Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 13419)           
UK only International

Leisure centres to share £100m government funding

By Tom Walker    23 Mar 2021
Public leisure centres and health clubs will be able to open their doors on 12 April / Shutterstock/Standret

A total of £100m has been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and health clubs.

Facilities have received grants from the National Leisure Recovery Fund, launched in December 2020 to provide a funding platform for the public leisure sector to successfully reopen.

Funded by the Government and managed by Sport England, the funding is part of the government's ‘building back fitter’ initiative and will aim facilities prepare for reopening on 12 April.

Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston said: "We know that Local Authorities have faced significant financial pressure as a result of the pandemic so this £100m for leisure will be vital in helping them recover.

"Communities across England rely on their local leisure centre or gym to help them keep fit and healthy and this funding will assist those public facilities to make ends meet."

Huddleston added that the £100m is in addition to grassroots sports and the physical activity sector benefiting from £270m in emergency funding delivered by Sport England.

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, said: "Leisure facilities have a vital role to play in supporting the health of the nation and in particular in serving our more disadvantaged communities.

"They have been hit especially hard over the past year, so this investment is crucial and will help thousands to reopen when it becomes possible to do so – supporting the recovery and helping people get back to the activity they have badly missed.

"Sport England has worked at pace to enable the distribution of the investment to happen as quickly as possible and remains committed to doing what we can to continue to support this crucial part of our sector."

To see a full list the local authorities in receipt of National Leisure Recovery Funds, click here.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “We welcome the quick distribution of this December 2020-announced government funding by Sport England, and support the work of local authorities to ensure it gets to facilities as quickly as possible to aid their financial recovery.

“However, this recovery fund was originally agreed to help reopening facilities at the start of 2021, yet the third lockdown has once again seen the closure of gyms, pools, and leisure centres.

“As a result, the urgent need remains for greater financial support from the Government for these essential facilities in order to support ensure their survival and recovery.

“The recent Budget statement fell short in this regard, failing both to provide crucial additional funding for the National Leisure Recovery Fund, and also omitting gyms from the temporarily reduced rate in VAT.

“Looking forward, failure to provide greater financial support for gyms, pools, and leisure centres puts a significant number at risk of closure, subsequently depriving communities across the country of essential facilities that can support their physical, mental and social wellbeing. We’ll continue to work with the Government and look to ensure this is urgently addressed.”

The news comes as a Work Out to Help Out scheme, designed to offer subsidised access to public and private sector health clubs and leisure centres across the country, was rejected by minister Nigel Huddleston.

Nigel Huddleston  Tim Hollingsworth  National Leisure Recovery Fund 
Sign up for FREE ezines
Related news
Sports jobs

Duty Manager (Dry)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Slough, UK

CEO

Moray Sports Foundation
Salary: Package circa £60k
Location: Elgin, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Chesham, UK

Lifeguards

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Lutterworth, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Lutterworth, UK

Fitness and Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Yateley, UK

Membership Consultant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary plus benefits
Location: Fleet, UK

Sports Community / Contract manager

LeisureForce
Salary: IRO £3,500+ per month
Location: Saudi Arabia

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Cheltenham, UK
recruiting with sports management

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Uttoxeter, UK

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Rickmansworth, UK

Attendant

Actif Sport and Leisure
Salary: £19,312* - £20,092* *pro rata
Location: Carmarthen, UK

Lifeguards

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Cirencester

Gymnastics Coach

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Carshalton

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Cirencester

Lifeguards

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Alton
recruiting with sports management

Team leaders (Wet)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Alton

Team leaders (Wet)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary, excellent benefits
Location: Alton

Duty Manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Wellington, UK

Duty Manager (Dry)

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Alcester, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Bedminster, Bristol, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Bristol, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Bristol, UK
training with sports management

Operations manager

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Aylesbury, UK

Lifeguards

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Bracknell, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Alton, UK

Assistant Manager

NRG Gym Ltd
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stretford, Manchester, UK

Associate Director of Sport

Lancaster University
Salary: Competitive
Location: Lancaster, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Swimming teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Location: Buckingham, UK
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  recreation assistant jobs  apprenticeships jobs  personal trainer jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  duty manager jobs  assistant manager jobs  general manager jobs  assistant general manager jobs  Customer Services Advisor jobs  Catering Assistant jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Art of Cryo
Art of cryo, the premium cryotherapy chamber manufacturer, offers its customers offers its customers a complete, reliable and effective solution for operators and results for guests. Experts in whole-body cryo solutions including cryo chambers, whole body cryo treatment software, certified courses to become a “whole body cryo operator” and “whole body cryo expert” and a monthly newsletter highlighting new studies. Imagine: in just seconds, you could be on your way to a clear mind.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Physical Company Ltd
Physical Company provides specialist fitness solutions. This includes equipment, flooring, gym design, programming and training to individuals and organisations across the UK and Europe.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Red Light Rising teams up with ITRM Clinic to supply red light therapy for injured athletes
Red light therapy equipment supplier, Red Light Rising, has partnered with Aidan Robinson of ITRM Clinic in the UK
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: Hillingdon
Company: Hillingdon Borough Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
More diary dates