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June 13 2019

Stechford Leisure Centre wins prestigious national prize

Stechford Leisure Centre, the facility built on the former site of Stechford Cascades, has won the ukactive New Concept/Build or Design of the Year award, receiving their prize at a glamourous event staged in Manchester on June 6th, attended by special guest, TV fitness legend, Mr Motivator.

The £9 million facility was part funded by Sport England and Birmingham City Council (BCC) and is operated by Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT) and its managing agent Serco Leisure. The construction work was carried out by ISG PLC, and is the third successful new build completed by this partnership.

Cllr Ian Ward, leader of Birmingham City Council:

"This is great news and a fitting reward for everyone who worked on this project. The people of Stechford and surrounding areas are really making the most of a fantastic new leisure centre and, as we count down to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, this state-of-the-art facility shows our continued commitment to first-class grassroots sporting facilities in Birmingham."

The centre opened its doors in January 2018, months ahead of schedule, and is already a huge hit with local residents, with an increase of around 20% in visitor numbers in its first 12 months of operation, when compared to the old Stechford Cascades facility.

Brian Taylor, chair of BCLT said:

“Congratulations to the whole Stechford team and our construction partner ISG PLC on winning this important award. Stechford was the third of four new builds for this partnership with the already successful Erdington and Northfields’ centres already under our belts.

“This news bodes extremely well for the upcoming Ladywood Leisure Centre, our final new build as part of the BLCT contract, which is due to open in late summer this year.”

All four new builds have been designed to minimise life-cycle costs and support BCC’s push towards more sustainable facilities, demonstrating the Council’s commitment to modernising its leisure infrastructure, while providing outstanding community leisure facilities, and driving increasing levels of participation.

The ukactive event is the UK’s premier health and fitness industry award’s night, recognising excellence across over 20 key individual and company-wide categories, including Physical Activity Champion, Unsung Hero, Workplace Wellbeing, and Disability and Inclusion. Stechford fought off strong competition from centres throughout the UK to be crowned champion in this key business category.

June 5 2019



Birmingham trust backs anti-violence, anti-verbal abuse campaign

Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT) has staged a local launch for operating partner Serco’s Respect and Protect campaign, a zero tolerance policy towards any violence, aggression or abuse directed against staff delivering front line local services. The event held at Stechford Leisure Centre on June 5th was attended by representatives from the Unison and GMB unions, and Birmingham City Council.

In the past year alone, BCLT employees were subjected to 20 reported incidents of unacceptable behaviour, including assault, threats with weapons and verbal abuse.

Stephen Grassby, Partnership Manager at BCLT said:

“This is an important ongoing campaign. We want our teams to know that the every incident of verbal or physical abuse has to be reported. And we want those making these threats or carrying out these acts to know that we will support our people all the way and, where necessary, involve enforcement agencies.

“Every single member of staff deserves to be protected and treated with respect, and we must collectively do all we can to ensure that everyone goes home safely.”

Gill Ogilvie Regional Organiser for the GMB West Midlands union added:

“As a trade union, we have been right behind Respect and Protect policy since its launch at Sandwell Council in 2018, working with all the trade unions to ensure that Serco employees are protected from abuse in relation to their employment.  In terms of the health and safety of its staff, I can honestly say that Serco is leading the way for other employers and organisations to follow.”

A Charter of Protection has been agreed between Serco and its customers, which aims to raise awareness and increase understanding of violence, aggression and abuse at work, and to provide a framework of response to identify, prevent and manage such issues. These measures include fostering a culture of zero tolerance, encouraging reporting, supporting police investigations where appropriate, and non-acceptance of unwarranted behaviour, together with specific training and support.

The ‘Respect and Protect’ Campaign was successfully piloted last year when Serco and Sandwell Council in the West Midlands joined unions and police in a unified approach to reduce the increasing number of employees on our Environmental Services contract being subjected to assaults, threats, abusive and insulting behaviour by members of the public.

BCLT operates eight facilities across the region on behalf of Birmingham City Council. A ninth leisure facility will be added to the trust’s portfolio in late summer this year, when Ladywood Leisure Centre opens, with a 130-station gym, swimming pool, workout studio, plus sauna and steam rooms.



