Strategic leisure review

Find out about our review of sports and leisure services in North Yorkshire.

We are one of the largest council leisure providers nationally, with 25 leisure sites, 16 pools and a range of outdoor pitches and facilities. There are also hundreds of community-based sports clubs, with facilities and volunteers across the county that provide opportunities for people of all ages to play sport, be active and be connected.

We think this presents opportunities for us to work together to make it easier for people to move more and get active as part of their daily life.

To support this ambition we are undertaking a review of our leisure services across the county. We are working closely with local and national key partners such as Sport England and North Yorkshire Sport. We are also in contact with local community sports, leisure and well-being organisations to help shape our review.

Areas of focus for our review

The review is being undertaken in phases and the first phase will develop a vision for sport and leisure services across North Yorkshire.

We want to refocus our leisure services to better support the physical and mental well-being of individuals and communities and to make it easier for everyone to be active. In particular we want to focus on:

  • increasing participation in physical activity for people of all ages
  • how we can better meet the needs of urban and rural populations
  • areas of greatest need and reducing health inequalities
  • improving value for money and the sustainability of our leisure facilities
  • improving the energy efficiency of our facilities and reducing carbon emissions
  • providing fulfilling and rewarding career opportunities
  • how we can extend our services beyond leisure centres and develop outreach services
  • how we can better work in partnership with community sports groups and other partners

Sports clubs and community organisations webinar August 2023

We held a webinar in August 2023 to give local sports clubs and community organisations a chance to have their say on the future of North Yorkshire sport, leisure and wellbeing services. 

See the webinar presentation and discussion summary notes: 

Complete our phase one survey

If you represent a club, organisation or community network involved in sports, leisure and well-being, we invite you to help us develop a new vision for our sports and leisure services by completing a short survey.

The survey is open until Thursday 31 August 2023.

Next steps

More information about the outcome of the first phase of the review will be available in early 2024.

The review is a long term programme so there will be many opportunities for wider consultation about the formation and delivery of any future changes.