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Recovery funding for leisure centres

Several leisure centres in Hampshire have been successful in bids to the National Leisure Recovery Fund (NLRF).

The fund was established to support eligible public sector leisure services to reopen to the public and to give the sport and physical activity sector the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium term.

Southampton City Council has been awarded more than £610,000 of funding.

The NLRF funding will help to support activities at The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex, Bitterne Leisure Centre and Chamberlayne Leisure Centre as well as at the Outdoor Sports Centre which are all managed in partnership with national charity Active Nation.

In addition, the council will use the NLRF funding to ensure that activities are available to the community at St Mary’s Leisure Centre such as squash, badminton, shoot the hoops, five-a-side football, volleyball, massage room and other activities as determined and led by customer and community demand.

Leisure centres in Havant and Waterlooville will receive more than £265,000 of funding secured by Havant Borough Council.

Both centres re-opened on Monday 12th April, with gyms, pools, swim school, crèche, gymnastics, pre-school bounce and gym tots re-starting.

Claire Hughes, Client Relationship Director for Havant Borough Council, said: “With leisure centres closed for significant periods in the last year, income has dramatically fallen across the leisure, sport and health fitness sectors across the country, including here in Havant. This funding, secured by Havant Borough Council, will give our local leisure centres the head start they need now they have opened again.”

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