Local partnership will continue to keep Watford active

A partnership that encourages people across Watford to get more active has been given the green light to continue.

Watford Borough Council has signed a contract with Everyone Active to extend their partnership for another 15 years. The agreement will see the latter continue its management of the council-owned Watford Woodside and Watford Central leisure centres, as well as Woodside Stadium, and work with the council to improve the health and well-being of the community.

The partnership first began in 2008, and the two organisations have since worked closely to get local people more active. Over 12 million visits have been made to the centres during the past decade, and every week more than 4,000 people participate in the sites’ award-winning Learn to Swim programmes.

Both Watford Woodside and Watford Central Leisure Centre are recognised as Excellent by Sport England’s leading national quality scheme Quest.

The partnership has also brought a diverse range of sporting opportunities to the borough. The centres have hosted everything from Tang Su Doo World Championships to sports days for local schools. Most recently, Watford Woodside held a hockey festival with Olympic gold medallist, Alex Danson, to engage more than 300 school children in the sport.

Millions of pounds have been invested during the partnership to improve and upgrade the centres. As part of the new agreement, Everyone Active will continue this investment and ensure people in the borough can enjoy the council’s state-of-the-art facilities for an affordable price.

“We’re really pleased with this excellent deal for Watford residents. Everyone Active is a fantastic partner, providing facilities that are as good as the private health clubs, but at an affordable price. Free swimming will be provided at Watford Central Leisure Centre between 2pm and 5pm on Sundays from June 2018, which we hope this will encourage people in Watford to lead a more active lifestyle. This is an excellent deal for everyone who uses our leisure centres and for local council tax payers.”

Deputy Mayor Cllr Peter Taylor

The new contract will commence on 7 June 2018.

“We are absolutely delighted to have extended our partnership with Watford Borough Council. Our goal is to get more people in the community active, and it is fantastic that we can continue working with the council to reach this. “I’m very proud of what’s been achieved across the course of our contract. Both centres are shining examples of community activity hubs, and I am excited to see them progress and improve over the next 15 years.”

Karl Miles, Contract Manager