A local leisure centre has been crowned ‘excellent’

Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre, which is operated by Everyone Active in partnership with Mid Suffolk District Council, is celebrating after being named as an excellent facility by an external assessor.

The centre was awarded the status of ‘excellent’ by Quest, the UK’s Quality Scheme for sports and leisure, after undergoing a rigorous inspection and interview process.

The award is assessed on core modules including, community outcomes, customer experience and insight, team and skills development, cleaning and housekeeping, maintenance and equipment, environment, planning to improve and health and safety.

Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre offers a wide-range of activities that encourage everyone in the local community to improve their health and wellbeing. The Quest report highlighted that Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre delivers an ‘excellent’ service that engages with children and older people in the community.

These activities include chair-based exercise classes and walking sports for the older members in the community, and a fantastic Playworld and Summer Playworld facility for youngsters.

The centre boasts a 60-station fitness suite, which houses the latest cardio-vascular and strength training equipment, and a 25m, six lane swimming pool which offers a number of aquatic activities including Swim England accredited swimming lessons.

Anselm Gurney, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “We are delighted that Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre has been classified as ‘excellent’. We are committed to offering high-quality facilities and an extensive range of activities that encourage everyone, regardless of their age or ability, to become more active, more often.

“This award recognises the services we provide at the centre, but also the work we do alongside our partners in the community to improve the health and wellbeing of Stowmarket’s residents. I am incredibly proud of the team at Mid Suffolk for what we have achieved and the difference we are making to people’s lives on a daily basis.”

Cllr Diana Kearsley, Mid Suffolk District Council Lead Member for Health and Wellbeing said, “This is a fantastic achievement by the whole team at the Mid Suffolk Leisure Centre and I would like to pass on my congratulations to everyone involved.  We encourage all those who live and work in Mid Suffolk to lead more active lives and leisure centres play a huge role in helping people to do this.  For those who haven’t yet been along to see for themselves what is on offer, we hope they will now be keen to see these first class facilities and start to enjoy the many benefits of taking exercise.”