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Public leisure services in Stockton-upon-Tees are receiving nationwide backing with the launch of Community Leisure UK.

The association of charitable trusts and social enterprises is focusing a national campaign on supporting the retention and development of public leisure and culture facilities and services, including those managed by Tees Active.

The trust model, which invests every penny generated back into community services and facilities, has proven successful across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The umbrella organisation for trusts, Community Leisure UK – formerly Sporta – is committed to supporting Tees Active and our local partners in our vision to improve the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our communities, breaking down barriers to social inclusion and supporting all ages.

Cate Atwater, Chief Executive of Community Leisure UK, explained: “The charitable trust model has helped to develop and protect our public services in tough economic times, ensuring every penny of income goes back into your community. Communities need local, public leisure services, delivered by those who put the needs of their locality first.”

Leon Jones, Tees Active Managing Director stated: “We have a strong passion to develop our services to be suitable for and supportive of every person in our community, and while that can sometimes have challenges, it’s one we’re committed to, and working with our employees and partners across Stockton-on-Tees to achieve that.

“Community Leisure UK is working on our behalf with government, health and other key partners so that we can all work together to deliver our services, and we are committed to working with partners across the UK to ensure we can deliver the best facilities and services to support the health and wellbeing of current and future generations in and around Stockton-on-Tees.

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