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"After a positive cabinet meeting on the 19th of December, where the council voted in favour of the transfer, we continue to positively move forward with reopening the leisure centre. We now have several key members of our leadership team in place. They, along with the board members are now working through all the process and policy documentation that are required by the council for handover.
While we would love to commit to a date, we remain unable to at this time. However, we are confident we will be open within the next 3 months. We appreciate all of your encouragement during this complex process, and we ask you remain patient and continue to support us. We hear how keen you are to get signed up our facilities and clubs, and we will be launching our sign-up process in a matter of weeks. Publishing timetables and full pricing for all the facilities in the new leisure centre is a top priority, so stay tuned for more updates coming soon."
Read the latest Chronicle article on the delayed reopening here.
Gateshead Active was founded by people committed to the sustainable reopening of Gateshead Leisure Centre through a Community Asset Transfer (CAT).
Gateshead Active comprises of the following directors, Robert Waugh, Billu Kakkar and Denise Robson, and (formerly) Simon Mcilwraith. We also have a wider committee, which includes Clive Wisby, Johnathan Klajn, Julie McCracken, Helen Gladstone, Mick Armstrong, Kevin Berry, Lynn, Wales, Ian Gray and David Vissenga.
The initial business plan was developed alongside Social Enterprise Acumen and incorporated the views of local residents. The business plan was updated in collaboration with Right Directions, with feedback from Gateshead Council.
Gateshead Active is committed to balancing sustainability with community interests. Gateshead Active was founded as a limited company with charitable objectives but soon plans to achieve full charity status in early 2024.
We have successfully applied for substantial funding from various sources, including over £100k from the Swimming Pool Support Fund. We want to offer special thanks to all those who donated to our 2023 Crowd Funder. With special mention for Kaizen Karate Club and their significant fundraising efforts.
Contact us if you would like any further information on the Gateshead Active business plan.
Meet Denise Robson, Director of Gateshead Active. Find out a little about her and why she became so involved with Gateshead Active.
Denise also provides some important updates on what to expect from Gateshead Active when the centre opens in early 2024.
Watch this video to learn about the exciting plans for returning, as well as brand new, facilities and Gateshead Active's commitment to being a space for the whole community.
Meet the groups and clubs who plan on making Gateshead Active their home when we open. We can't wait to be hosting so many brilliant community organisations and facilitators!
Class and activity timetables are not yet finalised but we will share this information on social media and the website as soon as it is ready.
Includes anytime swimming and all wet side classes, steam room and sauna. (Pool opening is initially expected to be between 6am and 10pm Monday to Friday with weekends TBC.)
Access to the gym and classes on the dry side, and access to the steam room and sauna. (27/7 access will not be immediately available, but is something we are working towards, with extended opening of the centre in the meanwhile.)
This membership will include everything from the previous two membership options above, and also includes entry into our weekly prize draws and gives 10% off all other activities in Gateshead Leisure Centre.
You will be able to pay for memberships via monthly direct debit. Sign ups will be open once the new Gateshead Active website is completed, or come and see us in person when we open soon. Memberships are on an individual basis, unfortunately we cannot offer a discounted family or couples/joint membership at this time.
More to follow, but as of 29.11.23 we can announce the following:
These are covered by the memberships above as well as pay as you go prices (TBC). Tours and day passes will be available to new members. We plan to open the gym 24/7 and pool 6am-10pm weekdays (weekends TBC).
Gateshead Active will host swimming lessons from an external provider. The badminton sessions and squash court will also be part of the initial opening and available for hire.
We will soon be welcoming returning and new groups and clubs such as basketball, rugby and karate. A class timetable will be confirmed by the centre manager as soon as possible.
A revamped café space, operated by Gateshead Active, will serve the community, offering a safe warm space to relax and enjoy Gateshead Leisure Centre.
Gateshead Leisure Centre will still welcome our youngest users and families. There will be plenty of welcoming spaces for families including soft play and Clip 'n' Climb. We eventually plan to offer on-site creche facilities.
Gateshead Leisure Centre will again be a welcoming venue for a wide range of external activities. From local clubs to national competitions, we look forward to hosting regular sessions as well as one off events.