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New changing facilities at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Mansfield, were officially opened today (10 February) after a massive refurbishment.
As part of a £400k project, the former cafe area has been transformed into a family changing area, increasing the number of family changing units from seven to ten.
The existing changing area was revamped with the number of private double cubicles increased from six to 31 and the changing rooms for people with disabilities increased from one to two. There were also improvements to showers, toilet facilities and replacement ceilings and lighting.
The project was funded by a £195,850 grant of National Lottery funding from Sport England, with the remaining costs paid by Mansfield District Council and Mansfield District Leisure Trust.Representatives from Sport England and Mansfield District Leisure Trust, which operates the District’s leisure centres on behalf of the Council, and managing agent Serco Leisure joined Councillors to unveil a plaque marking the completion of improvements.
Water Meadows attracts a range of users including families, young children learning to swim, recreational and fitness swimmers, swimming club members and performance athletes training with the Nova Centurion Swimming Club.
The improved changing facilities will enable more people to use the complex, particularly families.Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment, said: "In these days of savings and efficiencies it is fantastic that through working in partnership we are able to further enhance the leisure experience offered at Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex. I believe leisure facilities are extremely important for the District’s residents. These improvements show our commitment to continuing to improve the quality of leisure provision across the District and help people live a healthier and more active lifestyle within a family-friendly environment."
Charles Johnston, Sport England Property Director, said: “Good sports facilities play an important role in local communities; they not only improve people’s sporting experience but also help attract new participants. The new changing facilities at Water Meadows will do just this and will be enjoyed by the people of Mansfield for years to come.” Brian Taylor, Chairman of the Mansfield District Leisure Trust, said: "Working with a number of organisations including the District Council and our managing agent Serco Leisure, the Trust’s mission is to provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment for the local Mansfield community, at an affordable cost. The new changing facilities are just one of the developments planned at the centres and will ensure an improved and enhanced customer experience at Water Meadows, in turn making it an exciting place to visit for all ages and abilities.
We are currently recruiting for Leisure Assistants for Water Meadows Leisure Centre.
The Leisure Assistant`s role is to work within the centre ensuring customer safety and high standards of service and customer care at all times.
For more information and to apply for this job, click here.
Following joint investment from the Trust and the Council, Oak Tree Leisure Centre now offers a new sauna cabin with additional seating capacity, new relaxation furniture, coloured mood lighting, and soothing background music. These welcome additions will complement the existing large steam room, a powerful 'needle shower', hot/cold shower, lockers and water fountains, providing a complete relaxation space for customers to use before and after their workout class or gym session at the centre.
Please note that we have a Swimming Gala on the weekend of 16th & 17th November. All pools will be closed, but the rest of the facility such as the gym will be open as normal.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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The changing rooms at the Water Meadows Swimming Complex are set for a massive refurbishment, thanks to a £195,850 improvement grant from Sport England.
The grant will be used to upgrade and modernise existing changing facilities, as well as increasing the amount of changing units, which is currently inadequate for the number of customers using the facilities.
The number of family changing units will increase from seven to ten; private double cubicles will increase from six to thirty-one and disabled changing units will increase from one to two. There will also be improvements to showers, toilet facilities and replacement ceilings and lighting.
7:15am to 3:00pmThe competition pool will be restricted to 20m at the deep end of the pool. A lane rope will be placed across the pool where the flags cross the pool.
3:00pm to 3:30pmThere will be a short pool closure to test the newly installed pool cover.
3:30pmNormal service will return.
We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this work.
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Friday 5th April 2013
The Mansfield District Leisure Trust, an IPS (Industrial Providence Society) exempt charity was formed to manage the five leisure centres in the District – Meden Sports Centre, Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre, River Maun Recreation Centre and Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex but has wider vision for sport, leisure and community involvement.
This is underpinned by five key strategic aims:
• Encourage more people to be more active, more often including those in underrepresented groups• Provide a balanced programme of activities reflecting the needs of our different service users• Enhance the existing leisure facilities when opportunities arise• Engage in partnership working to provide opportunities for young people to take part in sporting activities aimed at contributing to the development of a positive lifestyle• Provide opportunities for all adults to maintain active and healthy lifestyles through participation in sports related activity in the Trust’s facilities.
