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Charity picked to run South Hams leisure centres

A CHARITY has been selected as the preferred leisure operator for South Hams and West Devon.
The two local authorities have announced that, subject to approval by full council, the preferred operator for leisure centres across both districts, including those in Kingsbridge, Ivybridge and Dartmouth, is Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity devoted to encouraging participation in sport and physical activity which has been operating across the UK since 2000.
Cllr Hilary Bastone said: ’Firstly a huge well done to Fusion. The competition was tough, we saw some fantastic operators who were very experienced, but ultimately we were all agreed that Fusion would offer our leisure users an excellent service.
’It has been a pleasure to sit alongside my fellow councillors at West Devon, on the leisure procurement board. Our joint vision for good quality health and wellbeing leisure services across both areas is a commitment to our residents that we want the best for them and we are both confident that we have found that in Fusion.’
Fusion Lifestyle is a registered charity, which means that all of the money that they receive is used to enhance and develop services and facilities.
Peter Kay, Fusion Lifestyle’s chief executive officer, said: ’We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as preferred operator and we are looking forward to developing a long and successful partnership with the two councils. Fusion is committed to the principle of delivering high quality services and facilities which are inclusive and accessible to all members of the local communities. We will work closely with existing customers and new users to deliver facility developments and service improvements.’
If both South Ham District Council and West Devon Borough Council approve the appointment of Fusion Lifestyle as the new leisure provider the service will commence on December 1.
The contract will be in operation over a period of 25 years and will deliver a sustainable service with controlled costs and clear community benefit outcomes, achieve reductions and minimise revenue costs and draw in significant investment and development of the leisure centres.

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