East Herts awards contract for leisure

Hartham Leisure Centre contract award - A group of people standing next to ground works and 'Everyone Active' sign
East Herts Council has awarded a 15 year leisure contract for its pools and gyms to Everyone Active with the potential to extend for a further five years. The contract is due to start on Wednesday 1 January 2020.

It includes the management of the council owned pool, gym and outdoor facilities at Grange Paddocks Leisure Centre in Bishop’s Stortford; Hartham Leisure Centre in Hertford and Ward Freman pool in Buntingford. It also includes a five-year contract for Leventhorpe pool & gym in Sawbridgeworth and Fanshawe pool & gym in Ware.

The decision was taken at the Executive meeting on Tuesday 8 October following a procurement process that commenced in October 2018.

Everyone Active is a national leisure operator that currently manages 193 facilities in partnership with 60 councils.  

The council is also investing £33 million to improve the facilities at Grange Paddocks, Hartham and Ward Freman. These projects aim to support the Council's vision for leisure across East Herts by providing attractive facilities available to the whole community and contributing fully to the health and wellbeing objectives of the Council.

Eric Buckmaster, executive member for health and wellbeing, said: “We are looking forward to continuing to work with Everyone Active throughout the new contract. Our pools and gyms offer excellent facilities for everyone in East Herts and we are committed to seeing more people getting active to help improve their health and wellbeing.”

Duncan Jefford, Regional Director at Everyone Active, commented: “We are delighted to be extending our work with East Herts District Council. The leisure centres are pivotal in providing a wide range of facilities to the community and engaging people from all backgrounds in exercise.”