Hastings' leisure centres receive funding boost
Hastings Borough Council has received over £180,000 from the Government through the National Leisure Recovery Fund to help with the reopening of Summerfields and Falaise leisure centres following COVID-19 restrictions.
266 local authorities across England have been allocated a share of £100m to support the recovery of publicly owned leisure centres and gyms.
Cllr Maya Evans, lead councillor for Natural Environment and Leisure, said,
"Our local leisure centres are vital for our wellbeing by not only providing excellent facilities to help residents get active but also by organising fantastic sessions where you can socialise and meet new people."
"We are pleased Hastings has been allocated £181,672 through the Government's National Leisure Recovery Funds, it will contribute to the substantial shortfall amassed to keep Leisure Centres open in this town. This financial boost is a good contribution after such a long period of closure because of the COVID-19 pandemic, let's hope the Government release more funding so that councils are not out of pocket for ensuring essential fitness facilities remain available for their residents."
Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director at Freedom Leisure, added,
"The last year has been a significant challenge for the leisure industry and our role in providing the Hastings communities with access to health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities has never been more important. The funding secured with Hastings Borough Council will help us to reopen and get back to delivering a vital service to their residents and visitors."