Commenting on the funding, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, hailed the importance of swimming pools to local communities.
“Soaring bills are hitting us all hard, and community pools have been thrown in the deep end. I know they are loved by millions of people,” he said. “This vital lifeline will keep them afloat.”
We know the rising cost of energy, along with chemical shortages and staff retention have created a challenging landscape for the public leisure sector.
We’ve been able to track this in real time through our Moving Communities service alongside participation data across different activities to understand the wider social value generated from activity in these vital community facilities.
Efforts from local authorities and their service providers in sharing this data have been integral to the funding decision and created a positive step change that can continue to show the impact of these centres moving forward.
In order to build a sustainable sector, we've worked with key stakeholders in the industry to produce the future of public sector leisure report.
The report provides an overview of the current landscape and outlines a model direction of travel that will enable the sector to create a more sustainable future.
More information on how local authorities can apply for funding and detailed eligibility criteria will be made available in due course.