Centre for Sport to benefit from over £1 million investment
Newcastle’s Centre for Sport is set to benefit from £1.3 million of investment into its facilities and services this year, with renovation and expansion work starting later this month.
The funding will see the centre’s existing gym area refurbished and extended and the introduction of state-of-the-art Technogym fitness equipment. A new multi-purpose fitness studio will be created, along with a new look reception area and customer café, all under the management of charitable leisure operator NCL.
The investment is part of the leisure asset transfer which was signed late last year between the City Council and NCL / GLL. This contract saw NCL / GLL take on a twenty-year lease to run the previously Council owned leisure centres including All Saints Sports Centre, Centre for Sport, East End Pool and Walker Activity Dome. The arrangement from the offset includes the City Council providing a subsidy over the next five-years that can be spent on improvements and maintenance - resulting in the buildings remaining open to the public and providing a leisure service to the public.
The highlight of the investment programme will be the launch of a new 13,000 sq ft Better Extreme Trampoline Park. The first dedicated trampoline park to open in Newcastle, the facility will include individual trampolines, a main court with foam pits, dodgeball area, basketball, a fidget ladder, slack line and performance walls.
Tony Durcan, Assistant Director for Customers, Culture and Skills and Communities at Newcastle City Council, said: “The Citywide leisure programme is committed to a number of different areas including increasing sport and leisure participation, reducing health inequalities and improving social inclusion. The overall aim is to encourage more people to exercise across Newcastle; and in this instance to attract new users from across the local community to the Centre for Sport - who can not only enjoy the new and improved facilities but also benefit from introducing physical activity into their lifestyle.”
Chair of the NCL Newcastle Board, Roger Tames said “By changing the use of some spaces and reconfiguring others we hope to attract new visitors to the Centre, whilst also improving the experience and range of activities on offer to existing customers. This will be the third Better Extreme trampoline park to be opened by the GLL group (NCL’s parent) and feedback from the existing venues has been hugely positive, with visitors of all ages and levels of fitness enjoying the experience.”
Centre for Sport is operated by leisure management charity NCL, a wholly owned subsidiary of GLL the UK’s largest charitable social enterprise. For more information visit www.gll.org or www.northcountryleisure.org.uk