Unlike many of our derby friends, we are really lucky to have a great relationship with our training venue. Southglade Leisure Centre have not only let us paint down a full-sized WFTDA track on their sports hall floor, they supported us when we were fundraising to get our team to A Skate Odyssey, and when they were building their new Health Suite, we tried to have a bit of a nosey around so they said, come along and see it when its finished!
The Harlots Review!
How to decide who should try out the new Health Suite?! Everybody works hard, loads of people do committee work to keep the league running so we did the fairest thing we could think of – resort to pulling names out of Kitty Fury’s hat. Here are some reviews of what Southglade has to offer from a couple of lucky Harlots whose names were drawn.
We were lucky to be able to go after roller derby practice because having had several body-slamming into floor moments during practice, I was sincerely grateful for the timing of the session. First stop was the sauna – heaven to my tired body. Second stop was a quick shower before trying out the steam room. The shower has two settings, pleasantly warm and invigorating cold (for invigorating, please read, you may make a little squeak noise when the water first hits you). From there it was into the steam room. After we got used to breathing in the steam, this was a lovely experience, made slightly surreal by the fact that you were talking to people that you couldn’t actually see through the steam. From there it was back to the sauna and then a quick go on the foot spa, which was a joy for our tired tootsies that had until 30 minute previously been tightly laced into roller skates. All in all it was a fantastic time, the staff were incredibly helpful, and I would definitely come back.
I was fortunate enough to be one of the lucky people pulled out of a hat to go and experience the new Health Suite at Nottingham’s Southglade Leisure Centre for a little bit of a pamper session. We plumped for a hour’s session after training, which turned out to be a heavenly wind down after a hour and a half of tearing around and getting sweaty!
First impressions were that the new suite looks a lot bigger than it is! Southglade have really made the most of the limited space they had, and packed a lot of facilities in without making the room seem claustrophobic. It all looked very clean, and was nice and quiet. The chatter in the seating area directly outside and the noise from the pool was inaudible which made for a really relaxing experience. The colour scheme was essentially white and wicker-brown, which along with the lighting in the steam room and sauna gave the suite more of a high end spa feel.
I tried all of the facilities (for research purposes of course – it’s a tough job but someone has to do it!) and was very pleasantly surprised by the sauna and the foot spa in particular – both are quite compact, but lovely facilities nonetheless. I have never been particularly fond of steam rooms, but popped in anyway to give it a try! Personal opinion was that I’m still not a steam room convert, but if it’s your kind of thing, you’ll love it. The ambient coloured lighting is a very nice touch! The showers are tucked away round a corner, but also feel quite luxurious! There are also various comfy chairs dotted around, should you just want to kick back away from the world with a good book.
I will definitely be popping back into the health suite for more visits in the future, particularly after training to give my poor sore feet a bit of love and ease my achy muscles with a bit of heat! The only issue I can foresee with it is that at peak times it could get a little cramped, as although it is a lovely space, there isn’t a lot of it! You could easily get around this issue by booking in advance at a time that the crowds won’t be descending. All in all, I would definitely recommend a visit as a little post-gym treat, or after a tough day to rejuvenate and relax. A lovely experience, delivered by lovely, accommodating and friendly staff!
What you need to know
- The health suite costs £6.60 or £6.30 with a city card and you need to book in advance.
- You can book online or call 0115 8761600.
- Relax in the sauna and steam room, melt into the foot spas and refresh in a monsoon shower.
- Ask about Southglade Leisure Centre’s Swim and Health Suite’ membership!
- Check out their website for opening times http://www.nottinghamcity.gov.uk/sglc