New and improved sports facilities have been given the green light to be delivered on the new health and wellbeing campus at the former Burnholme Community College site.
With approval of the Council’s Executive, the Council will now spend £2.45 million to allow the facilities to be open for 75 hours a week, up a considerable 55 hours from the current levels of service. These new facilities will include a fitness gym, which will be fitted with accessible equipment to target our least active residents. In addition to the gym, there will also be a junior gymnastics coaching programme, improved sports pitches, free open access to the grounds and the centre will become home to York’s GP exercise referral programme.
Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), which already operates Energise and Yearsley pool, will now work with the council on refurbishment as part of the new contract. However, as result of a successful amendment proposed by Liberal Democrat Executive Member, Cllr Nigel Ayre, all current users of the sports facilities will be protected as the centre transitions to GLL.
Cllr Nigel Ayre, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Tourism, said:
“Now that the Executive has agreed to invest an additional £2.45 million in the Burnholme Community College site, we can take significant steps to improve the sporting and leisure offer in York, complementing the existing services already on offer at Energise, Yearsley and soon to be, the Community Stadium.”
“I am pleased that the Executive agreed to support my amendment and protect existing users of the current facilities during the transition.”
“This investment maintains the our record on supporting leisure services in the city, having opened the new pool at Energise; a new pool in partnership with the University at York Sports Village; saving Yearsley Pool and providing it with £1 million investment; securing consultation on New Earswick Pool; providing new athletics facilities at the Community Stadium and working with York St. John to deliver new facilities on Haxby Road.”
“The Liberal Democrats are absolutely committed to creating new opportunities for more inclusive sport and fitness facilities, building on these previous successes to improve residents’ health and fitness across York.”