Elswick Community Leisure Centre is a community-led, not-for-profit centre for fitness, health and fun, which houses a public gym, swimming pool, space for community events, meetings and fitness classes.
We are eternally grateful to our key funders, Power To Change, for supporting us in our long journey to re-open Elswick Pool under community control.
Without Power To Change and their flexible approach, re-opening would have been simply a pipedream. Apart from providing the bulk of the funding we needed to get things started (£146k), they have worked with us, adapted to changing circumstances and backed us to the hilt in our ambitions, even if at times the future was looking decidedly uncertain.
Their support has been critical to our success and remains so as we progress plans to introduce a new café and sauna and turn the venue into a vital community hub and resource for our area.
With the assurance of continued support, we were able to secure additional funding from local regeneration initiative Centre West and a commitment from the City Council to invest in bringing the pool back to full working condition.
All of the above however would not have been possible without the initial backing of Elswick Ward councillors who recognised the devastating impact closure of the pool would have on the health and wellbeing of local people.
Their decision to invest in community efforts to find funding which would be sensitive to local need proved pivotal. Their faith in the community proved to be well-founded, as the centre’s increasing attendance figures have shown. Prior to the Covid-19 shutdown, the centre was at break-even point, just seven months after re-opening.
Lastly, but not by no means least, we owe a great debt of gratitude to all those who have chosen to support us by making donations through our online fundraising platforms, sponsored swims, fundraising events or simply by attending as customers at the leisure centre. We are also grateful to the many schools and swim clubs which returned and supported us.
We look forward to your continued support as we again strive to put health, leisure and wellbeing back at the heart of our community once this current lockdown is lifted.
“Finally, A Community Where Everyone is Welcome. Much More Than A Pool”
Monday-Thursday: 7.00am – 9.00pm
Friday: 7.00am – 9.15pm
Saturday: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Sunday: 8.00am – 3.00pm
Last admission is 30 minutes before closing