Frequently asked questions

January 21 2020

Freedom Leisure manages The Stour Centre, Julie Rose Stadium and Spearpoint Pavilion on behalf of Ashford Borough Council. We know that there may be a number of queries from customers so we’ve put together a selection of Frequently Asked Questions that you may be asking about the transfer to Freedom Leisure

We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as Ashford Borough Council’s leisure partner. With so many councils seeing ever reducing budgets, Freedom Leisure is here to operate leisure facilities on behalf of its partners so that these wonderful local centres remain vibrant.

Ivan Horsfall Turner - Managing Director

Who is Freedom Leisure?

Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust that reinvests surpluses back into facilities for the community. They specialise in the operations of community leisure services with the intention of increasing the number of people accessing facilities and participating in an active lifestyle.

What experience do Freedom Leisure have?

Freedom Leisure currently operate 99 other centres around the UK on behalf of local authorities and leisure trusts – the addition of the sites in Ashford will bring the total over 100!

Why Freedom Leisure?

Freedom Leisure was awarded the contract after an extensive tendering process. Freedom Leisure was chosen based on their experience and fit with our community.

When will The Stour Centre re-open?

Monday 1 June 2021

How will this affect me?

This is a positive step forward for the leisure provision in Ashford with many exciting developments, with most of the sites seeing significant investment and improvements.

As we're re-opening the facility we'll need you to re-join as we have a brand new membership system so please do contact us and we'lll get you started straight away.

What next?

We will work hard to ensure the opening of the Stour Centre is as seamless as possible. You will see a new team of staff working in your local leisure centre, so please don't hesitate to speak to them as they're there to make your visit the very best it can be.