Wednesday, April 9, 2014

News: Name change at Rotherham leisure centres

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Rotherham's four leisure centres are being re-branded as part of the acquisition of operators DC Leisure by Places for People.

DC Leisure operates Rotherham Leisure Complex, Aston-cum-Aughton Leisure Centre, Wath upon Dearne Leisure Centre and Maltby Leisure Centre, on behalf of the Council. The centres were built as part of a £35m PFI project with the first opening in 2008.

Property management and development group Places for People is one of the UK's largest property groups and works in 230 local authorities, owning or managing 82,000 properties. The acquisition of DC Leisure, a leading leisure management contractor that works in partnership with 34 local authorities managing in excess of 110 leisure facilities across the UK, was announced in 2012 and this month saw the group re-branded as Places for People Leisure.

Richard Cowley, contract manager at Places for People, said: "It's an exciting time for the leisure centres and our customers. Our staff will be wearing new uniform and customers will notice new logos on leaflets and posters around the centre, but ultimately we will still deliver the same level of excellent service and varied programme of exercise classes. We will continue to be a community-minded facility bursting with passion and enthusiasm to get local people more physically active."

Steve Hallsworth, leisure and community services manager at Rotherham Council, added: "Our partnership with DC Leisure continues to be a great success and has received national recognition for what it has achieved. I believe that the involvement of Places for People will enable the partnership to continue all of its good work and will take us on to even greater success in the future."

Following the acquisition DC Leisure changed from being a private sector company to that of a social enterprise and hopes to secure further local authority contracts.

Places for People Leisure website

Images: RMBC

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