Mr Brian Taylor – Trust Chairman
Over 40 years in financial, operational and general management and Director of several companies in various industries. He is also Chairman of The South Northamptonshire and Mansfield District Leisure Trusts. He has a passion for sport generally and seeing it develop in the community as well as general community development.
Mrs Kay Adlington
Kay has been involved in swimming as a mum of 3 daughters who all used local facilities from beginner to Olympic level. Her interest lay in the development of the community of Mansfield, having lived locally for 25 years.
Mr Geoff Waller
Previously employed by MDC as Director of Leisure and Community Services and member of the Council’s Strategic Management Team. Past Board Member for Sport Nottinghamshire and Chair of the Mansfield CVS. Currently working for and representing the SportsAid Trust in the East Midlands.
Mrs Anna Barrett
Lived in the Mansfield area for 25 years. After a successful career as a nurse working in the NHS. She is an experienced senior manager and has served as a Trustee on the committee of the Queen's Nursing Institute which is a National Nursing Charity.
Mrs Shirley Clarke
A highly skilled professional, with extensive knowledge of Local Government. She has significant experience in strategy development and service improvement.
Mr Colin Huffen
A former international swimmer and part of the Nova Centurion program. Once retired moved to work in further education and since combined the passion for swimming by working for the ASA. He sits on various industry leading boards deciding the future of training in the leisure sector and has been a lifelong resident of Ashfield and latterly Mansfield.
Mr Ian Waller
Sport Operations Manager for Leeds City Council with the responsibility for the delivery and development of sport and active lifestyles in both a leisure centre and community context. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity and is passionate about both the industry in which he works and sport and health in its widest context.
Mr Colin Clayton
Colin moved to Mansfield in 1975 and has lived there ever since. He was nominated as a Councillor to Mansfield District Council in May 2011 and represents Kingswalk ward. He sits on Select Commission 3 and is the Vice Chairman of both the Audit and Licensing Committees and was elected by the Council to the position on MDLT Board.
The Trust has been operating the five facilities for almost a year now, during which four key capital investment projects totalling over £500k have been completed across two of the sites.
The Trust has exciting plans ahead, all of which will contribute to the overarching ambition and commitment to the community and district.
Friday 22nd February 2013
All the small maintenance works have been completed to the health suite.
However, as previously reported, the condition of the large sauna cabin is such that a repair is not possible and would not represent value for money and we have obtained quotations for replacement. However, in light of the significant costs for replacement we are in discussion with Mansfield District Council and are considering a number of options for this area.
Once all the options have been developed a consultation document will be published and we will be asking for feedback on the proposals. It is expected that the consultation document will be published by 10 March.
In the meantime if you have any questions please ask a member of staff.
29th October 2012
You will be pleased to know we have opened up our leisure pool for longer this week. Due to the school’s October half terms dates being different across our region we have opened up the Leisure Pool from 10am instead of the normal 12noon for this week 29th October to 2nd November to accommodate the different schools. However the service will be running at a reduced service as normal.
22nd April 2012
The telephone numbers for Mansfield District Council’s leisure centres are set to change as part of the transfer of the management of the facilities to Mansfield District Leisure Trust via the appointed management agent, Serco Leisure.
The existing numbers will run at the same time as the new numbers, and the existing numbers will be gradually phased out before being turned off altogether on Tuesday 1 May.
The new numbers are:
Calls to these numbers will be charged at the standard landline rate. If you have an inclusive call package for calling landline numbers on your mobile or landline telephone there should be no extra charge for you to call these numbers.
The new numbers are being provided ahead of transfer of the management of the facilities to Mansfield District Leisure Trust and services are expected to be handed over on 1 May.
The District Council will still retain ownership of the buildings and will be responsible for major structural liabilities. It will also be accountable for ensuring that the service is delivered to the required quality standards.
On 1st May 2012, service delivery for this facility will transfer to Mansfield District Leisure Trust, via the appointed managing agent, Serco Leisure.
