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Swansea set to extend support for Covid-hit key leisure partners

LC, Swansea

The council is set to extend the pandemic support it gives to key partner organisations that help deliver leisure services to people across the area.

A meeting of the cabinet on September 15 is to be asked to agree new financial backing for the bodies that run operations such as the LC, leisure centres and the Wales National Pool.

Such services help the council in its aim to create an active and healthy Swansea.

Cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “The impact of Covid-19 continues; we want our leisure partnerships to be sustainable so it’s important that we support them.”

Ongoing challenges leading to lower revenues include changes of habit amongst the public, more people working from home and increased staff costs.

Guidance from the Welsh Local Government Association and the leisure industry during Covid was that financial assistance from local authorities would be critical. Swansea Council has continued to follow the advice and guidance.

The LC and the community leisure centres are council-owned facilities used by thousands of people every week. They are run by not-for-profit trust Freedom Leisure.

The Wales National Pool is jointly funded by the council and Swansea University. The pool had to close temporarily to help the country tackle Covid.