Published: 22nd Mar 2021

A total of £100m has now been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support leisure centres and gyms, according to government figures. The National Leisure Recovery Fund, which opened in December, was established to provide a solid funding platform for the leisure sector to successfully reopen. It has been funded by the government and managed by Sport England. The fund was launched after district councils warned leisure centres could be forced to close their doors for good, unless the government provided extra support. Leisure centres and gyms will be permitted to re-open their doors to the public no earlier than 12 April for individual socially distanced use, according to current government guidelines. ‘We know that local authorities have faced significant financial pressure as a result of the pandemic so this £100m for leisure will be vital in helping them recover,’ said sports minister, Nigel Huddleston. ‘Communities across England … (To read the full article, subscribe below)