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MHDC secures future of Tenbury Swimming Pool

Malvern Hills District Council has successfully procured a 10 year leisure management contract for the Tenbury Swimming Pool. The chosen leisure operator, Freedom Leisure, will work directly with Tenbury Community Pool Limited, owners of Tenbury Swimming Pool, to manage and operate the facility. In addition to this, the council has also confirmed its commitment to provide a 5 year grant to Tenbury Community Pool Limited commencing 1 April 2015.

Cllr Phil Grove, Portfolio Holder with responsibility for Leisure and Health & Wellbeing, said: "We are delighted that through working with Tenbury Community Pool Limited we have managed to secure the long term future of Tenbury Swimming Pool for the benefit of its local community. This has included securing substantial investment in capital improvements to the facility and equipment by the chosen leisure operator, Freedom Leisure."

Val Hayllor, Director of Tenbury Community Pool said: "We were very impressed with the submission made by Freedom Leisure. They have expertise in running similar facilities and an excellent track record of working directly with charities. We look forward to working with them over the coming years."

Val added: "None of this would have been possible without the continued support from Malvern Hills District Council, both in terms of procuring this contract on our behalf and providing the grant funding to enable us to appoint Freedom Leisure."

Ivan Horsfall-Turner, Freedom Leisure's Managing Director, said: "We are delighted to be working with Tenbury Community Pool. We will bring a modern and relevant leisure management operation to Tenbury Pool to ensure that we jointly achieve the key outcomes of Tenbury Community Pool Limited, including improving the quality of life of the community, increasing participation in sports and wellness programmes, reducing obesity, narrowing health inequalities and tackling climate change. Most importantly we recognise the need to increase revenue and reduce energy expenditure to make Tenbury Swimming Pool sustainable beyond the initial 5 year grant provided by the council in support of this contract."