Boost for Bedford leisure
Investment from sport and leisure management charity gives Bedford
leisure facilities a further boost
Bedford residents hoping to get fit and active in 2014 will be
excited to hear that from this weekend, experienced sport and
leisure management charity, Fusion Lifestyle, will be taking over
the operation of eight of the borough’s leisure facilities.
A newly agreed ten-year partnership between Bedford Borough Council
and Fusion Lifestyle will see management of six leisure facilities,
(Bedford International Athletic Stadium, the Bunyan Centre,
Mowsbury Golf and Squash Complex, Robinson Pool, Kempston Pool and
Oasis Pool), and two outdoor activity centres at Kempston and Blue
Peris in Snowdonia, handed over on 1st February.
To celebrate the handover of the operation of the facilities,
Fusion Lifestyle will be holding an open weekend on 22nd and 23rd
February at seven of the sites (excluding Blue Peris Outdoor
Activity Centre) giving local residents the chance to try out some
of the activities on offer.
As well as safeguarding the long-term future of the eight
facilities, Fusion will also be investing over £3m into improving
and upgrading the sites in the early stages of the contract,
including £1.2million at the Bunyan Centre.
Tim Mills, Director of Business Development for Fusion
Lifestyle, said: “We are delighted to be taking on the management
of Bedford Borough’s leisure facilities, and look forward to
improving and extending the sport and leisure facilities and
services available to the local community.
“With such a great range of activities to take part in, I’d urge
everyone to go along to their local centre during the open weekend
to find out more about what’s on offer to them.”
Cllr Doug McMurdo, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at
Bedford Borough Council said: “It’s great to be able to reassure
residents of the borough that along with new capital investment in
our Leisure sites these facilities will be maintained and operated
to a high standard over the next 10 years by our new Leisure
As part of the contract, Fusion Lifestyle will be launching a new
website to help the public make the most of the facilities
available. www.bedfordleisure.com (website
goes live from 1st February) will host online
timetables for each of the centres, allow you to book sessions
online, and even sign up to become a member online.