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DELIVERY PARTNERS HCM talks to policy makers, operators and decision-makers about the public sector and trust response to the pandemic

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o say it’s been a difficult year for local authority leisure trusts is an understatement; with many struggling to juggle the financial and logistical challenges of two lockdowns with the expectation of providing their community with health and wellbeing programmes. In fact, a recent report from the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sports and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) found that, without meaningful financial support, almost half (48 per cent) of public leisure facilities could close by the end of 2020, resulting in the loss of 300,000 jobs. Despite this, some community leisure trusts have found the positives in this pandemic. HCM talks to organisations making powerful strides.

“It’s vital we keep ourselves fighting fit through the winter months and gyms and leisure centres are crucial to this” Delivering against needs Steven Scales

Client services director ukactive

The government’s £100m fund to support local authorities will help to keep more leisure centres open and we hope this grant is a turning point in the government’s long-term support for local facilities, as the pandemic has made us stop and think about what our sector means in a broad sense.

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In order for public facilities to bounce back properly, we need collaboration with the government and private sector, so we can deliver against society’s needs, reduce inequalities and increase activity. Our sector can save lives and, ultimately, can save the government billions of pounds. As the culture minister said, “It’s vital we keep ourselves fighting fit through the winter months and gyms and leisure centres are crucial to this,” and we look forward to working with government and partners to establish further support for the wider gym and leisure sector.

Fusion reports 10,000 families have taken part in special swimming sessions

Profile for Leisure Media

HCM November 2020  

HCM November 2020