Horizon’s Free Open Days

July 11th 2016

Horizon’s Free Open Day at Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres

Waterlooville Leisure Centre Open Day – Saturday 30th July 16 – 10am – 4pm
Havant Leisure Centre Open Day – Saturday 13th August 16 – 10am – 4pm

To help celebrate the 2016 Olympics, and to encourage greater participation in sporting activities, Horizon Leisure Centres will be holding two Open Days this summer at Havant and Waterlooville Leisure Centres. The days will give the local community a chance to sample some of the many facilities and activities on offer at the centres.

The sessions will be free of charge and will run at different times throughout the day to allow people to drop in and have a go. Sessions will include activities in the pools and play centres, plus exercise classes and sports sessions.

Over the last few years Horizon Leisure Centres has invested heavily in refurbishing facilities and providing developments to both of the centres.

Havant Leisure Centre opened a brand new gym in summer 2014 and recently the play centre has been refurbished to become Horizon Oceans of Play, a fun ocean themed indoor play centre. Waterlooville Leisure Centre was given a massive extension in summer 2015 which saw the opening of a new three-storey gym, exercise studio, World of Play indoor play centre, themed to different countries around the world, and a café.

Both gyms are award winning, with Havant gym holding the Gym of the Year title in 2015 and Waterlooville taking over the mantel for Gym of the Year in 2016. Over the period of the Open Days, a special time-limited membership promotion will be running to encourage more people to become more active!

Horizon Leisure Centres is a registered charity and a not-for-profit social enterprise with a vision to make life better for our local communities. Any surplus it makes is reinvested in improving the facilities and keeping entrance fees low.

Horizon’s Chief Executive, Howard Broad, said “The Open Days provide a fantastic opportunity for those in the community unfamiliar with the wide-range of leisure facilities and activities we offer, to come in and have a look around and take part in an activity free of charge. Hopefully, people will enjoy the experience and want to return to take-up regular exercise, which will help improve their fitness, health and well-being”.

To view the schedule of activities, please click the link below –

Horizon’s Open Days

Gym of the Year Award for Waterlooville Gym

June 3rd 2016

In the picture, left to right, Rebecca gym instructor, Marie Wilkinson Centre Manager at Waterlooville, Carl Shear Operations Manager, Sarah Moulds Gym Manager, Natalie Gym Instructor, Howard Broad Chief Executive, Stacy Gym Team Leader.

The new three storey gym at Waterlooville Leisure Centre has been voted ‘Gym of the Year 2016’ by its members in a local competition run by The News.

The gym, which is run by Horizon Leisure Centres, opened in June 2015 and was nominated for The News Gym of the Year Competition in January 2016.

Howard Broad, Chief Executive at Horizon Leisure Centres said ‘This is yet another fantastic achievement for Horizon Leisure Centres and we are delighted to have won The News’ prestigious award of Gym of the Year for the second year running, having won it last year for our Gym at Havant.

Winning this award is particularly pleasing as it is our members that have voted for it. It is the greatest compliment you can receive.

We opened a new gym at Havant Leisure Centre in July 2014 and in June last year we opened the new gym at Waterlooville Leisure Centre as part of a major extension.

Since opening the new gyms both have been shortlisted for a national gym of the year award as well as local gym of the year awards.

To win back-to-back awards for both our new gyms in the local area is a great accomplishment and is a reflection of the hard work and commitment shown by everyone who works at Horizon.’

The response to the new gym at Waterlooville has been very positive and Horizon has seen an increase in their memberships since opening the new gyms.

Teri Pope, a member of Horizon Waterlooville said ‘Waterlooville gym has amazing facilities, it’s always clean and looks good and the staff are always happy to help. This is the best gym in the area by far.’

Horizon Leisure Centres has two large gyms at Waterlooville and Havant Leisure Centres. Havant Leisure Centre gym won the News Gym of The Year in 2015.

Horizon Oceans of Play Now Open at Havant Leisure Centre!

June 1st 2016

Now open at Havant Leisure Centre an exciting oceans and ship themed indoor play centre.

The new play centre, Horizon Oceans of Play, opened on 21st March 16.

