efficient an organisation is and provides guidance on how to continue to make improvements.

Following a visit from a ‘mystery customer’, the Centres were visited by an external assessor; the facilities were then inspected and various members of staff from all levels of the organisation were interviewed. Horizon Leisure Centres are proud to be re-accredited each year and works hard to maintain the high quality standard that is set by Quest.

Howard Broad, Horizon Leisure Centres Chief Executive, commented; “Receiving the Quest award for the 10th year in succession is a fantastic achievement for Horizon Leisure Centres. The entire team work hard to ensure that all areas of our operation meet the strict criteria of Quest”.

“This recognition rewards the team’s efforts and professional management of the Centres and provides reassurance to the local community and to our commitment to continue to provide high standards of service”.

Horizon Leisure Centres is a charitable leisure trust established in 1997 to operate Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres in partnership with Havant Borough Council. As a not-for-profit organisation, all surplus income generated is re-invested back into the running of the organisation and the facilities.