Investment and jobs secured with 40 year leisure deal

Published Tuesday, 16 April 2019

Picture caption, from left to right: - Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of Mytime Active; Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing; Mark Oakley, Mytime Active Chairman of the Board of Trustees

A healthier, happier future for the wellbeing of Bromley.

Mytime Active and The London Borough of Bromley have agreed a landmark deal which entrusts the Bromley leisure services remit to Mytime Active for the next 40 years. The social enterprise, which has operated the council owned leisure facilities in Bromley since 2004, has been granted the long-term leases to 12 facilities in the borough until 2059.

Effective from 1st April 2019, Mytime Active will run the sites which offer swimming, gyms, golf, bowling and soft play as well as social and health programmes. As a social enterprise, Mytime Active is reinvesting £2.5m over the next three years across the facilities. The new partnership provides job security for more than 750 people employed by Mytime Active in the Bromley area.

Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of Mytime Active says: “We were created to run the leisure services in Bromley and are proud of all that we have achieved since. This agreement is a huge next step for Mytime Active and the confidence that the council have in us. We are now in a position to develop the facilities and services we offer on a long-term basis and are delighted that Mytime Active will play a significant role in improving the wellbeing of neighbourhoods in Bromley for generations to come.”

Councillor Peter Morgan, Bromley’s Executive Councillor for Renewal and Recreation says: “This long term agreement gives certainty for Mytime Active so that they can build, develop and invest in the much valued and popular leisure services in operation across the Borough and I am really pleased that we have been able to do this. We value our partnership with Mytime Active, which we will continue to build on in the coming years. This latest agreement delivers value for council taxpayers, supports the local economy whilst also delivering a range of recreational activities, with the health and fitness benefits connected with this.”

Mytime Active’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of local neighbourhoods, making it simple for everyone to get more out of life through the provision of affordable and accessible facilities and services. As an award-winning social enterprise, Mytime Active reinvests all surplus back into the facilities and services. It also runs a grants scheme which, to date has funded 135 organisations, distributing £124,000 to sports clubs and community groups.

More than 3.5 million visits are made a year to Mytime Active sites and services in the Bromley area which in addition to swimming, leisure and golf also include:

  • Dedicated programmes to support targeted groups such as the over 60s and new mums

  • Successful exercise referral programmes tailored for older people; HeartSmart and Fresh Start

  • A pioneering golf on referral programme for people with long term health conditions

  • Essential wrap around childcare and holiday clubs supporting working parents

  • Support for community projects including the award-winning Arts Train

  • Creation of fun, active events for the community including the Bromley Santa Dash

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Picture caption, from left to right: - Marg Mayne, Chief Executive of Mytime Active; Councillor Peter Morgan, Executive Councillor for Renewal, Recreation and Housing; Mark Oakley, Mytime Active Chairman of the Board of Trustees

NOTES TO EDITORS

For information, images and case studies please contact: Joanna Lum, Joanna.Lum@mytimeactive.co.uk

Mytime Active is an independent social enterprise making it simple for people to get more out of life by moving more, eating better, smiling, laughing and making new friends. Its mission is to improve wellbeing through its range of more than 100 accessible services including swimming, gyms, golf, bowling, social and health programmes at more than 24 locations across Bromley, the Midlands and the South. It reinvests its profits in the long term wellbeing of the local neighbourhoods it serves and to date has helped hundreds of thousands of people to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.

Mytime Active sites in Bromley:

  • The Pavilion Leisure Centre
  • The Spa at Beckenham

  • Walnuts Leisure Centre

  • West Wickham Leisure Centre

  • Bromley Golf Centre

  • Biggin Hill Swimming Pool

  • Darrick Wood Swimming Pool

  • High Elms Golf Course

  • Great Hall, Crofton Halls and Beckenham Public Hall

  • Diddy Dinos Pre-School, Crystal Palace

For media enquiries, please contact Andrew Rogers, Bromley’s Communications Executive, on 020 8461 7670 or email andrew.rogers@bromley.gov.uk or Joanna Lum, Mytime Active Brand Manager by email Joanna.Lum@mytimeactive.co.uk