Leisure Operators gather at the University

24 representatives of Hertfordshire’s Leisure Operators recently gathered at the University of Hertfordshire for the biannual meeting of the Hertfordshire Leisure Operators Forum – coordinated by the Herts Sports and Physical Activity Partnership (HSP).

Delegates received presentations from a few sector related organisations including Swim England, Public Health Hertfordshire and Ros Cramp, Hertfordshire’s Disability Sports Officer.

The Forum was established to enable HSP – the Active Partnership for Hertfordshire – to disseminate key messages coming down from government through Sport England; to share good practice from around the county and beyond; and to flag up opportunities to those running Hertfordshire’s leisure centres, swimming pools and associated facilities.

Delegates enjoyed a visit from YOCI – the mascot for the Hertfordshire Year of Culture 2020 – and a presentation about this initiative from Nick Denham of the Herts Music Service.

In reflecting on the recent event, HSP Partnership Director, John O’Callaghan said:

“We are very lucky in Hertfordshire to have such a group of committed and innovative facility managers representing the full range of organisations that now run our leisure centres and swimming pools on behalf of our local authorities.

I continue to be impressed by how receptive the group are in embracing new initiatives and putting added social value at the forefront of their day-to-day work. It is hugely encouraging to see that ethos prevail against a backdrop of onerous financial targets that face operators of these facilities.”

The next meeting of the group is scheduled for Tuesday 10th March 2020 and any other leisure operators that may be interested in being part of this group should contact Kelly Fagan at HSP on k.fagan@herts.ac.uk.