New era for leisure cen­tres

Royal Bor­ough: Mem­ber­ships will con­tinue, with no change to cur­rent terms

Windsor & Eton Express - - News & Family Announceme­nts - By Adrian Wil­liams adri­anw@baylis­me­dia.co.uk @Adri­anW_BM

A new char­i­ta­ble trust has been set up to run the bor­ough’s leisure cen­tres, re­plac­ing Legacy.

Legacy Leisure cur­rently op­er­ates The Mag­net, Cox Green, Wind­sor and

Char­ters leisure cen­tres within the Royal Bor­ough.

Now a new trust, Leisure Fo­cus, has been cre­ated to run the leisure cen­tres, tak­ing con­trol of the bor­ough’s sites from Au­gust 1.

Due to the fi­nan­cial im­pact of the COVID-19 pan­demic, all par­ties agreed it was in the best in­ter­ests of cus­tomers, staff and the wider com­mu­nity to trans­fer the op­er­a­tion.

Rus­sell O’Keefe, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of place for the

Royal Bor­ough and trus­tee of Leisure Fo­cus, said:

“The trust is run by lo­cal peo­ple who are pas­sion­ate about the lo­cal leisure fa­cil­i­ties.

“We can­not wait to re-open [leisure ser­vices] and en­cour­age ev­ery­one to visit the sites and sup­port your lo­cal cen­tres.”

Cllr Sa­man­tha Rayner, (Con, Eton and Cas­tle), cabi­net mem­ber for leisure, said: “Our pri­or­ity as a coun­cil is to main­tain the pro­vi­sion of leisure fa­cil­i­ties in the area, es­pe­cially at a time when health and well­ness has never been more im­por tant.

“The COVID-19 global pan­demic has brought about un­prece­dented chal­lenges for us all and we’re sad to be bring­ing our part­ner­ship with Legacy to an end.

“We’d like to thank them for their ef­forts over the last five years in help­ing us mo­ti­vate our com­mu­nity to be­come hap­pier and health­ier and look for­ward to this new era un­der Leisure Fo­cus.”

All mem­bers who are cur­rently with Legacy Leisure will trans­fer to the new char­i­ta­ble trust and mem­ber­ships will con­tinue, with no change to cur­rent terms and con­di­tions.

On Satur­day, Au­gust 1, all leisure cen­tres in the bor­ough will move over to the new trust. They are

Wind­sor Leisure Cen­tre, Mag­net Leisure Cen­tre, Cox Green Leisure Cen­tre, Furze Platt Leisure Cen­tre, Char­ters Leisure Cen­tre and Bray­wick Leisure Cen­tre.

Wind­sor Leisure Cen­tre is one of the cen­tres to be overseen by new trust Leisure Fo­cus. Ref:132694-2

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