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Riverside Leisure Complex


Whether it's fitness or sport that inspires your visit, Riverside Leisure Complex has a great range of activities including athletics, cricket, football, rugby and exercise classes.

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Our leisure centres have reopened. Gyms and fitness classes will be available at first and you must pre-book your visit. See Leisure centres re-opening information for full details.

Most of our swimming pools reopened on Monday 10 August but we are still looking at how we can safely restart swimming lessons. See Swimming pools re-opening information for full details.

How to use the leisure centres safely

We have extra staff in our leisure centres to support you in following the new arrangements.

We have signs in place to help you move safely around the centre and have a strict cleaning regime in place along with extra hand sanitiser and cleaning stations.

Some of our gym equipment has been moved and safety screens put in place to help you socially distance, and we are limiting the numbers of people and movement during classes.

What you must know before you arrive

To ensure your safety and the safety of others, you must:

  • Pre-book your gym sessions and classes (you can book up to seven days in advance).
  • Arrive five minutes before your session start time - if you arrive late, you will have to re-book a later session.
  • Arrive wearing clothing sutable for your activity - changing rooms and showers are closed and only a small number of lockers are available on request.
  • Bring your own mats and blocks for fitness classes and belts and chalk for the gym as these are not provided. Where available you can buy mats in our centres for £10.
  • Bring your own drink - water fountains are not available.
  • Do not bring towels or bags to either the gym or any fitness class.

Please do not attend if you are displaying any symptoms of Covid-19 - see what to do if you think you have Coronavirus, which includes common symptoms.

Only wear a face covering if you want to - it isn't recommended while exercising because it may reduce your ability to breathe properly while exercising.

How to enter the building

  • Follow social distancing signs that are displayed outside and inside our leisure centres.
  • You may need to queue outside until your session is due to start. 
  • Our staff will give you guidance on entering the building.
  • On entering, you must sanitise your hands, scan your card and check-in with our team. When you check-in, we'll confirm that we have your correct details, so that we can support NHS test and trace.

How to clean the equipment

There will be instructions around the leisure centre explaining how to clean your equipment and our staff will be there to advise you.

  • Clean before and after you use a piece of equipment (if you are attending a fitness class, your coach will tell you when to clean).
  • Use the paper towel and cleaning product at the cleaning stations provided.
  • Spray the paper towel with the cleaning product.
  • Make sure you clean all touch points such as screens, handles and pads, starting from the top of the equipment and finishing on the seat. 
  • Put your dirty paper towel straight into the bins provided.
  • Please wipe the floor if any cleaning product is spilt and tell a member of our team.

How to leave the building

  • You must leave the building before the end of your booking slot - please make sure you are ready to leave ten minutes before the end. We will work with you to help you leave on time.
  • If you are attending a fitness class, your coach will tell you when to leave the building.

Additional support

If you require extra support to access our leisure centres, or if you attend with a carer please contact your leisure centre to arrange.

Facilities 

  • indoor hall
  • athletics track
  • 3G outdoor pitch
  • grass football pitches
  • grass rugby pitch 
  • tennis courts
  • activities room 
  • mixed changing rooms (with hairdryer)
  • lockers - 20p non-refundable 
  • sport equipment hire
  • disabled changing room 
  • baby change 
  • vending machines selling snacks and hot and cold drinks 

Find us

Hire a room

Host your meeting, event, sport or club activity in our rooms and we'll include room set-up for free. 

Riverside Park 

Play area, skatepark, cafe, fishing, events arena, bowling green spaces, ornamental gardens, Splash Pad, wildlife area, river walks, weekly park run - there's so much to do you won't know where to start. Find out more about Chester-le-Street Riverside Park.

Contact us
Riverside Leisure Complex
03000 266 447
Our address is:
  • Riverside Sports Pavillion
  • Riverside South
  • Chester-le-Street
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DH3 3QR
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