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New management company is revealed for leisure centre; 'considerable period of transition'.

Byline: AARON MAYHEW @essexlive

A LEISURE centre has had a change of management after a year of uncertainty.

The Brentwood Centre closed at the end of last October after its operator - the Brentwood Leisure Trust - ceased trading, threatening almost 140 jobs.

The Trust had suffered from the financial impact of the Covid pandemic. Almost a year later, Brentwood Borough Council (BBC) announced on Thursday (September 30) that it has appointed new management for the centre.

From Friday (October 1), Everyone Active will manage The Brentwood Centre after supporting the council with improvements to the facility.

Cllr Cliff Poppy, chairman of the borough council's community and health committee, said: "I am delighted that Everyone Active will be taking over the smooth running of the Brentwood Centre.

"The company has an excellent reputation and considerable expertise around the country for creating exciting and enticing leisure centres.

"The Brentwood Centre is vital to the wellbeing and health of the borough and I would like to thank all the residents and members for their continued support."

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Active manages more than 200 leisure facilities in partnership with 61 different local authorities nationwide.

When the Brentwood Leisure Trust shut down, Brentwood Borough Council took over the centre and was in a position to re-open the facility at the start of December 2020.

After the announcement of the new management, Cllr Poppy said: "It has been a considerable period of transition with Brentwood Borough Council taking the reigns in 2020 and all the staff involved in that handover worked incredibly hard facing the challenges of lockdown restrictions on top of everything else to get the Brentwood Centre to re-open and looking better than ever.

"The new gym is amazing and the membership has increased dramatically since the council took over which proves that the centre is as relevant today as it has always been. "Now we look forward company has an reputation and expertise the country.

Cliff Poppy to seeing it develop further under Everyone Active's direction and anyone who has yet to visit a class or the pool or the cafe I encourage you to do so."

The Brentwood Centre offers a 25m and learner pools, a gym and other sports facilities.

Duncan Cogger, regional contract manager at Everyone Active, said: "After supporting Brentwood Borough Council over the past few months with improvements at the Brentwood Centre, we're delighted to be welcomed into the district's community and officially begin our partnership with the council.

"With over 30 years of expertise, we are in a fantastic position to support the council's vision of delivering high-quality leisure facilities.

"We are passionate about engaging people from all backgrounds and ages in exercise, and look forward to seeing many new and returning faces at the centre."

The council has invested PS110,000 in the refurbishment of the Brentwood Centre gym to give it a new look, including new equipment.

The company has an excellent reputation and considerable expertise around the country. Cllr Cliff Poppy "

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Author:AARON MAYHEW @essexlive
Publication:Brentwood Gazette (Essex, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2021
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