Welcome to Freedom Leisure

March 31 2021

hello!

The team at Freedom Leisure is delighted to say a BIG HELLO to all residents of Yeovil & Wincanton! We will be working in partnership with South Somerset District Council for the next 15 years to operate your local leisure facilities on their behalf.

For those of you currently using; Goldenstones Leisure Centre, Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre and Wincanton Sports Centre,  we are really looking forward to supporting your health, fitness and sporting journey.

For those of you who may be reading this but do not currently use any of the centres – we would like to offer you a warm welcome to come along and meet the team.

We have been asked to manage your facilities from 1 April 2021, and we are really looking forward to working with the current staff team, that are transferring to us, to build upon the services and facilities. In line with the current Government roadmap, all three centres will open on 12 April.

Who are freedomleisure?

Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust which manages leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK.

We are already operate a number of centres across the South and West of England, with our closest centres to South Somerset being the Forest of Dean in Gloucestershire, and from July 2021 – the New Forest in Hampshire. We are extremely proud to deliver high quality, locally-focussed services and are committed to their ongoing development.

As we are not-for-profit with no shareholders, all surplus is reinvested to deliver on the objectives we share with our partners. So by being a member and customer of your local Freedom Leisure centre rather than a private health club, the fees you pay go towards helping to support projects, improvements and the services you receive.

We stand by our motto which is “Where You Matter”. Our primary objective is to enable our customers to make the most of their leisure time, to be a fun and rewarding place for our staff to work and to support our partners with the provision of great community facilities.

What now?

It is not the Freedom Leisure way to start a new contract and change everything to ‘the way we do things'. We understand that one size doesn’t fit all. Instead we will work with the transferring team members to continue their good work, whilst developing and improving where we can.

Centre contact details

The telephone numbers at all three centres will remain the same from the 1 April 2021 – so no change there! However, the centre email addresses will change. Here are the updated details for each centre:

 

Goldenstones Leisure Centre

Tel: 01935 845888

Email: goldenstones@freedom-leisure.co.uk

 

Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre

Tel: 01935 314652

Email: westlands@freedom-leisure.co.uk

 

Wincanton Sports Centre

Tel: 01963 824400

Email: wincanton@freedom-leisure.co.uk

 

Freedom Leisure App

We’re pleased to say that you will continue pre-booking activities and be able to access up-to-date information using the Freedom Leisure App.

We are currently in the process of integrating Goldenstones Leisure Centre, Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre and Wincanton Sports Centre into our Freedom Leisure App and will provide guidance on how to access your centre shortly. 

 

Centre websites

The centre websites will be LIVE from 1 April 2021 and you can access them by using our find a centre function, or by clicking the following links:

Goldenstones Leisure Centre

Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre

Wincanton Sports Centre

The centre websites will be the place to find timetables, news, special offers and other information including links to book your classes and to join online too if you’re not currently a member. Timetables and booking information will be available shortly. 

You can add the webpage to the home screen on your mobile device so our website will be just one click away or you will be able to access it from the App when it's ready!

Social media

Are you already following your local centre on Facebook & Twitter? Great news – you don’t need to do anything!

The existing social media page for Goldenstones Leisure Centre, Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre and Wincanton Sports Centre will continue as they are. If you haven’t already ‘liked’ or ‘followed’ your local centre, be sure to do so to keep up to date with all of our news and announcements!

Current members

Current membership benefits will continue after the transfer to Freedom Leisure. You do not need to do anything and your membership will simply continue as it is, so you can use the centres as normal.

A brand new leisure centre in Chard!

As part of our partnership with South Somerset District Council we are also excited to operate the new pool and leisure centre currently being constructed in Chard. Excellent progress is being made on the project and we hope to open the facility in late 2021. Watch this space for more updates!

Investment

In partnership with South Somerset District Council we have some exciting plans for your centres with over £3.5 million being invested to make changes and improvements to services and facilities!

Full details will be released soon. However a few contract-wide highlights include:

  • Expanded gyms and group exercise studios at Goldenstones Leisure Centre and Westlands Sport & Fitness Centre
  • A revised changing village and the introduction of outdoor fitness equipment & interactive water features at Goldenstones Leisure Centre
  • A relocation of the gym at Wincanton Sports Centre to increase floor space, along with a full refurbishment of the reception area
  • A brand new facility in Chard to include: 25m pool & teaching pool, fitness suite, dedicated group exercise and indoor cycling studios, soft play area & café
  • Energy saving works to improve efficiency and reduce our carbon footprint

#yourhealthmatters

Freedom Leisure prides itself on operating friendly, welcoming centres which are so much more than just gyms. Across the Freedom Leisure group we have a huge and varied range of activities, from racket sports, to swimming pools, athletics tracks, and sports halls to climbing walls, ice rinks and studios; plus social spaces to enjoy a coffee. There is also soft play, children’s and adults sports clubs and events halls. 

And most importantly we welcome everyone – no matter what age, ethnicity, gender or ability. Our centres are easily accessible, cater for everyone and are judgment free.

COVID safety matters

We will be continuing the work already in place with regard to COVID safety and will be reviewing the processes on an ongoing basis to ensure that standards are maintained in line with Government guidelines.  It is our aim to provide an enjoyable and safe experience for all our customers.

Existing hirers

Current bookings will be unaffected but facility hirers will need to complete a new booking form when they next renew a booking. Please email the centre on above email address with your details so they can send you a Freedom Leisure booking form and ensure the continuity of your booking.

See you soon…

Well, that’s all from us for now, if you have any urgent enquiries please drop us a line on one of the centre emails above – but please be assured we will keep you up to date with plans as they progress.