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School to take over management of King Edward VI Leisure Centre in Lichfield

The management of King Edward VI Leisure Centre is to be outsourced.

Lichfield District Council first announced its intention to withdraw from the lease of King Edward VI Leisure Centre in 2016, but since then discussions have been taking place over what the future of the site would be.

Now King Edward VI School has agreed to take on the management of the facility from January 8, 2018.

King Edward VI Leisure Centre

King Edward VI Leisure Centre

The leisure centre will close to the public on December 17, with groups able to utilise the facilities on a lettings basis in the new year.

Jane Rutherford, head teacher at King Edward VI School, said: “From January, King Edward VI Leisure Centre and the synthetic football pitch will be available for club hire, from Monday to Friday throughout the year with the possibility of weekend use longer term where viable.

“In partnership with the district council, we are writing to all existing club users to explain that their current contracts will be honoured, and we look forward to seeing them in the new year.”

Pay and play facilities will no longer be available following the transfer, although current customers are being invited to discuss possible use on a contract basis with the school.

The move comes in the wake of Lichfield District Council’s decision to outsource the management of The Friary Leisure Centre and Burntwood Leisure to an outside company.

Cllr Iain Eadie

Cllr Iain Eadie

Cllr Iain Eadie, Cabinet member for leisure, said: “It was a difficult decision to withdraw from King Edward VI Leisure Centre, however, we’re pleased the team at King Edward VI School and the county council will make it available for community use through club hire following the handover.

“We were proud to refurbish the centre’s synthetic football pitch and launch it earlier this year, which we know is important to sports clubs and we are pleased they will continue to get the use of this fantastic facility.

“We’re working in partnership with the school and county council to support the handover, and we’re confident the team at the school will do a great job making the centre available to local clubs from 2018.”

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1 Comment

  1. John Griffin

    13th November, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    Beginning of the end for less-well-heeled leisure use across the district or new dawn? Well they can’t lower wages more., but then deliberate defunding always works well.

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