Largest leisure trust in Suffolk

West Suffolk Leisure Trusts Merge

West Suffolk's two charitable leisure trusts Abbeycroft Leisure and Anglia Community Leisure have merged to become the largest leisure trust in Suffolk.


The newly merged trust, Abbeycroft Leisure, creates an organisation that manages 11 facilities in seven different communities.  The facilities attract in excess of 1.6 million visitors a year and cover the broadest range of sports and leisure provision and even a health and wellbeing sanctuary.


It is complimented by a sports development and physical activity programme that aims to increase participation through the delivery of mass participation events, health based outreach activity, outdoor education initiatives, explore outdoor and traditional sports development work.


The organisation will also make a significant impact on the local economy with a turnover of £8million and employing 450 people in a variety of roles.


Abbeycroft Leisure manages Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill Leisure Centres in partnership with St Edmundsbury Borough Council, and Newmarket and Brandon Leisure Centres, The Dome Leisure Centre in Mildenhall and Mildenhall Swimming, in partnership with Forest Heath District Council.


Abbeycroft also owns and manages budget gym The Gym Ipswich and health and welling sanctuary, The Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds. The Trust also works in partnership with Thurston Community College to manage Thurston Sport Education Centre and the Port of Felixstowe to manage its Fitness Studio.


CEO Warren Smyth said: "The merger will create a stronger, efficient and effective leisure trust for West Suffolk and protect services for the future.

"This is an exciting time for leisure and fitness in Suffolk as more and more people are understanding the huge benefits that come with being active beyond weight loss."