Places for People Leisure appointed by Mid Sussex and Wycombe District Councils

Places for People Leisure appointed by Mid Sussex District Council and Wycombe District Council

Places for People Leisure has sprung into action with two recent contract wins. Mid Sussex District Council and Wycombe District Council have both awarded the leisure management specialist 15 year contracts to manage and transform their leisure provision.

The new partnership with Mid Sussex District Council commences on 1 July 2014. The portfolio comprises The Triangle, Kings and Dolphin Leisure Centres, Martlets Hall, Clair Hall, and outdoor facilities at Mount Noddy, Victoria Park Splash Pad and Cuckfield Recreation Ground Paddling Pool. The three leisure centres’ gyms will receive brand new gym equipment and improvements to the layout so that customers have more space to exercise. Kings Centre will receive a major extension. To encourage more children and young people to participate in sport, swimming will be free for under eight year olds.

Mark Fisher, Head of Leisure and Sustainability for Mid Sussex District Council, says: “Places for People Leisure’s bid represented excellent value for money and clearly shows their commitment to improved, sustainable, high quality leisure services for the residents of Mid Sussex.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with Places for People Leisure to ensure their investment in our already excellent facilities makes a real difference and I am particularly pleased with their commitment to getting our young people more active.”

The second partnership with Wycombe District Council will see Places for People Leisure operating a brand new, multi-million pound sports centre in High Wycombe. Opening to the public in Autumn 2015, this state of the art, energy efficient facility will replace the current Wycombe Sports Centre, and will include a 150-station gym, eight lane swimming pool with moveable floor, learner pool, 12 court sports hall, two squash courts, two multi use studios, a climbing wall, health suite and café. Places for People Leisure will also manage Risborough Springs Swim and Fitness Centre, Court Garden Leisure Complex in Marlow, as well as a new 2G synthetic turf pitch at John Hampden Grammar School.

Cllr John Gibbs, Wycombe District Council's Cabinet Member for Community, commented: “Since the 2012 Olympics, we've seen an increase in the number of people wanting to get fitter, have fun and look after their health through exercise. As a council, we believe in giving everyone the opportunity to take part in physical activity, by providing well-run, affordable facilities.

“We're really delighted to have awarded this 15 year contract to Places for People Leisure and are in no doubt that they will be an excellent partner in helping us to improve the district's sport and leisure facilities, as well as being a safe pair of hands in which to place our new, multi-million pound flagship sports centre when it opens next year.”

Robin Knight, Places for People Leisure’s Business Development Manager says: “We are proud to have been selected by both of the Councils to drive their leisure provision forward over the next 15 years, encouraging more people to enjoy an active lifestyle. We will be introducing a range of sporting activities and programmes for all ages and abilities. We look forward to working with both Councils and current operators to achieve a seamless transfer of the facilities.”

The new leisure management contracts run from 01 July 2014 – 30 June 2029.

Places for People Leisure currently partners 30 local authorities, managing over 100 leisure centres across England. Its sites attract over 25 million visits each year and in the past seven years the award winning organisation has built 12 new leisure facilities.  

For more information please visit www.placesforpeopleleisure.org

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