Plans to transfer management of the Southwell Leisure Center have been approved under a partnership agreement to protect the city’s leisure activities.

It is being transferred from the Southwell Leisure Center Trust to the Newark and Sherwood District Council’s Active4Today leisure company.

This step was, in principle, unanimously adopted by the members of the Council’s Leisure and Environment Committee.

Southwell Leisure Center. Photo: Google (45378745)

Paul Handley, Chairman of the Southwell Leisure Center Trust, said, “The pandemic has been a very difficult time and the staff have been great.

“The trustees thank the customers for their support and the commitment of the management.

“This exciting next phase for Southwell Leisure Center will ensure the long-term delivery of high quality health and wellness facilities to the people of Southwell and the surrounding area.”

Roger Jackson, Chair of the Recreation and Environment Committee, said: “The recreational sector has been hard hit by the pandemic, but we are determined that it recovers as soon as possible to ensure our residents have access to quality facilities.

“We have a positive relationship with the Southwell Leisure Center Trust and I look forward to continuing this partnership and ensuring that the facility can be used across generations to promote the health and wellbeing of everyone in the area now and in the future to improve the future.

“The residents of Southwell make up nearly 10% of the district’s total population. It is more important than ever for our residents to adopt healthier and more active lifestyles.

“Members will continue to enjoy the same facilities with the same service from the same fantastic staff.”

The Southwell Leisure Center opened in 1965 with just a stand-alone 25-meter pool.

Supported by significant investments by the district council, the facility has grown into a comprehensive leisure center that includes squash courts, a sports hall, studio, fitness room and changing rooms.

The transfer of management is subject to the financial arrangements approved by the Council’s Political and Financial Committee next week.

Trust employees are being transferred to Active4Today under a TUPE agreement to ensure continuity as the center prepares to reopen and the leisure sector recovers from the effects of numerous lockdowns.