Fusion to run nine Lewisham leisure centres

From the Fusion team...

Fusion Lifestyle, a registered charity specialising in providing high quality community sport and active leisure services, has been appointed by Lewisham Council to manage and operate six of its leisure centres and sports facilities, with a further three centres coming on board in the next two years. Fusion will also launch a customer bookings service to maximise community use of school facilities.

Sir Steve Bullock, Mayor of Lewisham, said: "These are exciting times for sport and leisure in Lewisham. London 2012 is just around the corner and we are near completion of our transformation of sport and leisure facilities in the borough. We are keen to encourage Lewisham people to be more active and the plans to create better facilities with Fusion Lifestyle will go a long way to accomplishing this."

From 15 October, 2011, Fusion will take on the management of Ladywell Leisure Centre, Ladywell Arena, The Bridge Leisure Centre, Wavelengths Leisure Centre, Lewisham Indoor Bowls Centre and Forest Hill School Sports Centre.  Later this year Bellingham Leisure and Lifestyle Centre will be added, and on completion in 2012 Forest Hill Pools and in 2013 Loampit Vale Leisure Centre.

The relocation of the Wavelengths Library (housed in the Wavelengths Leisure Centre building at present) to the Deptford Lounge is due to take place this autumn and Fusion will finance a conversion of the existing library space into a high quality fitness suite.

Established in 2000, Fusion is a registered charity and has a strong track record of delivering recreational sport, health and fitness activities for local communities. It now operates fifty one sports and leisure centres in London and the South East including Croydon and Southwark leisure centres, Brockwell Lido and Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex.  

Peter Kay, Fusion’s Chief Executive said: “Lewisham Council has firm vision for leisure in the borough and the team at Fusion is looking forward to delivering some exciting developments over the next few years.  As a registered charity, we are committed to reinvestment, and providing the local community with high quality services at a price people are willing and able to pay”.