Leisure Management 2016 review

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SELBY SUMMIT Location: Selby, North Yorkshire Total cost: £5.2m Build cost: £4.3m Fitting out of facilities: £900,000 Principal contractor: ISG Operator: Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles Owner: Selby District Council Developer: Alliance Leisure FACILITIES

future OF

Six-lane 10 pin bowling

20 climbing walls

Aerial trekking ropes

Adventure play zone

Indoor skate and BMX park

Outdoor skate park

Café and restaurant

l e i s u r e? The opening of Selby Summit could spell a new era for

publicly-owned leisure centres. Tom Walker investigates


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hat makes the Selby project unique is that it’s the first public sector leisure facility which has no traditional sport within it,” says Sarah Watts, CEO of Alliance Leisure. “It’s what Sport England’s new strategy calls for – a focus on activities, rather than simply sport.” Watts is describing the £5.2m Selby Summit Indoor Adventure in North Yorkshire – a next generation leisure centre developed by Alliance Leisure. Launched this year, the facility is owned by Selby District Council and operated by Wigan-based leisure trust Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles (IHL). The centre’s facilities are unusual for a public

Sarah Watts, Alliance Leisure

leisure centre: no swimming pools or sports courts, but instead a six-lane 10 pin bowling facility, 20 climbing walls designed for a wide range of abilities, aerial trekking ropes, an indoor skate and BMX park and an adventure play zone. There is also a Summit Ski centre – consisting of two indoor simulators, with their own mini slopes. An outdoor © cybertrek 2016

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