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St Sidwell’s Point clocks up 2 million visits in a year and half

Published: 8 December 2023

St Sidwell’s Point Leisure Centre clocks up 2 million visits in a year and half Chaz Tootill and Councillor Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure Services and Physical Activity

Exeter’s newest leisure centre – St Sidwell’s Point (SSP) – is celebrating after achieving two million visits to the state-of-the-art facility.

Fitness fan Chaz Tootill, of Polsloe, Exeter, clocked up the milestone when he visited the leisure centre on the morning of Monday 27 November. He wins three months of free membership at SSP.

“I was shocked when they told me. I couldn’t believe it!” he told Exeter Leisure staff.

Chaz has only been a member at St Sidwell’s Point for three and a half months. He comes early in the mornings and uses the gym equipment.

“I’m a full-time carer, so I don’t really get out much. My wife suggested I start using the gym and I found it helped my mental health a lot. I started losing a lot of weight as well, he added.

“Everywhere is nice and clean and new and everyone is friendly at the leisure centre,” he said.

St Sidwell’s Point is Exeter Leisure’s most recent edition to City Council’s leisure facilities, built in the heart of the city right next to the new Exeter Bus Station.

Opening in April 2022, it boasts a 25m main pool and a four-lane, 20m learner pool, both with moveable floors, making learning ton swim accessible to all who visit.

As well as swimming facilities it offers a modern gym with more than 100 stations, a premium spa, three group exercise studios, a soft play area and cafe.

Due to a special filtration process, the pools have exceptional water quality with minimal chemical content, which greatly improves the experience for swimmers compared to a standard pool.

The leisure centre, which was built to low energy standards has already won a raft of top architecture, building and leisure sector awards.

Cllr Duncan Wood, Lead Councillor for Leisure Services and Physical Activity, said: “Many congratulations to Chaz, I hope he enjoys his three months of free membership with us.

“It’s incredible that in such a relatively short period of time we have already had two million visits to St Sidwell’s Point. Labour have been determined from the start to deliver a new leisure centre that is both top notch and welcoming in the centre of our city.

“To have attracted this many visitors since it opened last year shows how popular the facility has become and how valued it already is to the people of Exeter, along with those who come to this great city to enjoy its leisure facilities.” 

For more information and membership details visit or download the Exeter Leisure App.

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