Redbridge Sports and Leisure Celebrates 50 Years of Serving the Community
16th June 2022
Anyone involved in gymnastics in the London region is familiar with the Redbridge Sports and Leisure Centre. The venue which hosts competitions and events across many disciplines including Trampoline, Tumbling, Rhythmic and the Men’s London Open, is one of the UK’s longest-running sporting Charitable Trusts and celebrating 50 years of service to the sports and fitness sector in North East London.
Opened by HRH Princess Alexandra, on 15th June 1972, Redbridge Sports and Leisure (RSL), formally opened its doors as a racket sports venue. 10 major phases of development followed over the course of the last 50 years, the most significant being in 2012, opening the Jean Brown Indoor Arena, which was used as am Olympic & Paralympic Games Time Training Venue during the London 2012 games for Badminton, Judo, Wrestling and Goalball. As an Olympic legacy venue, the Arena now hosts the Centre’s own programme of activity along with being a competition venue for sport’s governing bodies from Badminton, Dance, Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Netball and Table Tennis.
Chief Executive, Ken Leggate said “What the Centre offers the local and wider sporting community is quite remarkable. The idea of a multisports centre was revolutionary back in the late 1960s, making RSL one of the pioneering sites of the time. That the range and quality of facilities on offer remain relevant and valued to this day are a testament to the work of the Centre’s Trustees, Management Team and staff, as well as the unwavering support of so many members over the years. The challenges of the pandemic have been significant, with so many facilities permanently closing as a result, and we continue to strive to appeal to the needs of all of our users and hope to welcome many more into the Centre in the months and years ahead”
To celebrate this momentous anniversary, Redbridge Sports and Leisure is hosting a year of anniversary events throughout 2022.