Lichfield District Council is set to hand over the management of King Edward VI Leisure Centre to King Edward VI School.
Lichfield District Council announced its intention to withdraw from the lease of King Edward VI Leisure Centre in 2016. Since then work has been going on behind the scenes to transfer it back to Staffordshire County Council for the school to manage.
The leisure centre will close to the public for the festive period and the handover process on Sunday 17 December 2017. Following the Christmas break, King Edward VI School will reopen the leisure centre on Monday 8 January 2018 as part of its school facilities, which will be available to local clubs to use on a lettings basis.
Jane Rutherford, Head teacher at King Edward VI School, commented:
“From January, King Edward VI Leisure Centre and the synthetic football pitch will be available for club hire, from Monday to Friday throughout the year with the possibility of weekend use longer term where viable.
“In partnership with the district council, we are writing to all existing club users to explain that their current contracts will be honoured, and we look forward to seeing them in the new year.”
Any clubs that use King Edward VI Leisure Centre that want to discuss their upcoming contracts should email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01543 308842 before 24 November 2017. After this date, all enquiries, including new club bookings, should be directed to Jan Harvey, Business Manager for King Edward VI School, at email@example.com or by calling 01543 255714.
Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, said:
“It was a difficult decision to withdraw from King Edward VI Leisure Centre, however, we’re pleased the team at King Edward VI School and the county council will make it available for community use through club hire following the handover.
“We were proud to refurbish the centre’s synthetic football pitch and launch it earlier this year, which we know is important to sports clubs and we are pleased they will continue to get the use of this fantastic facility.
“We’re working in partnership with the school and county council to support the handover, and we’re confident the team at the school will do a great job making the centre available to local clubs from 2018.”
Pay and play facilities will no longer be available following the transfer, although current customers can discuss possible use on a contract basis by contacting the school. The council is also encouraging customers to discover what Friary Grange and Burntwood leisure centres have to offer, including a wider range of classes, equipment and facilities.
The move to transfer King Edward VI Leisure Centre follows a review of the council’s leisure services, which also includes the planned outsourcing of the management of Burntwood and Friary Grange leisure centres to a trust.
“These changes will make sure that our residents can access high quality leisure facilities and will help us to make the best use of our resources,” continued Cllr Eadie.
To find out more about Lichfield District Council’s leisure services review, visit www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/leisurereveiew.
- King Edward VI Leisure Centre, Kings Hill, Lichfield WS14 9DE
- Postal address via the school: King Edward VI School, Upper St John Street, Lichfield WS14 9EE
- Letters will be going out to tell clubs that have contracts at King Edward VI Leisure Centre to let them know about the new arrangements.
- The closure for the festive period and handover process on 17 December 2017 will affect a number of club bookings that have already been paid in advance. Any affected club accounts will be credited.
- The council has managed the leisure centre, which is owned by Staffordshire County Council, since its construction in 1995.
- King Edward VI Leisure Centre features a four-court sports hall, two squash courts, a synthetic football pitch and two multi-purpose rooms. To find out more about King Edward VI School, go to www.keslichfield.org.uk
Posted on Monday 13th November 2017