Taking on leisure's crisis

Shaun Dawson shares what he and his teams have learned from the challenge of launching the £30m Lee Valley Ice Centre in East London, including the need to embrace private sector involvement.

Britain's public leisure sector is teetering. Venues are closing, leisure trusts are failing and three quarters of local authorities fear that leisure facilities in their area are at risk.

This alarming predicament is a result of longstanding funding challenges that have plagued non- statutory sport and leisure centres for years, affecting maintenance, modernisation and now the high up-front costs associated with decarbonising facilities.

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