Date published: 14th December 2018

The contractor which will provide services at North Norfolk District Council’s leisure facilities from April 1st 2019 has been announced as Everyone Active, part of Sports and Leisure Management.

The announcement comes after a thorough procurement process for the Council’s leisure contract, which was advertised to potential contractors in April 2018.

The decision to award the contract was made at a meeting of North Norfolk District Council’s Cabinet on December 3rd, where the successful applicant was named as ‘Bidder X’ due to confidentiality rules. The name of that successful bidder has been announced today as Everyone Active following a standard 10-day ‘standstill’ period.

The ten-year leisure management contract will see Everyone Active responsible for the management of the following facilities:

  • The Victory Swim and Fitness Centre in North Walsham
  • The Fakenham Sports and Fitness Centre
  • The Splash Leisure and Fitness Centre in Sheringham
  • The dual use sports centre at North Walsham High School
  • The dual use sports centre at Stalham Academy
  • The dual use sports centre at Cromer Academy

The average annual saving over the life of the contract is in excess of £300,000 and this reduction is helping to finance the provision of the new Sheringham Leisure Centre.

Cllr Sarah Bütikofer, Leader of North Norfolk District Council and Leader of the Liberal Democrat Group, said: “We are delighted to be working with Everyone Active on this exciting new contract.

“We believe in giving everyone the opportunity to live an active and healthy lifestyle."

Cllr John Lee, Leader of the Conservative Group, said: “I’m delighted that we’ve finally got this contract in place, after a very thorough process involving members and officers.

“It gives North Norfolk’s leisure facilities certainty moving ahead and provides a significant financial saving for the Council, well done to everyone involved.”

Cllr John Rest, Leader of the Independent Group, said: “After a very careful and in depth process to procure this contract I would like to congratulate Everyone Active on their successful bid and I look forward to them operating the leisure contract for North Norfolk District Council.”

Dan Hicks, Everyone Active’s area contract manager, said: “North Norfolk District Council has invested heavily into the district’s leisure facilities recently, which includes the upcoming construction of state-of-the-art facility in Sheringham. We are both thrilled and excited that they have chosen Everyone Active to operate their six facilities and support them to build a healthier, more active community in the future.

“Everyone Active has more than 30-years’ experience of managing community facilities right across the UK and we look forward to bringing those same high-standards to the leisure facilities and services in North Norfolk over the next 10 years.”

The council has also thanked the existing contractors Places For People for all they have done for more than 20 years, where an excellent reputation has been developed for delivering high quality public leisure facilities.

All staff at the six facilities will be transferred over to the new contract under TUPE Regulations, which preserve employees' terms and conditions when a business is transferred to a new employer. This means staff currently employed at the six centres, either by the current contract holder or North Norfolk District Council, will continue to be employed but by the new contractor.

Last updated: 13th February 2019