Posted by: westlancashirerecord | August 9, 2018

West Lancashire Community Leisure Limited Annual Report

West Lancashire Community Leisure Limited (WLCLL), established to provide recreation facilities to, and for the benefit of, the inhabitants and visitors to West Lancashire, has published its latest “Report of the Trustees and Audited Financial Statements for the Year Ended 31 December 2017”, its second year as a Registered Charity. It has a financial “reserves policy” by virtue of its partnership agreement with Serco Leisure Operating Ltd (SLOL) that guarantees protection from any losses derived from the trading activities of its centres.

It operates 5 leisure facilities across the region, including two swimming pools, two dry sites, and a golf course. It employs 120 staff, over 90% of whom live locally. It claims to have circa 1,000,000 visits each year with 6,000 members. Nye Bevan gym has 1,500 members, Burscough gym has circa 1,000 members. The Park Pool is down by 300 to 1,700 members. Swimming lessons attract over 2,600 learners, with growth of 8% per year for the last five years. All of which might seem impressive. But then we come to the Beacon Park Golf Course, of which it might be assumed the least said the better, because the Trust provides no membership, or use of it, statistics.

“Our facilities at Beacon Park Golf Course have been utilized to celebrate events such as Birthdays and Christenings . This has not only encouraged the local community to observe at first hand the recent improvements made at this site but has also helped to generate much needed revenue, which has been re-invested to further improve and promote our services”.

And “The golf course at Beacon Park has made significant strides in quality which has received some positive member feedback, however there are still a number of challenging issues that the board must resolve in respect of this facility . Nevertheless, the Board are confident that these issues will be overcome and there is cause to be cautiously optimistic for the future. The Beacon now attracts regular bookings for special events and functions and, through the hard work and dedication of the on-site team we hope the Beacon will continue to enhance its reputation in the community as a venue of high quality and good value”.

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