Open at 6am

For us at Crook Community Leisure this is great news we will be reopening on Monday at 6 00am. There has been a thorough cleaning of the premises and Covid 19 protections including a one-way system, hand sanitiser stations, machines at appropriate social distance.

The Trustees and Staff at Crook Community Leisure would like to place on record our sincere thanks for your continuing support. A number of you volunteered to continue with your monthly subscriptions during the lockdown and whilst we very much appreciated the fabulous gesture decided not to accept the offer. Thank you for sticking with us,  your support is extremely important to us.

Future Plans

Our plans for the future are continuing to take shape with a planning application having been lodged for the Affordable Rented Accommodation:

The affordable, rental accommodation aimed at veterans, the disabled and the wider community has been through a Housing Needs Survey, out for consultation and has now been submitted in a planning application. CCL will be working with a Housing Provider on the project. All monies will be ploughed into providing additional facilities by way of additional space, offices, swimming pool and a 3G facility suitable for football, rugby, hockey and other outdoor activities.

As previously stated all trustees are volunteers, none of the Trustees receive or have received any payment for their time or expenses, nor are any trustees paid a salary.

Leisure Transformation Plan – Update

Crook Community Leisure was as disappointed as everyone when Crook was not mentioned in the Durham County Council’s Leisure Transformation Plan which was initially published in January and presented to the AAP later in 2020.

Notwithstanding this, County Councillor Andrea Patterson encouraged everyone to respond to the Leisure Consultation referencing that we needed a swimming pool in Crook. Thanks to the resounding responses of so many people specifically requesting a swimming pool the amended Leisure Transformation Plan made specific reference to Crook in paras 25 & 26:

“It is also important to note that not all of the leisure offer comes from the Council. For example in Crook; Crook Community Leisure Centre has successfully provided a high standard of community facility, comprising a fitness and outdoor sporting offer. The Council continues to work to enable communities like Crook to develop leisure, sport and wellbeing activities and facilities to meet local aspirations. The Council will develop an integrated leisure strategy in 2021 to be delivered thereafter. The approach will draw together the varied offer for leisure including active travel cycling and walking, parks and playing pitches.”

In addition County Councillor Carl Marshall has given Crook Community Leisure a letter of support for the swimming pool. County Councillors Andrea Patterson, Lucy Hovvels and Carl Marshall have actively supported Crook Community Leisure in our efforts. We are also accessing funding streams. It is accepted that our plans are far reaching, an outline planning application has been submitted for the site becoming a Leisure and Learning Hub, a centre of excellence for additional indoor facilities including a swimming pool and outdoor 3G area. Working with local Schools, local children will have more time for swimming lessons and be able to meet their learning outcomes. Hopefully many will be able to walk to the facilities.

Points to Note

  • Memberships start from £21 a month and include a full class timetable upon government guidance in May but we are hosting outdoor classes at 6pm weekdays and 9.30am on weekends.
  • There is free use of the running track and also the option of hiring our bikes for a small fee to utilise around the track, so bring your family and enjoy the summer at our outdoor facilities.
  • Our facilities are also available for hire for parties, christenings, baby showers and many more.  Please contact the centre for more information.
  • If you require any guidance in the gym programs are offered free of charge or if you are wanting to be more specific in your goals we offer personal training from experienced and knowledgeable coaches.

Once again, on behalf of the trustees, we thank you for your support, especially during this very challenging year. If anyone would like to discuss the plans please contact Stephen at the centre who will be delighted to explain the proposals.  Stephen can be contacted at Stephen Davies at ste@crookleisurecentre.co.uk

Finally, a huge thank you to our fantastic team of staff who are absolutely amazing.