Watford Borough Council has received £181,000 from the Sport England National Leisure Recovery Fund which will allow local leisure centres to plan reopening with certainty.
The National Leisure Recovery Fund, which opened in December 2020, was established to provide a solid funding platform for the leisure sector to reopen successfully and safely.
£100 million has now been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms.
Allocations will mean that publicly-owned leisure centres and gyms can begin preparations for reopening as part of Step Two of the government’s roadmap.
As part of Step Three, indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will be permitted to resume from no earlier than May 17. The lifting of restrictions will be subject to approval.
Chris Fennell, Head of Leisure and Environmental Services at Watford Borough Council said: “This is fantastic news for our leisure centres. Our residents have been waiting a long time for our gyms, swimming pools and other sports facilities to reopen, and the wait is almost over. The grant will help ensure we can reopen promptly and with the greatest possible choice of Covid-secure activities on offer at our centres in Watford.”
To find out more about the fund, visit sportengland.org/nlrf.