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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

Preview of Reading's new leisure facilities

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

May Bank Holiday Opening Hours


Monday 3 May

Meadway Sports Centre - Closed
Palmer Park Sports Stadium - Closed
South Reading Leisure Centre - open 8.00am - 4.00pm

Monday 31 May

Meadway Sports Centre - Open 8.00am - 4.00pm
Palmer Park Sports Stadium - Closed
South Reading Leisure Centre - Closed

Bank Holiday Monday 31 May
Swimming Timetable at Meadway Sports Centre

Adult Lanes 8.30 - 9.15am

Family Swim 10.00- 11.00am; 12noon - 1.00pm; 2.00 - 3.00pm

All sessions MUST be booked online

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.