Reviewing our leisure services

On Tuesday 5 December, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet agreed that the management of two of its leisure centres will be outsourced to Freedom Leisure 1 February 2018. 

Lichfield District Council’s work to outsource the management of Burntwood Leisure Centre and Friary Grange Leisure Centre took a big step forward at a meeting of its Cabinet on Tuesday 5 December. Councillors agreed that the management of the two leisure centres will transfer to Freedom Leisure to operate on 1 February 2018.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: “We’re delighted that the work to transfer two of our leisure centres to Freedom Leisure is progressing well and is on schedule. We’re also grateful to all our fantastic staff who are helping us to achieve the transfer so smoothly.

“Outsourcing the management of our leisure centres will help us to use our resources effectively, while providing the best possible services for local people.

“Where Freedom has taken over the operation of leisure centres in other areas of the country, such as Wrexham and Arun, participation levels have gone up, significant investment into the facilities has taken place, and local communities have responded well to the wider opportunities to live healthier, more active lifestyles, and to make the most of their leisure time.”

Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust that manages leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK, delivering high quality, locally-focused services, and are committed to their ongoing development.

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, said: “We are pleased the transfer is moving forward as planned and we are looking forward to taking on the running of the two centres in February, as well as leading a programme of improvements to boost facilities and activities offered.

“We have enjoyed meeting the teams at the centres in the run up to the hand over and we are looking forward to working with them to further shape and develop the high quality services and facilities they offer to the local community. 

“We hope that our operational expertise, coupled with our local approach, will mean that the services will go from strength-to-strength in support of the objectives we share with the council.”

  • The Friary School’s use of Friary Grange Leisure Centre will be unaffected by the outsourcing process.
  • The leisure centres will remain open throughout the period of transition and classes and memberships will remain the same during this transitional period.
  • Lichfield District Council is also set to hand King Edward IV Leisure Centre to Staffordshire County Council for the school to manage. The leisure centre will close to the public for the festive period and the handover process on Sunday 17 December 2017. Following the Christmas break, King Edward VI School will reopen the leisure centre on Monday 8 January 2018 as part of its school facilities, which will be available to local clubs to use on a lettings basis.

We'll update this page through the leisure outsourcing process.

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