The play centre will includes a new ship and underwater themed play frame for the junior area of the play centre where children can climb the rigging on the giant ship, slide into the ‘sea’, dive into the ball pit and discover what is hiding in the depths of the ocean.

The separate toddler area of the play centre is a submarine. Toddlers are able to play with the fish, swim with the seals and go on an underwater adventure discovering all of the fun creatures that live under the sea.

Children visiting Horizon Oceans of Play can board a ship with their passports and climb aboard to discover what hides in the depths of the oceans. They can discover the fish and sea life that live in and around the oceans.

The party rooms have a brand new fun ocean theme wall art. Each room represents a different theme, Blue Seas, Icy Oceans and The Corals. The giant cartoon pictures on the walls really help to bring the oceans to life.

Creatures such as sharks, sting rays, lobsters and jelly fish could be spotted in the Icy Oceans room, whales, seals, polar bears and penguins will be found in the Blue Seas room and in The Corals room children will be able to spot tropical creatures and plants.

In July 2015 Horizon Leisure Centres opened a brand new play centre at their Waterlooville Leisure Centre called Horizon World of Play part of a grand extension which also included gym and café.

Horizon World of Play and allows the children to board a plane and travel around the world visiting different countries as they make their way around the play frame.

Both play centres will now give children a fun and unique experience that makes them want to come back and discover more about the world and oceans! Take me to Horizon Oceans of Play

Exercise Referral Scheme a Success at Horizon Gym

June 9th 2015

Horizon Leisure Centres’ Exercise Referral Scheme is seeing some fantastic results.

The scheme which started in September 2014 and is in partnership with Havant Borough Council, The Macmillan Centre and Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust has 45 members signed up to improve their health and lifestyle.

Horizon Gym Manager said ‘Since we set up the referral scheme, we have managed to build relationships with many local GP surgeries, the Physiotherapy Centre at Queen Alexandra Hospital which specialise with brain injury and stroke patients and the Macmillan Centre who refer patients to us after they have completed their cancer treatment and need guidance in becoming fitter and stronger again.

All partnerships have been very successful and referrals are strong. We have helped some fantastic patients and I personally feel the difference I have seen in them has been amazing. Stacey Hewson, our Gym Team Leader at Havant is the Exercise Referral Instructor and focuses on the patients’ needs devising the correct programme to suit each individual perfectly.

We have seen some great results from her programmes and the feedback Stacey always receives is brilliant. Due to the success of this scheme, Havant Borough Council have awarded us funding to train up two new Exercise Referral Instructors to support our busy scheme at Havant and will also help to start the scheme up at Waterlooville in the near future. This is thanks to Nicki Conyard, the Community Team Leader from Havant Borough Council who has been supportive throughout the set-up of the scheme and enabled us to expand.’

Judith Trewick thanked Horizon ‘Many thanks for guiding me through the referral scheme. You have given me the confidence and encouragement to continue with my exercise programme. I was really impressed with your thoughtfulness with regards to my limitations and your positive, professional attitude. The scheme is really excellent I will definitely be mentioning to my G.P when visiting’

Another participant, Rowan, added ‘I never thought that going to the gym a couple of times a week would have such a difference to my medical condition or my life. My consultant is delighted and whilst my asthma will always be severe and difficult to manage and there isn’t a cure, attending the gym has kept me out of A&E, reduced my sickness record and made it easier for me to pin down my symptoms and establish what has been triggering my condition than has been historically possible. The support I have had from my physiotherapist, my personal trainer and the staff at the gym has been absolutely fantastic in supporting me through to making these changes. I am so much happier.’

Howard Broad, Horizon LC Chief Executive said ‘We are very pleased with the results that the scheme has produced so far. As a charity we aim to ‘make life better’ for our customers and this is a project we support whole heartedly. With the new gym opening later this summer at Waterlooville we will be looking at extending the scheme and helping the community have a healthy and active lifestyle. ’

The scheme is currently only available at the Havant Gym but will be available at Waterlooville soon. For further information on the Referral Scheme and the Waterlooville Leisure Centre extension visit www.horizonlc.com.