The programme director for the new community leisure complex in Kingston town centre has been made an MBE in King Charles’ first New Year honours list.

The New Year Honours list 2023 acknowledges 1,107 people this year, who have made achievements in public life, or committed themselves to serving and help the UK. Chris Jones was recognised for his service to sport and the community by delivering the Sandwell Aquatics Centre, created as part of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games last year. 

The centre was the only new, purpose-built venue for the Games and hosted all the swimming, para-swimming and diving events. Its construction was met with several challenges but still delivered in time for the Games to start in July. 

Chris continues to bring this expertise and passion to the creation of Kingston’s new community leisure complex. With five-a-side rooftop football, two swimming pools with spectator seating, a children’s splash deck and climbing wall, flexible community spaces, a cafe, and much more, the new community leisure complex will deliver inclusive facilities right in the heart of Kingston town centre.

The new leisure centre for Kingston was covered here.


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