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Everyone Active leisure contract extended

Published on Friday, 28th July 2023

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Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council will work to extend the operator contract of its leisure services provider for a further year.

The decision comes as the Borough Council continues to work to seek funding to deliver a new physical activity hub for Bedworth.

Everyone Active manages the Borough’s leisure centres including Pingles in Nuneaton and Bedworth Leisure Centre, and provides sports sessions for all age groups across the northern Warwickshire borough.

A meeting of the council’s ruling Cabinet on Wednesday agreed a clause in the the company’s 10 year existing contract should be activated and it be extended a further 12 months, to March 2026.

The extension means the procurement process to refresh the borough’s contract for leisure services has also been paused.

The procurement was originally scheduled to go to the market in summer 2023 with the final tender submissions in January 2024 and evaluation after that.

Portfolio holder for Public Services Cllr Sue Markham, said:

“We are working hard to bring forward a brand new replacement for the Bedworth Leisure Centre, which is an important component of the Everyone Active operator contract.

“While that project is paused, it is prudent to pause this contract as well, to allow the timing of both to remain aligned.

“This decision is therefore evidence of good management by this council, as well as our determination to not be swayed by the difficulties currently associated with the Bedworth Physical Activity Hub.”

Lloyd Barraclough, Everyone Active’s Contract Manager, said:

“We are pleased to continue our support for the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council and help deliver on their vision for leisure across the area.

“Our partnership has provided high-quality sports and leisure facilities, ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to make the most out of them.

“The extension of our operator contract will allow us to work closely with the Borough Council, and support with solutions for the future of leisure provision in the Borough."