Saturday, 23 October 2010

South Leeds Sports Centre closure announced

Leeds City Council has confirmed that South Leeds Sports Centre is to close from Monday 1 November.

The centre on Beeston Road is to shut following a decision taken by Leeds City Council’s executive board on 13 October to close while talks continue with local community group Tiger 11 over them taking over its management.

The decision has been taken as the centre is currently costing the council £25,000 per month to run due to low and falling visitor numbers over the last few years. The executive board decision approved plans to enter into a six-month agreement with Tiger 11 to allow them to work with the council to further develop their proposals for a possible takeover.

Leeds City Council executive member for leisure Councillor Adam Ogilvie said:

“The decision to close the centre is one that we have taken reluctantly but we are optimistic that we can work with Tiger 11 to ensure the facility can once again be viable and well used by the local community.“

Notes to editors:

Tiger 11 is an enterprising community organisation set up to create community benefits for the people of Leeds LS11.

Tiger 11:
• Re-invests its profits in the community
• Lets office space to organisations that provide services to the community
• Lets meeting rooms at reduced prices to community groups
• Runs arts events
• Hosts the Hillside Catalyst – help for local people to set up successful businesses

ENDS

For media enquiries please contact:
Roger Boyde, Leisure media relations officer,
Tel 0113 247 5472, Email: roger.boyde@leeds.gov.uk