Become A Member

Community Leisure UK is a member-led association that uses the power of its collective membership to represent, promote and protect the trust model at a national level.

“An association that actively reaches out to the leisure and cultural sector, large and small, strengthening the collective voice”
Member trust

Equally as specialists in charities and charitable organisations delivering public leisure services, Community Leisure UK provides an instant network of like-minded peers

“It is more of a ‘movement’ which brings together like minded people and organisations who are more than profit and who really want to involve and give back to local communities”
Member trust


Some benefits of becoming a member of Community Leisure UK include;

  • Access to networks of peer to peer ‘Special Interest Groups’ including finance, HR, public health / health improvement, swimming and aquatics, safeguarding, single-sites, Chairs & Trustees
  • Engagement at General Meetings and an AGM with agendas based on member needs and the landscape
  • A regional network of meetings to enable trust networking and knowledge sharing
  • Collective consultation responses to government, policy and reviews, framed specifically to the needs of leisure trusts
  • Access to Charity Finance Group’s expertise and opportunities at a special discounted rate
  • Campaigning and lobbying on policy positions that are detrimental to the leisure trust landscape
  • Being part of the charitable services community through Community Leisure UK’s network of strategic partners
  • Having opportunities to engage in bespoke workshops, webinars or training based on trust needs e.g. VAT reviews, use of data, local authority procurement and contracts


There are two categories of membership:

Full member – i.e. a legally constituted non-profit-distributing organisation in public leisure;

Associate member – i.e. for local authorities where the trust model is being considered or for a local authority owned trading company e.g. a Teckal arrangement.

The integrity and transparency of the Community Leisure UK membership is protected through the Charter of Integrity.

Community Leisure UK would be delighted to talk with you about the collective of trusts

  • If you are based in England or Wales please contact Cate Atwater via email, or telephone 0207 250 8263
  • If you are based in Scotland please contact Kirsty Cumming via email, or telephone 07825 599499


How to Join

Return these (along with a copy of the organisation’s Articles of Association for full membership) via email, or post to

Community Leisure UK, CAN Mezzanine,49-51 East Road, London N1 6AH

The cost of membership of Community Leisure UK is based on the turnover band of the applicant organisation.

Community Leisure UK thanks you for your interest and hopes to welcome you as a member.