Kirkby’s 100,000th attendee Jean Patterson with her £100 voucher.(Photo credits: Ashfield District Council)
Kirkby’s 100,000th attendee Jean Patterson with her £100 voucher.(Photo credits: Ashfield District Council)

Leisure centres in Ashfield have hit more than one million visitors for the 2022-23 financial year as part of a raft of milestones.

The centres, run by Everyone Active in partnership with Ashfield District Council, are on course to beat the 1.2million attendance of 2018-19, the final pre-pandemic year.

Lammas Leisure Centre leads the way with more than 500,000 attendances, while Hucknall Leisure Centre has racked up in excess of 400,000.

The combination of the old Festival Hall Leisure Centre and the brand new, state-of-the-art Kirkby Leisure Centre is closing on 150,000.

Kirkby opened in August 2022 and has itself contributed more than 100,000 attendances during its first five months open.

Lorenzo Clark, Everyone Active’s contract manager, said: “These numbers are hugely positive and show that centres are rebounding well following the pandemic, while Kirkby has made a brilliant start.

“Centres are providing facilities and activities which local communities are getting the most out of, while colleagues are working hard to meet customers’ needs.”

“Centres are providing facilities and activities which local communities are getting the most out of.”

Lorenzo Clark, Everyone Active’s contract manager

Kirkby’s 100,000th attendee was Jean Patterson and the millionth user across the Ashfield contract was Angela Foster, each receiving a £100 Everyone Active voucher as a reward.

Everyone Active began a new, 10-year contract with Ashfield District Council in April 2021 and in addition to the opening of Kirkby, there have been substantial facility upgrades at Lammas and Hucknall in recent times.

Cllr Rachel Madden, Executive Lead Member for Leisure, Health and Wellbeing at Ashfield District Council, said: “We are investing over £22m to improve leisure facilities for residents across the District. These figures go a long way to show how the improvements are proving a big hit with our leisure centre users.

“To have reached these milestones already is a fantastic achievement and here’s to many more!”