In the heart of East Greenwich is a gem of a leisure facility, offering a wealth of facilities as well as a spot of local history into the bargain.
Arches Leisure Centre, located on Trafalgar Road near Maze Hill over ground station, has everything you would expect to find in a leisure centre and more. This former pool hall building is almost one hundred years old and is listed as a site of special interest. When you walk in, make sure you notice the foundation stone at the door. If you keep your eyes open as you walk around inside the building you will notice plenty of features that date back to the late 1920’s, making it easy to imagine the splendid galas that undoubtedly must have taken place here once.
The facilities themselves, however, are as modern as you could wish for. The large gym is equipped with over 100 stations, including all the cardio and weight machines you could wish for. There are also two exercise studios where you can find dance cardio classes, pilates and pre natal yoga on offer. The larger of the studios, the ‘tone zone’, offers over 50 class options and can fit up to 60 people. Most of these group exercise classes are guaranteed to make you sweat; tums, bums and thighs, power pump and cardio blast will get your heart racing. The smaller of the two studios is where you’ll find ‘calm’ classes, the pilates and yoga sessions. Gymnastics classes are also held at the centre.
There are two pools, one for the ’serious’ swimmers who want to do some focused length swimming, and the other for toddlers and anyone else who might just fancy a splash about. For added fun factor there are flume slides (strong swimmers only) and also a spa pool for when you want to relax and enjoy the bubbles.
For the little ones, there is a soft play area – perfect for those wet afternoons when you need to let the toddlers run off some steam. For 3 and 4 year olds there are toddler football classes, a great way to improve hand eye coordination, improve balance and boost confidence.
The centre opens between 6.30 and 7am on weekdays so it’s perfect if you want to squeeze in a quick bit of exercise before work. There is also full disabled access, including a pool hoist.