New leisure operator to take over

Whitby Leisure centre which has possibly been taken over by a private company
Whitby Leisure centre which has possibly been taken over by a private company

The new operator for leisure facilities in Scarborough and Whitby is to officially take up its new position next month.

Sports and Leisure Management Ltd is to begin managing leisure facilities from October 1 following approval from Scarborough Borough Council.

SLM Ltd, which operates under the Everyone Active brand, has been given the go-ahead to begin managing the council’s leisure facilities, which includes Whitby Leisure Centre, Scarborough Sports Centre and Scarborough Indoor Pool. Discussions are also on-going with Pindar School to include Pindar Leisure Centre in the arrangement.

SLM Ltd was selected by Scarborough Council to operate leisure facilities on its behalf in July 2015, under a 10 year contract.

The company will operate Scarborough Sports Centre and Scarborough Indoor Pool until 2017, when they will both be replaced with the brand new Leisure Village.

Once opened, SLM Ltd will then manage the new complex.

The Leisure Village, which will be home to Scarborough Athletic Football Club, will include a wide range of state-of-the-art facilities, including a brand new football ground, a 25 metre swimming pool and a learner pool, a four-court sports hall, squash courts, a 60-station fitness suite and an aerobics studio.

As part of the contract, Whitby Leisure Centre and potentially Pindar Leisure Centre will also receive investment for improvements by the council and SLM Ltd.

David Bibby, SLM Ltd’s Managing Director, commented: “We’re delighted to begin managing the current leisure centres in Scarborough from October.

“We have extensive experience of successfully operating leisure facilities in the north east, on behalf of local authorities, and our aim is to deliver the same standard here in Scarborough and Whitby.”

Previously, staff at centres in both Scarborough and Whitby said they feared they would be made redundant if SLM took over, a claim the company denied.