Freedom Leisure’s Active Communities Worcester Team works with local organisations to get local communities more active. Through external funding and grants along with strong partnership working across the City and County, the team, through their active communities plan, develops a range of sport, play and physical activity programmes with local clubs and groups for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds. We develop additional programmes across our leisure centres and support with big events in the City to get even more people active, making the best use of community facilities, parks, open spaces in the City.

From left to right:
Tom Rimmer, Vanessa Bale, Matt Rogers & Mark Hitchman

matt rogers - active communities manager

  • manger of the active communities team
  • succouring funding for active communities programmes
  • development and delivery of the active communities development plan
  • stakeholder and partner engagement
  • active ageing programme development

Contact Matt via:

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Phone - 07710708868 


tom rimmer - active communities officer

coordination and delivery of key active communities programmes, including:

  • school sport and activities
  • free multi-sports holiday activities
  • community events activities
  • sportivate projects
  • community youth sports activities

Contact Tom via:

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Phone - 07885407474


vanessa bale - aquatic development officer

  • maximise participation through innovative pool programming at Perdiswell Leisure Centre
  • develop sustainable aquatics partnerships and pathways from learn to swim to club swimming
  • implement and drive the Local Aquatics Network and Aquatics Strategy

Contact Vanessa Via:

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Phone - 07850206563


mark hitchman – active communities assistant

  • administration and co-ordination for Sport Worcester and the Worcester Sporting Grants
  • administration and co-ordination for the annual City of Worcester Sport Awards
  • carry out the generic Active Communities Worcester administration functions

Contact Mark Via:

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