Sports centres set for investment

Leeds City Council has approved funding of £500,000 to make improvements across a number of sports centres in the city including Middleton Leisure Centre and the John Charles Centre For Sport.

£30,000 has been allocated to refurbish the studio and make improvements to the changing rooms at Middleton Leisure Centre to compliment the new gym, which is currently under construction.

The running track and hammer net at South Leeds Stadium, together with the indoor running track at the Indoor Athletics Centre will all be refurbished as part of the £100,000 investment at the John Charles Centre For Sport. Additionally, a meeting room will be created within the Aquatics Centre and office improvements made to South Leeds Stadium.

The report approving the expenditure, which you can read in full here, commented:

“Within leisure centres it is recognised that customers look for a good standard of facilities and when these fall below standard, the number of users to a facility reduces. This in turn results in lower customer satisfaction and therefore income levels for the leisure sites.”

The scheme of works has been agreed following consultation with the Active Leeds senior management team, the Executive member for Environment and Active Lifestyles (Cllr Mohammed Rafique) and ward councillors, as well as customer comments.

The other centres receiving investment are: Kippax, Kirkstall, Pudsey, Rothwell, John Smeaton, Scott Hall and Garforth. The funding is part of the current year’s budget.


Photo: Cockburn School Sports Day on the athletics track at South Leeds Stadium