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LGA: UK's public leisure centres facing 'crisis point'

Leisure centre operators are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The LGA has written to culture secretary Oliver Dowden, urging the government to ensure leisure trusts are given access to the new £750m grant-based package earmarked for the charity and social enterprise sector.

In the letter, LGA says councils are already working hard to support leisure providers and facilities during the COVID-19 lockdown, by introducing a range of emergency measures. These include relaxing performance requirements, advance payments, waiving management fees and offering financial support.

According to the LGA, however, in some cases, the support at local authority level isn't enough.

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure trusts, who are charities, societies or community interest companies," said Gerald Vernon-Jackson, chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board.

“Leisure facilities provide an affordable space for our communities to exercise and socialise with family and friends. They play a key role in improving our communities’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“If we do not act to save these vital community resources, it will cost us much more in the long-term both socially and economically. It is vital that the government works with councils and leisure providers to identify any potential funding to avoid reaching a crisis point.”

Local authorities are responsible for around a third of the UK's swimming pools, almost 20 per cent of health and fitness facilities and 31 per cent of grass pitches.

Earlier this month, the LGA published a comprehensive guide, titled Options for councils in supporting leisure providers through COVID-19, which outlines a number of measures local councils can introduce to assist leisure contractors and operators.

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LGA: UK's public leisure centres facing 'crisis point'

Leisure centre operators are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The LGA has written to culture secretary Oliver Dowden, urging the government to ensure leisure trusts are given access to the new £750m grant-based package earmarked for the charity and social enterprise sector.

In the letter, LGA says councils are already working hard to support leisure providers and facilities during the COVID-19 lockdown, by introducing a range of emergency measures. These include relaxing performance requirements, advance payments, waiving management fees and offering financial support.

According to the LGA, however, in some cases, the support at local authority level isn't enough.

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure trusts, who are charities, societies or community interest companies," said Gerald Vernon-Jackson, chair of the LGA’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board.

“Leisure facilities provide an affordable space for our communities to exercise and socialise with family and friends. They play a key role in improving our communities’ physical and mental wellbeing.

“If we do not act to save these vital community resources, it will cost us much more in the long-term both socially and economically. It is vital that the government works with councils and leisure providers to identify any potential funding to avoid reaching a crisis point.”

Local authorities are responsible for around a third of the UK's swimming pools, almost 20 per cent of health and fitness facilities and 31 per cent of grass pitches.

Earlier this month, the LGA published a comprehensive guide, titled Options for councils in supporting leisure providers through COVID-19, which outlines a number of measures local councils can introduce to assist leisure contractors and operators.

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What should staff do if they come across people coughing or not obeying the rules? What if their job has changed? For example, do first aiders know the COVID-19 changes to CPR rules?
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Statistics
More than 65,000 people responded to a survey designed to gauge what members want and expect from the sector after lockdown, as Leisure-net’s Dave Monkhouse reports
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Opinion
The over-70s were treated as one homogenous group during the lockdown and advised to shield. Colin Milner, founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging says this is leading to an increase in ageism that the industry must fight to overcome
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The fitness industry has shown incredible flexibility during lockdown, pivoting to digital to keep people active. But as lockdowns end, we ask what impact the pandemic will have on facility provision
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Working with Precor, Aberdeen Sports Village has undergone a £500k overhaul to strengthen the user experience and put digital connectivity at the core of its offering
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Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
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Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
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