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Centre Updates


READING Council has secured £159,000 funding to support the recovery of its leisure centres.
The award is part of £100 million Government funding that has now been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms.

The National Leisure Recovery Fund has been funded by the Government and is managed by Sport England.

Allocations will mean that publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms can begin preparations for reopening as part of Step Two of the Government’s spring roadmap. The lifting of restrictions will be subject to approval.

The news comes as Reading prepares to safely reopen its sport and leisure facilities in line with the government guidance. The current timelines include:

  • March 29th – recommence outdoor activities. This will include clubs at Palmer Park, football sports pitches, tennis courts and outdoor gyms.
  • No earlier than April 12th – limited indoor activities. This will include gyms, casual swimming sessions, children’s swimming lessons, and possibly some indoor sports hall activity at South Reading, Meadway and Palmer Park centres.
  • No earlier than May 17th – other indoor activities; specifically the group exercise training programme.

Important Information: Customers must pre-book sessions in advance, no casual drop in access to activity sessions.

More details will be available soon on the Council’s website and at

Online booking issues 09/06/2021

We are currently experiencing technical issues with our online booking system: Customers are not able to view their bookings or cancel their bookings. IT enginners are looking to rectify the problem as a matter of urgency.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Cycling sessions starting back April 2021

Great news, our popular cycling sessions are coming back to Palmer Park Sports Stadium from mid April. Please note: Sessions must be pre-booked.

We will be running the following sessions:

After school cycling - For full details click here. Please bring your own bike and helmet, as we are unable to hire out equipment due to COVID-19.

Track Cycling (Coached) sessions - For full details click here.

Badminton Re-opening guidance from 20 May 2021

Badminton has returned to our leisure centres from Thursday 20 May 2021. In accordance with the England Badminton Return to Play Guidance Notes, we are permitting single or doubles social play from a maximum of two households. We are not however permitting spectators. The ‘Rule of 6' is therefore not applicable. Please adhere to the rules listed below:

All courts must be pre-booked.

Additional guests must sign the visitor’s book upon arrival.

Courts are strictly 55 minutes long, so please exit promptly at the end of your booking. This allows us to clean the area ready for the next customers.

Face mask must be worn in the public areas (reception, corridors & washroom areas). There are no exceptions to this rule unless valid proof can be provided.

A maximum of 4 people on a court. No spectators allowed.

Benches are provided at either end of the court. Please do not swap ends after each game or cross onto other people’s courts

Disinfectant will be provided beside the court for you to wipe areas that you have touched, to avoid cross contamination.

No changing facilities are available, so please come ready to play. Only toilet facilities are available.

Please adhere to the one-way system, this will be explained to you when you arrive at the centre.

The exit route will be explained to you by a member of staff.

Please bring your own equipment. No equipment will be available to hire or borrow due to Covid restrictions.

Please follow the above rules and instructions of the centre staff, for the safe enjoyment by everyone.

Preview of Reading's new leisure facilities

Take a virtual tour of the new leisure facilities Reading can look forward to: