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press release: Places Leisure

Northumberland’s new leisure partnership commences

07 May 2024
Places Leisure will manage 10 leisure facilities for Northumberland County Council / Places Leisure
Northumberland County Council’s new 10-year leisure partnership with social enterprise, Places Leisure, commences from next month, taking on the management of the County’s 10 leisure facilities.

Places Leisure are part of Places for People, one of the largest social enterprises in the UK, dedicated to changing lives by creating and supporting thriving communities. They are amongst the largest leisure operators in the UK, and the winners of the prestigious ‘outstanding operator of the year’ award at the most recent ukactive awards which brings together the best leisure operators in the Country.  Managing a portfolio of over 100 leisure facilities in partnership with local authorities across the UK, Places Leisure teaches over 75,000 children and adults to swim each year and experiences over 30 million visits per annum.

Councillor Jeff Watson, Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives with Northumberland County Council said: “We're delighted to be working with Places Leisure - they're a highly trusted operator with an exemplary reputation and one of the country's leading leisure management contractors.   
 
“Over recent years the County Council has invested well over £100m into its leisure provision to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live in, work in or visit Northumberland.  This includes four brand new leisure centres along with millions more spent refurbishing our other facilities.   
 
“We look forward to continuing this journey with Places Leisure from next month." 

As part of the contract Places Leisure will also take on an Active Communities partnership role, facilitating community-led and community-based activity within the local areas surrounding the centres, to increase access and support for people within the community.

Dan Walker, Business Development Director for Places Leisure explains more, “As a social enterprise we have a genuine commitment to improving people’s lives and the communities they live within, this includes members of the community who are unable to visit their local leisure facilities.

“We are excited to start working with the team and other community groups in partnership with Northumberland County Council to explore areas where we can enhance opportunities, so that more members of the community can enjoy getting active, whether that’s within the centres themselves, or in the wider community.

“As a responsible social enterprise, it’s also important that we look after the people who support our communities, that’s why we are a Real Living Wage employer, and we are pleased to be able to offer this benefit to all of our colleagues in Northumberland.”
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press release: Places Leisure

Northumberland’s new leisure partnership commences

07 May 2024
Places Leisure will manage 10 leisure facilities for Northumberland County Council / Places Leisure
Northumberland County Council’s new 10-year leisure partnership with social enterprise, Places Leisure, commences from next month, taking on the management of the County’s 10 leisure facilities.

Places Leisure are part of Places for People, one of the largest social enterprises in the UK, dedicated to changing lives by creating and supporting thriving communities. They are amongst the largest leisure operators in the UK, and the winners of the prestigious ‘outstanding operator of the year’ award at the most recent ukactive awards which brings together the best leisure operators in the Country.  Managing a portfolio of over 100 leisure facilities in partnership with local authorities across the UK, Places Leisure teaches over 75,000 children and adults to swim each year and experiences over 30 million visits per annum.

Councillor Jeff Watson, Cabinet Member for Healthy Lives with Northumberland County Council said: “We're delighted to be working with Places Leisure - they're a highly trusted operator with an exemplary reputation and one of the country's leading leisure management contractors.   
 
“Over recent years the County Council has invested well over £100m into its leisure provision to improve the health and wellbeing of those who live in, work in or visit Northumberland.  This includes four brand new leisure centres along with millions more spent refurbishing our other facilities.   
 
“We look forward to continuing this journey with Places Leisure from next month." 

As part of the contract Places Leisure will also take on an Active Communities partnership role, facilitating community-led and community-based activity within the local areas surrounding the centres, to increase access and support for people within the community.

Dan Walker, Business Development Director for Places Leisure explains more, “As a social enterprise we have a genuine commitment to improving people’s lives and the communities they live within, this includes members of the community who are unable to visit their local leisure facilities.

“We are excited to start working with the team and other community groups in partnership with Northumberland County Council to explore areas where we can enhance opportunities, so that more members of the community can enjoy getting active, whether that’s within the centres themselves, or in the wider community.

“As a responsible social enterprise, it’s also important that we look after the people who support our communities, that’s why we are a Real Living Wage employer, and we are pleased to be able to offer this benefit to all of our colleagues in Northumberland.”
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A leading leisure centre operator is partnering with a national charity to break down barriers to exercise and sport for blind and partially sighted people.
Graves Health and Sports Centre will be taking part in a groundbreaking new Diabetes and Peripheral Neuropathy study by Sheffield Teaching Hospital, Community Wellness Services and the NHS Foundation Trust set to enhance diabetes care within Sheffield.
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Social enterprise, Places Leisure, which is part of the Places for People Group, has appointed Belinda Steward as MD.
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Address: The Gurney Office, Building Three, Riverside Way, Watchmoor Park, Camberley, Surrey, GU15 3UL, United Kingdom
Paul Nourse, managing director (interim)
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Paul Nourse, managing director (Interim)
Dan Walker, business development director
Tatiana Hagan, finance director
Tom Goodhand, operations director
Chris Payne, healthy communities director
Clare Garcia, people director
Jamie Brown, commercial activities director
Keiron Butcher, IT director
Keith Evens, director of safety and risk
Martin Anderson, projects director
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