Council leisure services to end at Manningtree Sports Centre as school looks to manage facility

Thursday, 22 July, 2021
Manningtree Sports Centre

Leisure services provided by Tendring District Council (TDC) will end this month at Manningtree Sports Centre.

The school will keep the facility open for community use outside of school times.

It is anticipated that TDC-run leisure services will cease from Sunday, 1 August.

Alex Porter, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said the move was hopefully the start of a new chapter for the site.

“While our leisure team run excellent services at Manningtree Sports Centre, having a facility such as this run by the community – and crucially the organisation which owns the building – can be a real positive,” Councillor Porter said.

“Although the school has decided to do this, I must be clear that we support their decision and we are really pleased that the school will continue to offer community use of the facilities.”

Sally Morris, MHS Headteacher, said the transition would lead to an enhanced offer.

“Over the last two years the facilities at MHS have been enhanced by the building of a performing arts centre which contains a dance and drama studio,” Mrs Morris said.

“The multi-use games area is already being hired out for public use, with football, netball and cheerleading groups currently using the various amenities here, as well as holiday schemes and a music school.

“MHS is making all its facilities available for community hire for sports and leisure activities. The dance studio is ideal for fitness, yoga or martial arts classes, while the two sports halls are bookable for sports groups and our new drama studio is a first-class rehearsal space.

“We want our buildings to be a community resource and feel we can enhance our offer by managing the lettings ourselves.”

TDC leisure services at Manningtree include use of two sports halls, used for sessions such as gymnastics and fitness classes, and a gym – which due to the ventilation system has not re-opened since the Covid-19 pandemic began. The sports centre is open after school, at weekends and in school holidays.

TDC leisure members can continue to access these services at TDC’s other leisure centres, while staff at the sports centre will be offered positions at TDC’s other leisure centres; consultation with them is ongoing.

Further details will be sent to leisure centre members in due course.

Last updated on: 22/07/2021 - 14:48