March 2019

Team England stars run accessible sessions at Stechford

Team England’s para-triathlon champion Jade Jones-Hall and her husband para-athletics star Callum Hall recently took time out from their busy training schedules to run sessions for disabled young adults at Stechford Leisure Centre, one of nine facilities in the city managed by the Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT)

Callum and Jade did 30 minute training sessions attended by disabled young adults from the local Hive College: Jade using the pool and Callum making the most of Stechford’s well-equipped gym. Crews from BBC West Midlands, and Free Radio were in attendance to cover the this Sport England-arranged event, geared towards encouraging more people to get involved in accessible sports and leisure activities.

Jade Jones-Hall said:

“Thank you to all of the participants who turned up for the session at Stechford Leisure Centre, we hope they enjoyed it.

“Callum and I both enjoyed introducing them to swimming and gym exercises and are delighted to see all of this inclusive sporting equipment available in Birmingham ahead of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.”

Andy Taylor, BCLT’s Aquatics Manager said:

“We recently had a visit from swimming superstar Katinka Hosszu, and now we’ve been lucky enough to have Jade and Callum running accessible sessions for local people, who loved having athletes they’d seen on TV at their local centre.

“The 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham seem a long way off, but at BCLT we’re doing all we can to encourage the next generation of Callums and Jades by offering welcoming, inclusive facilities, which can be accessed by all sectors of the community.

“2019 is definitely the year of sporting stars at Stechford!”

Stechford was chosen for these sessions as the centre features such a wide range of equipment to ensure disabled people get the most out of their sports and leisure time.

In the centre’s pool, they’ve got a Pool Hoist allowing for easier access, plus various buoyancy aids to suit swimmers of differing abilities. In the gym, they have a Recline Bike, plus numerous pieces of Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) equipment. For fitness kit to be awarded IFI accreditation, it needs to have been designed to be fully accessible.



February 2019

3-time Olympic champion visits Stechford Leisure Centre and brings the BBC!

It’s not often a 3-time Olympic gold medallist and multiple world record holder visits your local leisure centre, but for the team at Stechford, February will always be remembered as the month swimming superstar Katinka Hosszu popped in for a swim. Katinka brought with her a camera crew from BBC, who were filming an interview with her to be used later in the year.

After the interview, Katinka had a workout in the Stechford gym, then swam a few lengths while being filmed. The centre had closed off a lane for the 3-time gold medallist, but in the open lanes hundreds of happy kids were frolicking on the inflatable AquaChallenge, oblivious to the fact that one of the biggest names in aquatics was swimming just next to them.

As she walked past the AquaChallenge, Katinka said how fun it looked, but unfortunately she didn’t have time to have a go herself.

Elizabeth Mallettt, Marketing Executive for the Birmingham Leisure Trust, who attended the day said:

“What a great day! Getting to see close-up such a sporting mega star was a real treat. Katinka didn’t act like one of the biggest names in the swimming; she was really down to earth, and humble about her huge list of achievements.

“The staff at Stechford - Alan Doody and his team - were great on the day, and the customers showed a lot of patience while the interview was being filmed in the reception area. I can’t wait to see the full feature, when it airs on the BBC later in the year.”

Katinka Hosszu is a multiple world record breaker and holder, 3-time Olympic Champion and 7-time World Champion. Due to her versatility, and length of her career, she is known as the Iron Lady, having competed at the last four Summer Olympics.


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To help you decide what to do on the day, there’s an Event Planner on the National Fitness Day website

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1st June 2015 - Hello from Birmingham Community Leisure Trust!

From the 1st June 2015, Birmingham Community Leisure Trust (BCLT), will manage the following leisure centres with Serco as the partnership operator.

  • Beeches Pool & Fitness Centre

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre

  • Northfield Pool & Fitness centre

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

As part of the continuous commitment to improving services for Birmingham residents, BCLT will be refurbishing the following Leisure Centres;

  • Fox Hollies Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Cascades

  • Beeches Leisure Centre

  • Wyndley Leisure Centre

Three new leisure centres will be built to replace the following facilities:

  • Northfield Leisure Centre

  • Erdington Leisure Centre

  • Stechford Leisure Centre

  • A new site will also be built on Icknield Port in Edgbaston



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