After the successful merger between Freedom Leisure and Tandridge Trust, we have been operating two local health and leisure centres on behalf of Tandridge District Council since 1 May 2018.
A month in, Councillor David Cooley; Chairman of Tandridge District Council, Councillor Martin Fisher; Leader of the Council, Councillor Lindsey Dunbar; Vice-Chairman of the Council and Louise Round; Chief Executive of the Council headed over to Tandridge Leisure Centre and met with our Managing Director and Operations Director to formally mark the new contract – with our mascot Jim Trainer joining them for some fun in the gym.
The not-for-profit organisation is already operating de Stafford Sports Centre in Caterham and now with Tandridge Leisure Centre in Oxted and The Village Health Club in Caterham added to their Tandridge portfolio they are offering a connected membership for those who want to use all three, and have started making improvements at all three centres to support local residents to improve their lives through leisure. Full details of improvements at Tandridge Leisure Centre and The Village Health Club are still being finalised but the leisure centre has already seen some new kit, including a state-of-the-art Dual Action Pulley which is “a must” on any gym floor and new cardio machines to replace previously out of action kit.
We are really pleased to be working with Freedom Leisure to ensure high quality leisure services are available to our residents, helping them to sustain a healthy lifestyle. The improvements so far to Tandridge Leisure Centre and The Village Health Club have been fantastic and we are excited about the next stage of refurbishment works.Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of the Council
Proposals are in place for an improved reception and café area and gym extension with further new kit by the end of the year, with the water flume to be reopened too.
At the health club; issues with hot water have been rectified, with a refresh and new kit also in the pipeline.
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, says: “Supporting Tandridge District Council with their commitment to supporting an active community is our priority. As a leisure trust we are able to reinvest surplus into improving our centres, thus we hope local residents will see that by being a customer or members of their local leisure centre, it results in their fees going directly towards improvements they benefit from.
“There is much work to do in these centres which have not had much in the way of investment for a number of years and we are looking forward to making an immediate, positive impact.”
Councillor Martin Fisher, Leader of the Council, said: “We are really pleased to be working with Freedom Leisure to ensure high quality leisure services are available to our residents, helping them to sustain a healthy lifestyle. The improvements so far to Tandridge Leisure Centre and The Village Health Club have been fantastic and we are excited about the next stage of refurbishment works.”