Grant Secured to Protect Leisure Services

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Leisure services in North East Lincolnshire have secured a financial lifeline, following a joint bid by North East Lincolnshire Council and Lincs Inspire Limited, which successfully secured £397,000 of Government public leisure grant funding.

Over 250 local authorities across England will benefit from the Government’s National Leisure Recovery Fund, which was set up as a result of the pandemic to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms. It follows the Prime Minister’s ambition to ‘building back fitter’ from the coronavirus pandemic.

North East Lincolnshire’s public leisure facilities are managed by Lincs Inspire Limited, a charitable trust and non-profit making organisation.

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This funding is crucial in helping to re-build the area’s public leisure services.

Sports has a huge impact on improving physical and mental health, so it’s hugely important that our leisure facilities are available for local people to get back to the activities they have missed and to also to help local people recover from the pandemic.

Sharon Wroot, Executive Director for Environment, Economy and Resources at North East Lincolnshire Council

Sue Wells, chief executive Lincs Inspire, said: “We are incredibly grateful for the Government in making these funds available via local authorities and for the excellent partnership working with North East Lincolnshire Council that enabled the funding to be secured.

“Leisure centres play a vital role in helping people to be active and help them build immunity to fight infection. This grant helps us to reopen and rebuild, enabling us to encourage local people to return to the sports and exercise they enjoy and importantly this also helps us to continue to support the local economy and our workforce.

“As a charitable trust, our leisure activities and facilities are diverse and inclusive of our communities and there is something on offer for everyone. We remove barriers to encourage active involvement, support personal development and bring people together to socialise, build friendships and improve their physical and mental wellbeing.

“We are determined to get through these challenging times and to welcome back existing customers and hopefully encourage some new ones too.”

As announced in the Government’s roadmap, leisure centres and gyms will be part of the Step Two reopening. Lincs Inspire’s plans for reopening are all subject to government confirmation, but it is hoped that from Monday, April 12, public swimming sessions and gyms will be available for individual socially distanced use, and from Monday, May 17, indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will be permitted to resume.

View further information about Lincs Inspire’s leisure centre reopening plans. All subscription members will receive an email as soon as reopening dates are confirmed.