Leisure outsourcer asks staff to take 'career break'
A major leisure services provider has come under fire for asking workers to take ‘unpaid career breaks’.
Minister hints at leisure centre support
Further Government support for leisure centres is being looked at following lobbying from councils
Leisure centres under threat, warn councils
Hundreds of leisure facilities are under ‘immediate threat of closure’ due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned ministers.
Call for exercise boom to continue
Paralympian champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a rallying call for the exercise boom to continue after lockdown.
Future-proofing park tennis
The LTA has announced a comprehensive, cost-free offer to councils - a digital platform to help support provision of opportunities for people to pick up a tennis racket and get active, says Scott Lloyd.
Leisure centre closures threaten the drive to boost the nation’s health
Health secretary Matt Hancock does not want to be in the awkward position of calling on better prevention to reduce demand on the NHS just as leisure centres across the land are closing their doors, says Michael Burton.
Councils call for leisure bail out
District councils have called on the Government to bail out cash-strapped leisure centres as they face permanent closure because of lack of income due to the coronavirus shutdown.
Leisure providers at 'crisis point' - LGA
Leisure providers are at a ‘crisis point’ as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, English and Welsh councils have warned.
Sport England call for support amid lockdown
Sport England has pleaded with local authorities to offer financial support to their local leisure trusts amid the coronavirus crisis after facilities were forced to close as part of the Government lockdown.
Plan to tackle £66.8m hike in cost of Birmingham Games scheme
Birmingham City Council is reporting ‘substantial progress’ in the delivery of a regeneration scheme key to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, but that a net cost increase of £66.8m has emerged.
Reading appoints leisure operator on 25-year contract
Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL) has been awarded a contract to operate Reading BC’s leisure services.
Harrogate hands Willmott Dixon £10m leisure build contract
Harrogate BC has awarded a £10m contract to Willmott Dixon to overhaul a leisure centre in Ripon.
Union and social enterprise clash over library strike
A trade union has questioned the treatment of workers by a social enterprise running hundreds of council-owned leisure facilities.
General Election brings uncertainty to improvement plan timetable
Sheila Oxtoby says the General Election calls into question the timetable for starting work on a key project to improve the seafront in Great Yarmouth that would also provide a major year-round boost for the economy.
Planning permission for council sports centre quashed
Elmbridge BC may be forced to demolish its multi-million pound sports hub after a High Court judge ruled it was granted planning permission unlawfully.
Social workers have a key role in helping disabled people get more active
An evaluation of the Get Yourself Active programme, which sought to identify ways to boost participation of disabled people in sport and physical activity, has concluded that social workers have a key role to play, says Leanne Wightman
Pulling leisure out of the deep end
Denbighshire CC is sharing the learning and the success of its commercial approach to leisure provision with the rest of the UK through a £750 million framework, says Jamie Groves
South Cambs bankrolls ice rink following explosive discovery
An extra £550,000 has been invested in a permanent ice rink by South Cambridgeshire DC after buried explosives were discovered during construction.
Fresh goals for Gary
LGA chair Lord Porter has joined the campaign to return one of England’s oldest football clubs to its home ground – but ruled himself out of a sensational ‘Roy of the Rovers’ comeback.
Quit horsing around
Why the long face? For the good people of Western Isles Council, they have been jockeying their way through the courts since 2012.