Summerfields and Falaise leisure centres have moved a step closer towards reopening after the government pledged £180,000 from its National Leisure Recovery Fund to Hastings Borough Council.

The leisure centres have been closed following Covid-19 restrictions, but 266 local authorities across England have been allocated a share
of £100m to support the recovery of publicly owned leisure centres and gyms.

Cllr Maya Evans, lead councillor for Natural Environment and Leisure, said, ‘Our local leisure centres are vital for our wellbeing by not only providing excellent facilities to help residents get active but also by organising fantastic sessions where you can socialise and meet new people.’

‘We are pleased Hastings has been allocated £181,672 through the Government’s National Leisure Recovery Funds. Let’s hope the government releases more funding so that councils are not out of pocket for ensuring essential fitness facilities remain available for their residents.’

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Managing Director at Freedom Leisure, added, ‘the last year has been a significant challenge for the leisure industry and our role in providing the Hastings communities with access to health, fitness and wellbeing opportunities has never been more important. The funding secured with Hastings Borough Council will help us to reopen and get back to delivering a vital service to  residents and visitors.’

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