About Kirklees Active Leisure

Just to clarify, here is the page from their own website for those members who may be confused :-

ABOUT KIRKLEES ACTIVE LEISURE

Kirklees Active Leisure is the newly formed charitable trust responsible for the management, operation and development of 10 sports centres and swimming pools in Kirklees. The trust also manages the Stadium Health & Fitness Club and Spenborough Athletics Track.

What is the Aim of Kirklees Active Leisure?

Kirklees Active Leisure aims to: get “more people, more active, more often, in Kirklees.” and provide opportunities for affordable sport, leisure and recreational activities for local people.

When was it Formed?

The Trust gained Charitable Status on 21st March 2002, and formally came into being on 1st April 2002. Although a completely independent body making its own decisions at meetings of the Board of Trustees, the Council and the Trust are working together in partnership.

The Trust is responsible to an eight member board comprised of local people and chaired by David Heddon, former Regional Director of Sport England. The Trust and the Council have signed a Statement of Understanding which summarises mutual and common aims which are intended to improve the service and the facilities, whilst at the same time meet the needs and aspirations of the community of Kirklees as a whole. The agreement with the Trust ensures that charges to customers will be affordable.

Why Was it Formed?

Following a detailed review of the provision of sport and leisure facilities throughout the district, wide consultation with users and non users, and a Best Value Review, the Council determined to enter into a Trust arrangement for its Leisure Management Activity. The review identified the need to invest substantial amounts of capital funding to address the decline in the structural condition of the buildings.

This issue is not unique to Kirklees; it is a problem which is coming to the surface across the country. There is a high demand and usage of these facilities, particularly those providing for swimming and pay and play. The review also recognised that the community wanted facilities in good condition within reasonable distance of the population concentrations in Kirklees.

Kirklees Active Leisure Strategic Objectives

The Trust will focus on its activities on:
– providing the communities of Kirklees with access to affordable sport and leisure activities.
– ensuring that all residents have access to opportunities for leisure that will contribute to the health and well being of the community.
– achieving a community with a good environment and more sustainable way of life.
– providing opportunities for communities and individuals for skill development, educational attainment and qualifications, social development and confidence building.
– consultation, monitoring and review of improvements to services.
– raising profile and awareness of the Trust and its activities.
– sound commercial basis in which to operate.

What are the Benefits?

An independent survey established the need to spend around £20m over the next 25 years to repair and maintain the sports centres and swimming pools to meet customers expectations. As an independent charitable trust, Kirklees Active Leisure can benefit from rate relief and VAT concessions amounting to £500k per year. This, when added to the capital investment by the Council, should allow £6m over the next four or five years to address the repairs schedule and to maintain facilities in their restored condition for the foreseeable future.

The Trust arrangement will also allow for the independent body to access funds or partnership arrangements which may allow for other developments and improvements which would not be available to the Council.

One Response to “About Kirklees Active Leisure”

  1. That’s strange; and there was me thnking they were a bunch of interferring, meddling busy-bodies who wanted to get the Swimming Club thrown out.
    Some of the evidence for that is here
    http://wombleontour.blogspot.com/2007/08/kirklees-council-are-at-it-again.html