VISITORS worked up a sweat and tried their hand at new sports and active passtimes at newly-refurbished Harrow Leisure Centre's Open Day.

Staff at complex in Christchurch Avenue, Wealdstone, invited locals in on Saturday to see the results of a £1.7million makeover and enjoy a range of sampler activities.

Children and adults alike raised a smile and their heart rate by taking part in trampolining, indoor bowls, swimming, water polo, netball, badminton, football and netball, as well as fitness classes an Bollywood, Zumba and Latin dance workshops, and even a roller disco.

Crowds enjoyed demonstrations from such performers as the London Taekwondo Warriors club, which is based at the centre, and a Team GB swimming demonstration.

 

Shams Sadiqi, a master at the Harrow branch of London Taekwondo Warriors, said: “I think it was a fantastic idea. Our students had really great fun and it was good promotion for us.

“Our demonstration consisted of all the basic taekwondo techniques, self defence, one step sparring, three step sparring, stretching, breaking boards, targeting training and pad training.

“We held a taster session later and we had 10 to 15 people train with us on the day.”

Elsewhere in the centre ex-England table tennis player John McShane attempted to break the Guiness World Record for the most shots in a minute-long rally with Siddhant Rawal, 14.

Sports and Leisure Management runs the Harrow Council-owned centre on day-to-day basis under the brand name Everyone Active.