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South Kesteven District Council ends leisure centre contract with 1Life

South Kesteven District Council is bringing the management and operation of its four leisure centres in-house.

This is part of their plan to have greater flexibility on how the facilities are managed and potentially accelerate the council’s leisure improvements programme.

Under the proposals all staff employed at the centres will transfer on their existing pay and conditions to a new, council-owned company called LeisureSK.

Grantham's Meres Leisure Centre swimming pool will reopen on September 1. (22906592)
Grantham's Meres Leisure Centre swimming pool will reopen on September 1. (22906592)

The council’s contract with management company 1Life - which currently operates the centres at Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Deepings - is due to end in the New Year.

Leader of SKDC, Councillor Kelham Cooke, said: “Leisure services play a key role in helping to maintain the physical and mental wellbeing of our residents.

"We have embarked on a leisure improvement programme that will support this and the new arrangement will give us full control over it.

“In addition, the formation of a new company for the council means the service will have the backing and support of a major employer, experienced in delivering a wide range of services.

"The transfer of existing staff at the leisure centres to LeisureSK will mean that the company retains their knowledge and expertise.”

Moving the operation to LeisureSK provides a short to medium-term solution while the council reviews how sport and leisure should be provided district-wide.

The council is currently undertaking feasibility work on providing a new leisure centre for the Deepings and is also looking to make major improvements to its other leisure facilities.

Coun Barry Dobson, SKDC’s deputy leader and cabinet member for growth and leisure, said: “We have had a long and successful partnership with 1Life but with our current contract due to end in the New Year, this is an appropriate time for a change.

“As a council we are committed to investing in and developing our leisure facilities, which will have a positive impact on the wellbeing of residents by helping them to be active and stay healthy.”

All leisure centre memberships and bookings will remain in place and the centres will continue to operate within Covid-19 guidelines.

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