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Leisure Centres are secure for the future

Published Thursday, 01 April 2010

This week Enfield Council secured the future for Enfield’s leisure centres announcing a new operator and an £8.9m investment in facilities.

Following a comprehensive procurement exercise that thoroughly tested the bidders' value for money, quality and future operational plans, the Council awarded the contract to run all its leisure centres to Fusion Lifestyle for the next 20 years.

Rob Leak, Enfield Council's chief executive, said: "We were clear that we wanted an operator that would further improve the quality of our leisure centres and the services they offer, increase participation and continue to reduce the costs of the service.

"Fusion's bid delivers real value for money for Enfield's residents, ensuring the appropriate balance between cost and quality.  We will also see £8.9m invested into improving the quality of our facilities at Albany, Southgate, Southbury and Edmonton Leisure Centres.

"With just two years to go before the London Olympics, this investment in sport and leisure activities, alongside Lea Valley Athletics Centre and the newly refurbished QEII stadium, will ensure Enfield's residents are well placed to have a lasting legacy for many years to come."

It is anticipated that Fusion Lifestyle will take over operations at Enfield's leisure centres from the beginning of July 2010 with the major investments at Southgate and Albany happening over the next three years. Southgate's pool will be developed and there will be a new layout to the gym area, and Albany will have a refurbished and extended gym.

Peter Kay from Fusion Lifestyle said: "We at Fusion are delighted to have been selected to work in partnership with Enfield Council to manage Enfield's leisure facilities.  As a registered charity, we are committed to providing high quality sport and active leisure services that meet the needs of the local community. 

"We look forward to delivering exciting developments and great service over the next few years".

Fusion Lifestyle has been established since 2000 and now operates 45 locations in London and the South East for recreational sport, health and fitness activities for local communities.

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