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APSE Sports and Leisure Seminar 2020

Thursday 5 November 2020 10:00 – 13:00


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2020 has seen the biggest upheaval in council services since the 2nd World War. Those running leisure have been doubly hit by the forced closure of facilities and the ability to re-open with only limited capacity and increased costs. Past success in recruiting gym and swim memberships and reducing or eliminating any subsidy from the local authority has been blown wide open.

The industry is in a battle for survival and the future remains uncertain. This seminar attempts to bring together those representing in-house, trusts and the private sector to ask what that future might look like and explore options for how local authorities might deliver into the medium term.

We are all in this together and this seminar aims to cover some of the options moving forward.


Survival, recovery and resurgence

Steven Scales, Client Services Director, UKActive


Future of leisure and physical activity

Carl Bennett, Head of Service - Leisure Transformation, Gedling Borough Council


Sporting future – the road to an active nation

Justine Blomeley, Strategic Lead Local Delivery, Sport England


Returning leisure in-house

Sue Finnigan, Head of Culture, Leisure and Tourism, Shropshire Council


Securing the future with Swimming

Natalie McGuire, Senior Engagement Manager, Swim England


In Leisure we Trust

Paul Bartle, MD at Stateside Bolton Arena


Promoting excellence in public services

APSE (Association for Public Service Excellence) is a not for profit unincorporated association working with over 300 councils throughout the UK. Promoting excellence in public services, APSE is the foremost specialist in local authority frontline services, hosting a network for frontline service providers in areas such as waste and refuse collection, parks and environmental services, cemeteries and crematorium, environmental health, leisure, school meals, cleaning, housing and building maintenance.






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