About Us

Welcome to Community Leisure UK.

Community Leisure UK is a members’ association that specialises in representing charitable leisure trusts across England, Scotland and Wales. There are two core strands to Community Leisure UK’s work. Firstly, providing a nationwide platform enabling members to meet peers and access strategic partners to find best practice solutions to common problems and recommendations to tackle future industry developments. Secondly, using the power of the collective membership to represent, reach, influence and promote the charitable trust model benefits at a national level, to inform policy and increase understanding of the trust model.

A nationwide platform for members to meet peers.

All our members are leisure trusts, which are either registered charities, or registered societies with the Financial Conduct Authority and HMRC. Trusts do not distribute profit and instead reinvest every pound generated into the provision of quality leisure services and facilities. Trusts are rooted in the local communities they serve, with specific services designed and supported through the cross-subsidy model to support those in most need.

Community Leisure UK members’ manage facilities including: swimming pools, libraries, museums, pitches, gyms, ice arenas, beach fronts, parks, heritage buildings and children’s centres. Importantly, members deliver vital community services such as exercise or books on prescription, short breaks for disabled children, adult social care support programmes, walking programmes, internet access courses, apprenticeships and training, and sports participation programmes.

As a members’ association, Community Leisure UK is responsible to its members and an Executive Board.  The Executive Board is made up of member trust CEOs or MDs, who are democratically appointed by the membership.

Community Leisure UK is the trading name of the Sport and Recreation Trusts Association.

To understand more about Community Leisure UK's work and strategic objectives please see the business plan summary