Decision details

One-off Grant Awards for Dual Use Leisure Centres Post Covid

Decision Maker: Lead Cabinet member for Finance

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


Grants Advisory Committee (GAC) met on the 28th May 2021 to recommend to the Lead Cabinet Member for Finance the criteria and evaluation methodology for applicants of the one-off Dual Use Leisure Facility Grant Funding.  A sum of £50,000 had been allocated by the Council for Health and Wellbeing from within the Central Government funding for Local Authorities with the purpose of mitigating the impacts of Covid-19.

Following discussion between Officers and Lead Members it was proposed that the most effective use of this funding would be to help improve the leisure facility offer with the aim of encouraging the return of existing facility members and attract new membership, thereby promoting exercise and health and wellbeing post-Covid. These leisure centres have largely remained closed for the past year.  They are all valued local community assets which promote community cohesion, physical and mental health and wellbeing.

It is anticipated that a small investment into the décor and the introduction of updated equipment and / or facility hire will help to encourage the return of members, provide an attractive offer for new members and help breathe new life into these facilities.

It was recommended that the grants be assessed by officers and signed off by the Lead Member for Finance.


11 dual use centres are eligible for this scheme of which 7 centres applied for funding.  










All applications were thoroughly reviewed. The agreed grant allocations were given as follows:



Awarded amount









An award of £8,000 has been recommended. This is less than the requested amount. The panel felt that some of the general maintenance costs should be met by other sources of funding. The panel agreed to fund the refurbishment of the treadmill, the purchase of 2 new treadmills, repairs to the trampoline and repairs to the fitness suite floor.








Swavesey demonstrated clear plans to innovate and promote, including introducing chair-based exercise programmes and Nordic walking, offering a diverse range of activities inside and out. Awarding the full amount of £14,100 is recommended.








A group of community activists are in the process of setting up a charity with plans to take on the management of the gym. Some pieces of equipment are about 20 years old. Plans include decoration of gym plus lease arrangement for 2 years and small items of equipment to assist with Exercise on Referral. Awarding the full amount of £7,454 is recommended.








Detail was provided around how the centre would like to further benefit the GP referral scheme as well as attract new non-exercising members to the sports centre. The funding would be used to purchase equipment that can be used for the GP referral scheme but also bolster their current offering to gym members and users and included a variety of gym equipment. An award of £8,589.63 is recommended.








The application made up of 2 parts. Part 1 -The centre is working closely with the Council to become the pilot for a modified exercise on referral scheme with clear plans to promote the scheme and innovative ideas to extend current offer. Part 2 of the application included a desire to offer a hospital rehab package. However the application did not include an outline business plan for this project. It is  recommend grant funding is awarded for part 1 of their application £5,817.80.









The Centre described clear plans to increase activities and promote the exercise on referral scheme by investing in the training of 2 new members of staff and numerous items of low cost equipment.  It is recommended that the full £3,372 is awarded.









The Centre described clear plans re-introduce Exercise on Referral to encourage new clients from the community. The application also contained clear plans to promote services including case studies of success stories. The Centre plans to extend its operating hours and the application includes the training of 2 new members of staff and equipment. It is recommended that that the total grant of £2666.57 is awarded (80% reflective of South Cambridgeshire District Council uptake).


Reasons for the decision:

The reasons are provided in the Summary section outlined above.

Alternative options considered:


Publication date: 14/07/2021

Date of decision: 14/07/2021

Effective from: 22/07/2021

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