ukactive and Community Leisure UK announce new partnership to help support sector recovery and development

Published on: July 6th 2021

ukactive and Community Leisure UK (CLUK) have today 6th July strengthened the collaboration between the organisations by announcing a new working partnership.

The member organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), formalising their relationship at an important moment for the survival, recovery and development of the sector.

ukactive and CLUK have a long history of collaborative working but have become even more aligned over the past year, working on behalf of the collective memberships for the survival and future of the fitness and leisure sector.

The signing of the MOU reflects the growing relationship between the organisations and a shared vision to ensure the sustainability and growth of community leisure.

While they have welcomed the full reopening of the sector, albeit with restrictions in place, the partners remain focussed on the ongoing survival and growth of community leisure in the immediate aftermath of the pandemic. 

Leaders from the organisations will collaborate on plans to support members and wider stakeholders to thrive, grow and learn following the pandemic.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “We are proud to announce our new partnership with Community Leisure UK, which will strengthen our bond and build upon the collaborative work of our organisations over recent years.

“Community leisure facilities and services are essential for the health and wellbeing of our nation, as we have demonstrated repeatedly in our joint lobbying of the Government during the pandemic.

“As our sector continues its survival and recovery from the pandemic, it is vital that we work together with our sector partners to ensure we maximise the benefits and opportunities provided by our work and our collective membership.”

Kirsty Cumming, CEO of CLUK, said: “After working with ukactive for a number of years, I am delighted that we have formalised our partnership and we look forward to working closely on future plans for our sector’s development and growth.

“We have many shared ambitions, concerns and priorities where we can collaborate and share resources to work more effectively and efficiently on behalf of the sector.

“As we begin to emerge from the shadow of COVID-19, we will continue to support our memberships together, ensuring that we speak with one voice as an industry, continuing the united front demonstrated during the pandemic.”


About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit health body for the physical activity sector, with more than 4,000 members – from gyms, leisure centres, sports bodies and other activity providers, to major consumer brands and equipment manufacturers. Members come from across the private, public and third sector and are united by ukactive’s longstanding and uncompromising commitment to getting more people more active, more often. ukactive facilitates high-impact partnerships, conceives and drives breakthrough campaigns, conducts critical research and galvanises key stakeholders to develop and deliver projects that support and champion the physical activity agenda. For more information, please contact Rob Gibson on 07585 253812 or robgibson@ukactive.org.uk

About Community Leisure UK

Community Leisure UK is a members’ association that specialises in charitable trusts delivering public leisure and culture services across the UK who champion and protect the trust model by enabling networking and knowledge sharing with peers and external stakeholders. There are two core strands to Community Leisure UK’s work, 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, and 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.