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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 6 AUGUST – 19 AUGUST 2013 ISSUE 612 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Your Leisure opens new Ramsgate Swim Centre


Thanet District Council (TDC) and leisure trust, Your Leisure, have opened a £4.1m swim centre as part of the development of the Ramsgate Sports Centre in Kent. The Ramsgate Swim


Centre will be operated by Your Leisure and includes a 25-metre pool, spa and a Feel Good Factory toning studio. Your Leisure acquired funds


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the scheme through pri- vate sector partner Alliance Leisure. It plans to repay the money over time through increased commercial oppor- tunities brought about by the new spa, while also making savings in other operating departments – ensur- ing there will be no additional cost to TDC. Te new centre is conneted to the exist-


experiences, a hydro spa pool and four treatment rooms. Te toning suite has 12 stations, while updates have been made to the exist- ing fitness suite, a new cafe added and changing rooms modernised. Paul Cluett, commer-


Steve Backley, the Alliance Leisure and Your Leisure teams celebrate the opening Te development sees the introduction of a


ing Your Leisure-operated Ramsgate Leisure Centre, to create one joint facility.


Six heritage sites receive a combined


The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has announced grants of £47m for six tourist attractions across the UK. Flax Mill Maltings in Shorpshire


has received the largest, with a grant of £12.8m.Winchester Cathedral has been given £10.5m, Windermere Steamboat Museum in Cumbria £9.4m, while Knole – a medieval palace in Kent that includes the former hunting lodge of Henry VIII – will be refurbished. Te investment is a boost to tour-


ism, as research conducted by the Fund reveals the heritage sector generates £26.4bn annually for the UK economy.


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25-metre swimming pool, as well as a smaller pool for children and swim lesson programme. Your Spa is a purpose-built luxury well- ness environment which includes thermal


DCMS committee launches inquiry


The Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee has announced it will undertake an inquiry into women and sport in the UK to investigate remaining barriers to women’s participation and how these can be overcome. Te inquiry comes on the first anniversary


of the London 2012 Games and in a state- ment, the committee said: “It was hoped the successes of Team GB’s female athletes in the Olympics would result in greater promi- nence for women’s sporting achievements and encourage more to participate in sport. “However, it appears that women and girl’s


sport still faces a number of disadvantages compared with sport for men.”


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Women’s sport to get more support from the DCMS Te committee is inviting written evidence


here: www.parliament.uk/cmscom. • The announcement follows the launch of the Women’s Sport Trust (WST), a grant-giving body dedicated to raising the profile of wom- en’s sport. Details: http://lei.sr?a=G7V0w


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cial director of Alliance Leisure says: “Our approach in Ramsgate was to replace a non-viable facility, while redeveloping the council’s leisure and sports building stock with a focus on creat- ing new revenue streams and lowering running costs. “This project shows how services can be improved,


without increasing revenue demands on councils. “Tere are 100 pools in the UK near the end


of their useful life. Many are near dry sports centres and in such cases, councils could reju- venate their portfolio using this approach.”


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