Select Committee on Transport, Local Government and the Regions Memoranda

Annex 1: Case Studies

  1.  Croydon Leisure PPP

  The Croydon sports strategy identified the dilapidated condition of the Council's existing leisure facilities and demonstrated that the Borough was severely lacking in dry side sports facilities such as sports halls.

  The PPP scheme will enable a new wet and dry leisure centre to be developed on the site of the old Thornton Heath Pool, a new leisure centre to replace South Norwood Pool, the refurbishment of two other existing pools in the Borough at Purley and New Addington and to upgrade the Sports Arena.

  The scheme provides for up to £20 million of private and public sector capital investment with the Council placing a strong emphasis on social inclusion via the setting of key targets for participation. The private sector will be providing a full design, build, finance and operate service.

  2.  Powerleague—Developing quality football facilities in partnership with local schools

  Powerleague is the UK's largest operator of five a side football facilities. It currently has 22 sites and attracts well over 100,000 customers each week. In many instances, Powerleague works with local authorities and organisations to provide facilities which benefit the whole community.

  One example is the Powerleague Centre at the local authority controlled secondary school, Slough and Eton Church of England School. The state of the art centre has 10 floodlit, outdoor all-weather pitches and high quality changing facilities, and free to hire function facilities. In a unique partnership arrangement, pupils at the school have exclusive access to the facilities in term time with the centre open to the public in the evening and at weekends. The school also received a cash injection from Powerleague to enable it to develop other sports facilities.

  The site has provided a major boost to the game at grass roots level and has considerably improved sporting facilities within the community. Powerleague works closely with the local community and has formed links with youth groups, schools and local organisations which now have access to facilities they would not normally have.

  3.  David Lloyd Tennis—Developing Junior Tennis Talent

  David Lloyd Leisure, a division of Whitbread Plc, has around 260,000 members in the UK. It has over 520 tennis courts within its 45 clubs, of which over half are indoors.

  The Junior Programme runs in 35 of David Lloyd Leisure's clubs and is open to members and non-members alike. Approximately 8,000 children play on a weekly basis. A typical course costs £27 for six weeks. At a cost of £4.50 per hour, this brings tennis into an affordable bracket and away from its middle class expensive traditions. David Lloyd Leisure supplies qualified coaches with specialist equipment and works on a ratio of 1:6. This enables children from the age of four to develop racquet skills.

  Selected talented eight year olds receive group and individual lessons at David Lloyd Leisure clubs as part of "8x8 squads" in a joint initiative with the Lawn Tennis Association. Around 280 performance children participate within David Lloyd Leisure clubs each week. In January 2002, David Lloyd Leisure will launch the Lawn Tennis Association National Junior Tennis Awards Scheme. This will give children around the country an opportunity to obtain badges and national rankings in a similar manner to swimming badges.

  In partnership with the Sunday Telegraph, David Lloyd Leisure has developed the Sunday Telegraph Junior Roadshow. The roadshow travels around the 35 participating clubs from April through to August. This provides the opportunity for children from all around the country and from all backgrounds to play tennis and receive a goodie bag and a T-shirt free of charge. In the last three years, over 6,000 children have participated in the roadshows at David Lloyd Leisure.

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