The future is bright at South Downs Leisure
South Downs Leisure were delighted at receiving the news that Worthing Borough Council would be supporting the local Charitable Trust to the value of £415,620; this figure includes £231,032 of which is in charges the council will not be making over the coming year(s).
Along with many other industries, Leisure has been affected particularly badly during this pandemic and it will take some time to recover.
Going into lockdown South Downs Leisure, who employ over 400 staff, had in the region of £600,000 in reserves which had been set aside over the last five years as a risk reserve.
Duncan Anderson, CEO of South Downs Leisure, commented: “By the end of August our reserve had very much depleted and we were finalising an agreement with the bank to take out a government CIBILS Loan, however the support from Worthing Borough Council will go a long way to help us as we start on the journey to recovery.”
“As a Charity we will look to re-build the business and our reserves so that we can eventually re-invest in the local community and our facilities, as we have done in the first five years of operation.”
All four sites run by South Downs Leisure are now in operation, with Splashpoint being the latest facility to open its doors offering a COVID safe environment, and services are returning as part of a phased reopening.
Duncan went on to say: “We are immensely proud of our staff who have made this possible and truly thankful to our loyal customers who have continued to support us.”