Something for everyone at River Park Leisure Centre

Winchester City Council's River Park Leisure Centre is bringing new and exciting sporting opportunities to residents, starting this month.

Working in partnership with the council's Sports Development department the Gordon Road leisure centre is now offering squash sessions for nine- to 14-year-olds, coached swimming for over 16s and, helped by the Neighbourhood Wardens, Saturday night football for 13- to 17-year-olds.

The new Mini & Junior Squash sessions are an ideal opportunity for children who have never played squash to try their hand at a new sport and have some fun at the same time. They will get an introduction to the game while developing and building on core skills such as catching, throwing, co-ordination and movement.

Starting on April 25, the sessions will take place every Wednesday from 4 to 4:40pm for nine to eleven-year-olds (school years 4, 5 & 6) and 4:40 to 5:20pm for 11- to 14- year-olds (school years 7,8 & 9). The sessions cost just £1 and will be run by licensed squash coach Diana Gillen-Buchert.

It is hoped that young people from these sessions will go on to represent the Winchester District at the Hampshire Mini and Youth Games to be held on June 24 in Aldershot.

River Park Leisure Centre, managed by DC Leisure, has teamed up with Sport Hampshire & IOW to offer free weekly coached swimming sessions to adults.

Funded by the Hampshire Return to Sport programme, the sessions are open to anyone aged 16 or older so are ideal for people who haven't been swimming since school or don't feel particularly confident in the water.

There are four sessions a week: on Tuesday 12noon-1pm, Wednesday 9pm-10pm, Thursday 9pm-10pm and Friday 11.30am-12.30pm.

Saturday Night Football
The City Council's Neighbourhood Wardens are working with Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance to host an evening of five-a-side football on Saturday 28th April, from 7pm-9pm at River Park Leisure Centre.

The evening is aimed at 13- to 17-year-olds who have little to do on a Saturday night and will hopefully engage young people in exercise while helping to reduce the anti-social behaviour problems associated with bored teenagers.

Funding to support this trial project has been made available through the newly established Winchester District Sport and Physical Activity Alliance. If the trial is successful the alliance will be looking to run further sessions.


  • For further information on the football event please contact Trevor Lynas, Neighbourhood Warden on 0800 389 6274 or
  • For further information on the swimming and squash sessions please contact River Park Leisure Centre on 01962 848700/ or Louise Rowland, Winchester City Council Sports Development Officer on 01962 848 532.