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Community Leisure UK

Organisation Summary

Business Sector:Charitable Trusts delivering Leisure and Cultural Services

Business Activities:Community Leisure UK members manage a wide range of sporting and community facilities.

Turnover:Members’ combined turnover is circa £1.5bn

Employees:Currently 43% of public leisure provision across England and 85% across Scotland uses the trust model. To date, Community Leisure UK’s 112 members deliver over 3,700 services and facilities, employ over 67,000 staff, and received 233m customer visits in 2017.

Legal structure:Incorporated in 2006 as a members’ association, Community Leisure UK is responsible to its members and an Executive Board. The Executive Board is made up of member trust CEOs or MDs, who are democratically appointed by the membership.

Community Leisure UK

There are two core strands to Community Leisure UK’s work. First, providing a nationwide platform enabling members to meet peers and access strategic partners to find best practice solutions to common problems and recommendations to tackle future industry developments. Secondly, using the power of the collective membership to represent, reach, influence and promote the charitable trust model benefits at a national level, to inform policy and increase understanding of the trust model.

Community Leisure UK members manage facilities including: swimming pools, libraries, museums, pitches, gyms, ice arenas, beach fronts, parks, heritage buildings and children’s centres. Importantly, members deliver vital community services such as exercise or books on prescription, short breaks for disabled children, adult social care support programmes, walking programmes, internet access courses, apprenticeships and training, and sports participation programmes.

Community Leisure UK is the trading name of SPORTA (the Sport and Recreation Trusts Association).

E3M Member

Community Leisure UK

Name:Stuart Lockwood

Title :Chief Executive of Oldham Community Leisure and Chair of Community Leisure UK

With over 25 years’ experience of Management roles within the industry, Stuart has worked across the North of England for various Councils, Trusts and Private Sector contractors. He has held the role of Chief Executive at Oldham Community Leisure for over five years and has been Chair of Community Leisure UK (formerly known as Sporta), the members association for Leisure and Cultural Trusts, for almost two years. He is a keen advocate of the Trust model, citing the cross-subsidy, charitable purpose along with the flexibility to be innovative and customer-focussed as the ideal vehicle to deliver health outcomes and a high quality service for Council Commissioners.