A STATE-of-the-art new leisure centre will be a lasting Olympic legacy, declared London 2012 figurehead Sebastian Coe.
The former Olympic gold medal winner and chairman of the organising committee of the Olympic and Paralympic games, was in town to open the £12million Arc Leisure Matlock which he said could create future Olympians.
Lord Coe said: “This is a living, breathing example of legacy at its best in Matlock.
“This is the perfect story, this is partnership.
“It’s absolutely everything that we went to Singapore for to bid for the Olympic Games. It was not just about 16 extraordinary days. It was always about creating legacy.”
The Olympic hero was greeted by a children from 18 Derbyshire schools who cheered and waved flags for his arrival.
He was taken on a tour of the facilities which includes an eight-lane pool, sports hall and fitness suite, spoke to pupils, volunteers and staff and unveiled a plaque..
Arc opened at the end of August and has since recorded 55,000 visits.