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Trust set up to run area leisure centres
TWO leisure centres in the Knutsford area are to be looked after by a new trust.
Cheshire East Council has decided to set up a new body to control the borough’s leisure centres, including the one on Westfield Drive in Knutsford and Holmes Chapel’s on Selkirk Drive.
And as such the authority is on the lookout for directors to head up their new Everybody Sport and Recreation Trust.
The new trust will come into being in early 2014 and will replace the current delivery model of council-run leisure centres and swimming pools and leisure development services.
The council – which first revealed its plans for leisure centres in the borough in July 2010 – said the aim was to improve services with a ‘greater focus on improving the health and wellbeing of the young and vulnerable’.
Council leader Clr Michael Jones, who has overseen the creation of the new sports delivery model, said: “This is a truly exciting time for the council.
“The way we deliver services will mean that our communities will benefit from a much more inclusive leisure service.”
A total of 11 trustees will be appointed to the board and the deadline for applying is noon on October 7.
Trustees should demonstrate a high level of interest in sport, recreation and health and be able to attract inward investment and have the ability to work as part of a team.
Clr Jones added: “The newly appointed trustees should represent the views of residents and the business acumen and links in the business and local community.”
Further information on the service and to apply for a position visit cheshireeast.gov.uk/leisureoptions What do you think about Knutsford Leisure Centre being looked after by a trust?
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