Today Wyre Council has submitted a bid for much needed money from the National Leisure Recovery Fund to support the reopening of Fylde Coast YMCA leisure centres and swimming pools in the borough.
Launched by Sport England, the £100 million fund will support eligible public sector leisure centres to reopen, giving the sport and physical activity sector the best chance of recovery to a position of sustainable operation over the medium term.
Councillor Lynne Bowen, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Health and Community Engagement at Wyre Council comments, “So far we have provided the YMCA with just under £1 million of additional funding since June 2020 to enable them to continue providing leisure facilities in our area. If we are successful in our bid, this money will go towards enabling us to support the YMCA in reopening centres following lockdown, including the reopening of further swimming provision in Wyre, something which has always been our goal.
“At the moment all leisure centres in England are closed due to lockdown restrictions. We are keeping the situation under review and once this position changes we will work with the YMCA to discuss and formulate reopening plans. We expect to hear in February whether our bid has been successful and this will form a key part of these discussions. We appreciate the support of the public for the leisure centres and their concerns that the YMCA have been unable to reopen all their facilities. Please be reassured that we are working hard with the YMCA to lobby government, bid for funding and to look at ways to reopen as many leisure facilities as possible, when it is viable to do so.”
Fylde Coast YMCA is contracted to operate the leisure centres in Wyre on behalf of the council.
To keep up to date with information about reopening and membership offers go to www.ymcayactive.org