New 15 year leisure contract in Fenland starts today

December 4 2018

Today, senior representatives from Freedom Leisure met with Councillor Mark Buckton, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People Fenland District Council on the start of a new 15-year partnership which will see enhanced leisure facilities for residents.

Matt Hunt, Freedom Leisure Operations Director and Cllr Mark Buckton Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People Fenland District Council

Matt Hunt, Freedom Leisure Operations Director and Cllr Mark Buckton Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Young People Fenland District Council

Freedom Leisure's Area Manager Dan Palframan and mascot Jim Trainer - meet the team at George Campbell Leisure Centre

Freedom Leisure's Area Manager Dan Palframan and mascot Jim Trainer - meet the team at George Campbell Leisure Centre

Fenland’s four leisure centres; Chatteris, George Campbell, Hudson and Manor will be managed by the not-for-profit leisure trust in partnership with, and on behalf of, Fenland District Council – giving them a bright future and supporting the people of Fenland to be more active and healthy.

Matt Hunt, Freedom Leisure’s Operations Director and Dan Palframan, Freedom Leisure Area manager, were joined by local councillors, along with Freedom Leisure’s mascot, Jim Trainer and staff members proudly showing off their new uniform, at George Campbell Leisure Centre to formally mark day one.

This partnership is committed to ensuring that Fenland’s leisure services provided for residents are protected and taken forward; with quality, affordability and accessibility at their core.

Of the new contract, Matt Hunt, said: “We are delighted to have been selected by Fenland District Council as their leisure partner to ensure these essential community facilities remain where they belong. This is a long-term partnership with a huge amount of investment which we hope demonstrates our genuine commitment to the district and its public leisure services.

 “We are very much looking forward to getting stuck in and meeting all the staff and customers today, yet maintaining business as normal. We have a highly qualified mobilisation team here this week to support the site teams and ensure a smooth transition.”

Councillor Mark Buckton said: “We are really looking forward to working with Freedom Leisure over the coming years, and seeing the many benefits it will bring to the whole of Fenland. Freedom Leisure has great experience of working with councils across England and Wales to make the most of local leisure services and has an excellent track record in boosting usage and offering great staff development. This new partnership will not only secure the future of our four leisure centres, it will also bring much needed investment in our facilities and secures concessions and services for vulnerable groups who already enjoy the facilities.”

With £1.1m of investment due to be made, there are lots of exciting facility developments and improvements in the pipeline including extended and refurbished gym and studio spaces, state-of-the art fitness kit and improved catering offerings, plus the recruitment of an Active Communities Executive and the introduction of many new community-focussed outreach programmes, to support everyone in the district no matter of their age or ability.


We are delighted to have been selected by Fenland District Council as their leisure partner to ensure these essential community facilities remain where they belong. This is a long-term partnership with a huge amount of investment which we hope demonstrates our genuine commitment to the district and its public leisure services.

Matt Hunt, Operations Director Freedom Leisure