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A boost for health and fitness

Friday, 17 January 2014

East Devon communities are to benefit from improved sport and leisure facilities, after Leisure East Devon, the not-for-profit organisation in charge of the district’s leisure centres, announced details of a wide-reaching restructuring project.
Now operating as LED Leisure Management Ltd, the organisation has restructured the management of its centres across East Devon and South Somerset, with the intention of improving its service to the community and boosting participation in leisure activities.
The re-brand will provide a range of new exercise classes for leisure centre and swimming pool users, as well as kick-starting development to the current facilities.
At Sidmouth Leisure Centre, improved lighting has been installed in the sports hall, and the gym has been redecorated.
“Similar work has been carried out at the Axminster Leisure Centre, with plans to extend the gym at Honiton this year also in motion.
Andrew Dare, Leisure Manager at Sidmouth Leisure Centre, said: “We are really looking forward to 2014.
“The restructure is well underway and we are confident that we can develop and grow the business, and provide new and better facilities for leisure centre users.
“The idea is to provide sporting opportunities to people across the community and we will aim to build on the existing range of cultural, sporting and physical activities throughout East Devon and South Somerset.
“We constantly welcome feedback so that we can look at programmes people will enjoy.”
Leisure facilities and equipment assets are leased to LED Leisure Management Ltd by East Devon District Council, and the organisation now manages many of the activities previously operated through the council's Leisure and Lifestyles Team.
The organisation also intends to continue its promotion of health and fitness in East Devon through its successful community outreach programme.
Projects include Walking For Health, a free scheme run by volunteers to encourage people to walk regularly, and Devon Active Communities, a three-year project funded by Sport England and Active Devon to increase sports participation in the district.
Outreach Manager Lottie Edwards, said: “Our outreach projects provide activities to a wide range of people of all ages and abilities across East Devon, and at the same time help improve levels of health, fitness and wellbeing.
“It is a privilege to be involved in such worthwhile projects.”

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