Life Leisure update

The council has established a new Community Interest Company, Stockport Active CIC, which will take over responsibility for Stockport Sports Trust’s leisure operations.

Stockport Sports Trust, trading as Life Leisure, has provided a valuable service for Stockport residents for almost 20 years. Its operation of 12 local leisure centres and delivery of active communities programmes – including youth Satellite Sports Clubs, I Wish I’d Tried, SMILE and Active Aging - have made a real difference to people’s lives.

The impact of COVID 19 on many sectors, including the leisure sector, has created financial uncertainty and has also emphasised the importance of services and initiatives that promote health, wellbeing, and which make fitness more accessible. Stockport Council is therefore keen to ensure that Life Leisure can continue to play a crucial role in supporting the residents of Stockport moving forwards, and that its activities continue to go from strength to strength.

To enable this, Stockport Council has established a new Community Interest Company, Stockport Active CIC, which will take over responsibility for Stockport Sports Trust’s leisure’s operations in Stockport.

The CIC will maintain Life Leisure’s ethos, principles and activities. It will also continue to use the Life Leisure trading brand. All of which means customers should see no difference to their experience of using sites and facilities.

As part of the transition to the CIC, Stockport Sports Village in Woodley and Houldsworth Village in Reddish will be incorporated into the portfolio of Council leisure assets. All Life Leisure staff working on the Stockport operation will transfer into the new CIC on their existing terms and conditions.

Life Leisure has a great reputation in the community and has worked hard over the years to support the people of Stockport. We are committed to building on this legacy and preserving the Life Leisure name, so that local people can enjoy the fantastic facilities and great level of service they have come to expect for years to come.

Stockport Council really appreciate the support that Stockport Sports Trust Board and Executive team have provided in helping us develop this new model and we are aiming for the CIC to take over operations as soon as banking and financial arrangements are in place for the new organisation.

In the interim, Stockport Council is supporting Life Leisure to ensure continuity of service provision to all members and customers and to make sure that existing supply chains remain in place.