Westminster City Council today announced that SLM (Sport and Leisure Management) will take over the management of Westminster Sports Centres from 1 July 2016. The 10-year contract is to manage the council’s eight sport and leisure centres.
SLM is the longest established leisure contractor in the UK. The company, which is known to consumers as Everyone Active, manages 140 leisure and cultural facilities across the UK including partnership contracts with 40 local authorities.
The company will manage Jubilee, Little Venice, Marshall Street, Paddington Recreation Ground, Porchester Centre, Queen Mother and Seymour Sports Centres. It will also take over the management of Moberly Sports Centre when it reopens in Spring 2018 following a £26 million investment in its redevelopment.
As part of the new contract, SLM will invest £9 million in facilities and equipment including improved health and fitness facilities, upgraded changing rooms, refurbished health suites and new cycle stands. Hot yoga will be introduced at Queen Mother, Seymour, Porchester and Marshall Street Leisure Centres.
SLM will also offer 130 hours of free sport and physical activity programmes every week in community locations outside of sports centres.
The new contractor will launch new gymnastic, badminton, netball, football and trampolining programmes and intensive swimming courses for those learning to swim.
Talented young athletes will also benefit from additional financial support and mentoring through the councils Champion of the Future scheme and there will be 10 new apprenticeships for local residents.
Rio 2016 Team GB gymnast, Max Whitlock, said: "Having access to top class facilities, programming and coaching is vital not only to the increasing sports participation from grass roots level but to improving the health of the nation. As someone who uses an Everyone Active managed centre, I know the investment in Westminster leisure centres will play a big part in making activity even more accessible to all, helping the community get active and find a sport they love."
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Sport and Leisure, said: “Helping people to stay fit and healthy is a priority for the council. We look forward to working with SLM to help more people take part in sport and physical activity than ever before. By moving our offer beyond sports centres and into local parks, community centres and open spaces, we are confident of reaching even more people who are new to physical activity or who want a different offering. We also hope to help even more Champions of the Future achieve their full potential and follow in the footsteps of our two Rio 2016 hopefuls, Ashley McKenzie and Constantine Louloudis.”
David Bibby, SLM Ltd’s Managing Director, said: “We are thrilled to be appointed as the chosen operator and to be working in partnership with Westminster City Council to further enhance leisure facilities in the area. Everyone Active is committed to engaging with local communities to help more people to be active and live a healthier lifestyle. Our focus is now on managing the centres to the highest standard when we take over operation, and offering first class programming, activities and facilities for people of all ages and abilities and encouraging the community to be active both inside and outside of the facilities we manage.”