Funding secured for leisure facilities

Funding secured for leisure facilities

£340,000 of funding has been secured to enable Alive West Norfolk leisure centres to reopen in a Covid secure and safe way and to provide some new activities to encourage people back to the centres and to support them on the journey to a healthy, more active lifestyle.

Sport England, on behalf of the Government, have distributed £100m to support local authority leisure provision through the National Leisure Recovery Fund. The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and Alive West Norfolk applied to the fund and have been awarded £340,000.

The funding will be used to support the reopening of Alive Lynnsport, Alive Downham Leisure, Alive Oasis and Alive St James, ensuring that they are Covid 19 safe, and providing customers with the confidence to return.

Neil Gromett, Managing Director of Alive West Norfolk, said: "The COVID pandemic has hit many industries hard, and the leisure industry is no exception. This fund goes some way to support us during what has been a very challenging time for leisure providers.

"Clearly, we still have to await confirmation that re-opening can take place as set out in the Government's Covid Recovery Roadmap. Fingers crossed we should be able to provide some outdoor sports provision from 29 March, which will mean we can look at opening the tennis courts, football pitches and outdoor gym equipment.

"If all goes to plan, then Alive West Norfolk indoor facilities will open with a phased approach from the 12 April 2021, meaning that we can re-open the gyms, pools, sports halls and hopefully group sessions after that."