Community group granted 25-year lease of £7.5m Kidsgrove Sports Centre

The centre will open its doors once again for the first time in five years this Spring

Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council has agreed a 25-year lease with a registered charity for the operation of Kidsgrove Sports Centre, which is currently being revamped.

The Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group (KSCCG) will run the service once the £7.5million rejuvenation work has been completed in early Spring.

Kidsgrove Sports Centre was transferred to the council from previous owner Staffordshire County Council in late 2020.

It had closed in 2017 but the revamp plans have prompted a lot of excitement with the local community. Construction works are being carried out by contractor Willmott Dixon.

The centre will feature a new 25-metre swimming pool, a gym, a dance studio, changing areas and a physio room.

The project has by financied by the council with further funding coming from from Kidsgrove’s advanced Town Deal.

KSCCG has also received £9,720 from the National Lottery Community Fund.

This will allow for the installation of a community hub and café which will provide free Wi-Fi and tablets on-site. The aim of this will be to help “tackle digital and social exclusion.”

The initiative has furthermore secured support and funding from Sport England, Cricket Staffordshire and The Football Foundation.


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We understand importance of Kidsgrove Sports Centre

Mark Clews, chair of Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group, said he was overjoyed with the news.

“We are absolutely delighted to conclude and agree a long-term lease for Kidsgrove Sports Centre, which firmly now places ownership of the centre at the heart of the community,” he said.

“I would like to thank the Council for the way they have worked constructively to conclude this process alongside the support they have provided throughout.

“We fully understand the importance of Kidsgrove Sports Centre and its impact on improving physical, social and mental well-being.

“This is why we are delighted that the fully refurbished sports centre will provide affordable facilities accessible for all.”

Council Leader Simon Tagg said: “The Council’s agreement to enter into a long-term lease with Kidsgrove Sports Centre Community Group is another major milestone.

“This has been a complex project, with many hurdles to overcome. But with a great deal of hard work and determination from both sides, I’m delighted to say that the reopening of a new and significantly improved sports centre is just around the corner.”

You can follow the progress of the refurbishment on the KSCCG Facebook by clicking here.

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