The history of Odyssey begins in 1965 when Kodak, whose offices were based on Stevenage Industrial Estate, purchased the 15-acre site and set up ‘The Kodak Sports and Social Club’. They developed the site to provide a football ground with a clubhouse, which had changing facilities and bar. After moving to Hemel Hempstead in the 1980's, the club was purchased by Mike Thody and Peter Doney, who launched Knebworth Leisure. In 2000 Odyssey Group Holdings purchased the club and launched Odyssey Health & Racquet Club.
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1985 - The site was purchased by private investors Mike Thody & Peter Doney. The club was renamed ‘Knebworth Health & Fitness Club’.
Over the next 15 years they developed the site to include: – 4 Squash Courts, Gymnasium, Studio, Steam & Sauna, Net Ball Court, Four Clay Tennis Courts, Outdoor Bowls Green, 30,000Sq ft Indoor Bowls & Functions/Banqueting centre and 25m Swimming Pool.
When the pool was built (1999) the company was re named ‘Knebworth Leisure Ltd’.
2000 Knebworth Leisure Ltd then was purchased by Odyssey Clubs Group.
This group was initially set up by John West as Founder & Chief Executive, David Laing as Chairman, along with other private investors and city merchant bankers Close Brothers.
Odyssey Knebworth immediately went through a £1million refurbishment, when all the existing facilities were restructured and up-graded.
During this refurbishment and over the next 4 years the site was developed to include: A suite of 8 Beauty & Therapy Rooms called The Spa, Four Floodlit Tennis Court and Three Floodlit 5-a-side pitches were added to the site.