We never felt more proud of Birmingham than during the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Whether it was the jaw-dropping opening ceremony, the thrilling games, or the hospitality extended to visitors, we showed the best of Brum. It all feels like a long time ago now though, but those also looking to remember that magic might want to learn about the opening of Sandwell Aquatics Centre.
As the only venue that was built for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, Sandwell Aquatics Centre will open to the public on July 24. With everyone clambering for places to cool off this summer, it has been transformed into a state-of-the-art leisure centre with three swimming pools. Offering a place for amateur and elite-level swimmers alike.
The main 50m Olympic-sized pool can be configured with adjustable depth and length. Meaning that a whole programme of various swimming sessions and lessons will be offered for all levels and abilities. There’s also a dedicated diving pool, featuring a 10-metre high dive tower, plus a more relaxed studio pool for those fancying a casual swim.
It’s not all for swimmers either, as the aquatics centre in Smethwick also boasts three exercise studios, 100+ gym stations (there is also a dedicated ladies-only gym) and an indoor cycling studio. As well as court sports halls for badminton, basketball and 5-aside football; a sauna and steam room; and a full-sized football pitch.
Essentially, if the Commonwealth Games last year in Birmingham gave you the sporting bug, then Sandwell Aquatics Centre has you covered. The opening will also almost align with the kick-off of Birmingham Festival 2023 – a 10-day festival commemorating Brum’s Commonwealth Games legacy with free live music and performances in the Centenary Square.
The SAC launch membership offer is available at £25 per month for a limited time only and includes full use of Sandwells Aquatic Centre’s gym, swimming pool, sauna & steam room and fitness classes. Learn more here.