As part of the new contract, SLM will invest £9 million in facilities and equipment including improved health and fitness facilities, upgraded changing rooms, refurbished health suites and new cycle stands. Hot yoga will be introduced at Queen Mother, Seymour, Porchester and Marshall Street Leisure Centres.

SLM will also offer 130 hours of free sport and physical activity programmes every week in community locations outside of sports centres.

The new contractor will launch new gymnastic, badminton, netball, football and trampolining programmes and intensive swimming courses for those learning to swim.

Talented young athletes will also benefit from additional financial support and mentoring through the councils Champions of the Future scheme and there will be 10 new apprenticeships for local residents.