LGA responds to DCN leisure facilities survey

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure facilities which provide thousands of people and families with access to affordable gyms, swimming pools and exercise opportunities they would otherwise not have."


Swimming pool

Responding to the District Councils’ Network survey which found some leisure centres may never re-open, Cllr Gerald Vernon-Jackson, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Culture, Tourism and Sport Board, said:

“Councils are deeply concerned about the future of leisure facilities which provide thousands of people and families with access to affordable gyms, swimming pools and exercise opportunities they would otherwise not have.

“Research prior to the pandemic showed that lack of funding means nearly two thirds of leisure facilities are more than 10 years old and require refurbishment.

“With the coronavirus crisis set to worsen the future outlook of leisure facilities and many older properties at immediate risk of closure, this will have a negative impact on the population’s mental and physical health.

“As we look ahead to rebuilding the nation, local leisure facilities will play a vital role in ensuring our communities remain healthy.

“We look forward to working with the Government and leisure providers to identify funding to avoid reaching a crisis point.”