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Wyre Forest District Council secures extra grant to help leisure facilities recover

Wyre Forest District Council has secured £200,000 from Sport England’s National Leisure Recovery Fund to support the reopening and recovery of the district’s leisure facilities.

The grant will help support the reopening of Wyre Forest Leisure Centre in April in accordance with the Government’s four step roadmap, and help leisure services recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The grant will help the council’s leisure partner Places Leisure get back to providing a full range of activities and programmes as soon as restrictions are lifted to support residents’ health and wellbeing.

Councillor Graham Ballinger, Leader of Wyre Forest District Council, said: “We have a duty and responsibility to support our leisure services through what has been a very difficult year and we want to make sure residents can benefit from the centre’s superb range of facilities as soon as restrictions are lifted.

“This money will mean that Wyre Forest Leisure Centre can reopen promptly and safely, meaning residents of Wyre Forest can once again visit the gym, take a class or go for a much-longed for swim.”

Wyre Forest District Council has also received £1,542 as part of a monitoring and evaluation grant, which will help build a richer and stronger insight into how the leisure sector is performing as it recovers from the impact of the pandemic.

To find out more visit the Wyre Forest Leisure Centre website.