If you want your kids to take swimming lessons then this is a good place to head for. The junior pool area is ideal for those first lessons and the parents/carers can sit behind a little wall area and keep an eye on what's happening. My biggest concern, though, and something that you need to watch out for, is access from the communal changing area to poolside. It is straight out onto the adult swimming pool, so hold onto little ones' hands. Helpful instructors and small groups make learning fun.
Antrim forum has had a make over in the last few years and now includes a bowling ally to its growing list of activites, Staff are very knowledgable and friendly and there are many different classes you can join wether it be swimming, gym, martial arts, trampoline, dance, keep fit, indoor football, basketball or lots more. A must visit if you are local or touring the area as its within walking distance of the local caravan/camping park.
I think that the antirm forum leisure centre is really great. The centre has recently been done up and the facilities offered are now more extensive than ever. The forum has a bowling alley and soft play area. It also offers lots of different classes and activities. The gym has also been done up and is now only open to members only. The centre is located within walking distance from the town centre and has a lovely coffee shop if the rest is too much for you. I would recommend that everyone visit the forum to see what it has to offer.
What a shame, this make over that the spa had could have really lifted this place, instead it is now overcrowded a lot of the time. The gym is rubbish, the equipment is old and not very good. the step machines and treadmills feel like they are falling apart. They have fitness classes right in the middle of the gym area, which is off putting if you are just trying to get a bit of quiet exercising.
The pool is terribly oversubscribed, always there seems to be clubs and children lessons going on which shorten the time it is available to ordinary swimmers. Coupled with this you get clumps of people at either ends not really swimming at all but messing about, people swimming across lane swimmers and all through this the staff do not lift a finger to exercise any control at all.
The spa is lovely, though again there is no control by the staff, so you get people leaving their paper cups in the sauna and steam room and people moving between the various activities without taking a shower (imagine sitting in your own sweat for 15 minutes then jumping in to a warm water Jacuzzi or small plunge pool, everyone else then benefits form the product of your poresyumm!).
The showers in the changing rooms are also for nothing, they last less than ten seconds per press and are weak. All in all its not great when, with just a little more investment (separate training pool or fun pool, new gym equipment, better designed changing rooms) it could be a really brilliant public sports area.
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