Everyone Active confirmed as new operator for Meadowside Leisure Centre, Whiteley

From spring 2021, Everyone Active will be running Meadowside Leisure Centre on behalf of Winchester City Council. They took over the management of River Park Leisure Centre and Meadowside Leisure Centre in September 2020 and will also manage the new Winchester Sport & Leisure Park when it opens in the coming months.

Everyone Active is a nationwide leisure centre operator who manage over 200 facilities on behalf of 60 local authorities in the UK. Their bid for the management of Meadowside Leisure Centre exceeded all of the council’s minimum requirements.

The programme of activities at the centre will be significantly enhanced, with the purchase of new gym and exercise class equipment. The introduction of air management to the first floor will allow for the creation of a new exercise studio for customers, enabling the existing gym to be expanded on the ground floor..

The council is also working on measures to improve sustainability and reduce carbon emissions from this building later this year. This will align with the council’s Carbon Neutrality Action Plan enabling the centre to make a significant contribution to achieving the outcomes of this plan.

Cllr Malcolm Prince, Cabinet Member for Sport, Leisure and Communities, said: 

“Meadowside Leisure Centre provides a much valued facility serving our southern parishes. We know that having an experienced and capable operator running this community facility is important to our residents and we look forward to the new facilities and expanded activity programme.”

Duncan Jefford, Regional Director at Everyone Active added, 

“We are delighted to be the chosen operator to manage Meadowside Leisure Centre, which will further augment our working relationship with Winchester City Council. Leisure provision in the Winchester District is to the highest standard and we’re honoured to support the council with its efforts to get more local people active. Looking after your health has never been so important and we look forward to welcoming back the local community to the centre as soon as it is safe to do so.”