Serco Leisure has over 20 years experience in the operation of leisure centres and now manage 68 facilities on behalf of 23 Local Authorities, Community Leisure Trusts, Universities and the MOD including:
· 10 facilities in Manchester on behalf of Manchester Sport and Leisure Trust, Wythenshawe Forum Trust, Manchester Metropolitan University and University of Manchester· 11 facilities in Bolton on behalf of Bolton Community Leisure Ltd· 6 facilities in West Lancashire on behalf of West Lancashire District Council· 6 facilities in South Ribble on behalf of South Ribble Community Leisure Trust· 1 facility in Maidtone on behalf of Maidstone Borough Council
The mission statement for Serco Leisure is:
“To provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment”
What changes will there be to services?Positive changes and improvements to look forward to are:
· Facility developments at Water Meadows
- Redevelop the existing reception area to improve the meet and greet/access control and the shop facilities- Add to the existing family experience by providing toddler water play features- Develop the fitness offering to include an additional ‘Performance Training Zone’
· The fitness equipment at both Water Meadows swimming and fitness complex and Oak Tree leisure centre will be replaced with new, using the Life Fitness journey concept, providing equipment for beginners through to advance training options.The existing equipment will be used to enhance the offering at the smaller sites.
· Utilising technology to help drive further service improvements. It is the Trust’s intention to replace the current IT system to combine an easy to use front of house system with the latest online booking functionality and web based information service.
· All computer and telephone systems will be replaced for 1st May 2012. Training and front of house support will be provided to assist staff in the transition period. There may be a short delay at reception, but we will be ensuring that this is kept to a minimum.
· We will be reducing the carbon footprint of the leisure services. At the start of the contract we will utilise thermal imaging technology to identify areas where we can reduce the carbon emissions by improving insulation and training staff in energy reduction and environmental awareness.
· We will review the service with consideration to the proximity of each of the Mansfield District facilities. The Trust will ensure that centres work collectively to provide a network of interlinked facilities for the benefit of the local community i.e. centres will offer complementary programmes working to the strengths of each facility.
· We will be working in partnership with Mansfield District Council. The contract will be operated on a partnership basis with Mansfield District Council jointly reviewing progress against preset targets and continual service improvements during the life of the contract.
17th April 2012
Mansfield District Council has today (Tuesday 17 April) confirmed Serco Leisure will manage its leisure centres as Managing Agent to the Mansfield District Leisure Trust, following a comprehensive and highly competitive procurement process.
The Council currently operates five leisure centres – Water Meadows Swimming and Fitness Complex, Oak Tree Leisure Centre, Meden Sports Centre, River Maun Recreation Centre and Rebecca Adlington Swimming Centre.
The 10 year contract to manage Mansfield District’s five leisure centres, which has been agreed today, will begin on the 1 May 2012. The new partnership contract will include further investment in the service to introduce new innovations and programmes in order to maximise the appeal of the leisure centres for both existing and potential users.
Cllr Philip Shields, Portfolio Holder for the Environment at Mansfield District Council said: “The decision to look at alternative options for how our leisure centres are operated has not been taken lightly. We have carried out a comprehensive procurement process to ensure the selected provider can enhance our leisure facilities and provide the best value for money for the Council, the service and council tax payers.
“We look forward to working with the Mansfield District Leisure Trust to provide our residents, and those visiting from outside the District, with a quality experience when visiting our leisure centres.”
Serco Leisure is part of the ‘Serco’ Group, a FTSE 100 company with over 20 years experience in providing a comprehensive and high-quality range of health, leisure, fitness, well-being and community-focused services. Serco Leisure currently manages 68 facilities on behalf of 23 clients across the UK with a track record for improving leisure centres through investment in areas such as building infrastructure, new technologies, new marketing tools and environmental efficiencies.
"We're absolutely delighted to have been selected with the Trust as the Council's partner," says Keith Thomas, Managing Director of Serco Leisure. “Our mission in Mansfield is a simple one – provide active and healthy lifestyles for all, in a safe, warm, clean, friendly, fun environment for the local Mansfield community, at an affordable cost. To achieve this and on behalf of the Trust, we will introduce a programme of continuous innovation and improvement to enhance the value of both the facilities and the programmes.”
The partnership agreement will mean that the leisure centres will be managed by Mansfield District Leisure Trust and Serco Leisure will act as the Managing Agent. The Council will still retain ownership of the buildings and be responsible for major structural liabilities. It will also be accountable for ensuring that the service is delivered to the required standard.
The decisions to award the contract to for the management of the leisure centres to Mansfield District Leisure Trust was made by the Head of Regeneration, Leisure and Marketing, Michael Robinson.