London’s Leading Leisure Centre

03 July 2018

Kensington Leisure Centre which sits in the shadow of Grenfell Tower has been named London’s leading leisure facility after being recognised for its outstanding facilities and the extensive range of activities it offers.

Centre manager Oliver Stacey received the Outstanding Leader of the Year Award in recognition for the inspirational way he led his team to support and assist the local community over the past 12 months. The centre attracts over 50,000 visits each month.

Speaking at the UKActive Awards Ceremony, a delighted Oliver said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and honoured to have picked up two awards at this prestigious event. The team and I at Kensington Leisure Centre have worked hard to provide the best possible service for the local community. This award really means a lot and we aim to ensure our service will only continue to get better going forward.”

The Leisure Centre is run by the Kensington and Chelsea Council’s Leisure Team and managed by Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL). Kensington Leisure Centre came out on top in the region on the rigorous customer insight surveys, as well as the mystery shop, mystery calls and a digital review from a panel of experts.

Cllr David Lindsay, Lead Member for Healthy City Living, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the award, as it not only demonstrates good partnership working with contractors, clubs, voluntary groups and the wider community but also highlights our commitment to physical activity and getting more people active more often. The drive to promote and realise the benefits of physical activity with all members of our community continues.”

The centre reopened in Spring of 2015 after being completely rebuilt. The English Rugby Squad recognised the excellence of its facilities and the squad used it for training for a match against Italy and used the swimming pool for water-based training.

The awards by UKActive recognise the achievements of public, private and third sector facilities in helping get more people get active.

The Council and GLL are part of the Kensington and Chelsea Community Sports and Physical Network, involving 47 partners which aims to get all residents moving for 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week within the next six years. The aim is to close the gap in life expectancy between the north of the borough and the south and ensure that all children grow up being regularly active.

The Council also works with the GLL Foundation to provide support for young athletes. Recently two young Kensington ice dancers, who train at the Kensington Leisure Centre and received support from the GLL Foundation, were part of Team GB’s official reserves for Ice Dance in PyeongChang 2018 during the Winter Olympics.