Freedom Leisure appointed as operators of de Stafford Sports Centre in partnership with de Stafford School
We have been announced as the preferred bidder and are set to be awarded a 15-year contract by Caterham-based de Stafford School, to operate its dual site sports centre, currently boasting a gym, 25m swimming pool, fitness studio and sports hall.
As a not-for-profit leisure trust, the third largest in the UK, will assume responsibility from existing operator Tandridge Leisure Trust on the 4 January 2018, and continue to operate in accordance with both school priorities’ and the health and wellbeing of the local community at its heart.
We have also committed to a total investment of £1.2m to help improve and modernise the centre, including; extending the gym and upgrading its equipment, the addition of a second group exercise studio and an extended class timetable, addition of a café area serving Costa Coffee, plus upgrades to IT systems, signage and energy efficiency works.
In addition, we will work closely with the school to secure the development of a 3G outdoor sports pitch which will be utilised by the school during the day and be available for club/private bookings in the evenings.
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure Managing Director, said: “de Stafford Sports Centre is a much loved community facility and the only sports centre in the area, making it a jewel in the crown for both the school and the town of Caterham. Thus it is our aspiration to deliver a locally-focused service which caters for the needs of both the pupils and local residents. We hope that our operational expertise, coupled with the experience of the existing centre team will mean that the services will go from strength-to-strength.
“Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust with charitable status, meaning that financial surpluses are directly reinvested into our facilities and services. It is our simple aim to allow people in the area to be more active more, while providing pupils at the school with high quality sporting facilities for the very best physical education.”
We are delighted to enter into a partnership with Freedom Leisure as they are widely recognised as one of the top leisure trusts in the UK. Their investment in the facility and genuine commitment to providing affordable and accessible sport and leisure opportunities will positively impact on the health and well-being of the local community as well as the pupils and staff here at the school.Jeremy Garner, Headteacher of de Stafford