• Tackling obesity

    21 July 2021

    Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on how the success of England’s national team can be harnessed by councils to inspire people to play more football and lose weight.

  • Sevenoaks to halt support for leisure operator

    02 July 2021

    Sevenoaks DC is poised to halt financial support to the operator of its leisure facilities, which are grappling with a seven-figure budget deficit.

  • Districts need support to keep leisure centres open

    16 June 2021

    If the Government is really serious about health and wellbeing, then district councils must have financial support from central Government to keep their leisure centres open and thriving, argues Paul Shevlin.

  • Districts in plea for leisure centre funding

    08 June 2021

    A crunch meeting on the future of leisure centres is to take place this week, The MJ understands.

  • Let’s not lose our leisure centres

    26 May 2021

    The District Councils’ Network has urged the Government to offer a lifeline to leisure centres on the brink of closure due to the pandemic. Trustee of the chancellor’s local leisure trust David Chefneux describes the challenge ahead.

  • Central Government must ‘sign off a National Leisure Recovery Fund #2’

    24 May 2021

    There appears to be a clear disconnect between central Government’s public commitments to tackling the nation’s health and its approach to public sector leisure provision, says Mark Sesnan.

  • White van man on... leisure centres

    19 May 2021

    There’s not much point in the health nannies telling us to take more exercise when gyms and leisure centres are slamming their doors in our faces claiming they’re brassic.

  • More than 100 leisure centres could go bust, DCN warns

    13 May 2021

    More than 100 leisure centres in England could go bust due to the coronavirus crisis, district councils have warned.

  • Prospect raised of financial support for Glasgow

    29 April 2021

    The Scottish First Minister has raised the possibility of further financial support for Glasgow City Council to reopen leisure and cultural facilities.

  • Tackling COVID’s hit on leisure

    28 April 2021

    Léonie Cowen takes a look at the commercial and legal issues COVID-19 has caused for local authority indoor leisure.

  • Labour council pressed to insource service

    12 April 2021

    Neath Port Talbot CBC has been urged to bring its leisure services under direct control as it searches for a new operator.

  • Sport England to make case for further leisure support

    09 March 2021

    Sport England is to make the case for further support for the leisure sector from the Government, The MJ understands.

  • MPs attack 'broken' council funding

    11 February 2021

    The Government has promised reform of the system of financing local authorities.

  • Small steps matter on climate change

    09 February 2021

    Tackling climate change is becoming fundamental to everything we do. Knowing how your service can make a contribution to the overarching objective of net zero is a good starting point, says Paul O'Brien.

  • Wigan insources leisure services

    13 January 2021

    The council is to bring its leisure centres in-house in a bid to safeguard jobs following the impact of COVID-19 restrictions.

  • Bids to open for £100m leisure fund

    15 December 2020

    Sport England has finally launched the £100m biddable fund to support English councils with outsourced public leisure centre provision.

  • Leisure services: exist or thrive?

    08 December 2020

    The pandemic has placed leisure services under immense stress, writes Ian Fytche. Short-term financial support is fundamental to survival, but investment in the long-term is also essential, he adds.

  • Canal project offers immense scope to regenerate

    07 December 2020

    It is uplifting to reflect that a canal which shaped the district in the past will do so again in the future - forming a significant part of Stroud's plans to recover from the pandemic, says Kathy O'Leary.

  • The value of districts working at the local level

    23 November 2020

    Chief executive at Rossendale BC Neil Shaw outlines how the council has addressed the need to support local businesses and communities during the pandemic and has shown that ‘a really local approach works’.

  • Leisure centre collapse warning

    20 November 2020

    Under-pressure leisure centres will go under without further rescue funding on top of the £100m already pledged by the Government, district councils have warned.