Testimonials

Our mission is to inspire people to be active, creative and healthy. Working on behalf of local authorities, Inspiring healthy lifestyles manages leisure services and venues from parks to arts, leisure centres to a theatre - and hosts thousands of events to excite and inspire its communities across the UK.

Here's what people say about us...

Cllr Paul Kenny"Wigan Council's 12 year partnership with Inspiring healthy lifestyles has proven extremely successful. We've worked together on a number of projects, most recently the £2.9m transformation of Howe Bridge Leisure Centre. The trust's knowledge of the leisure industry was key in driving this scheme forward to provide the most appropriate and best facilities for customers. The new Deal for Leisure will see us continue this important partnership to improve facilities in the area with the objective of getting residents active, creative and healthy." Councillor Paul Kenny, Cabinet Member Leisure Client and Resources. 

"The decision to transfer the Council’s culture and leisure services to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust - Inspiring healthy lifestyles was a very significant one for Cannock Chase but one that has proved very successful for the Council and its residents, with considerable investment being made into our facilities and services, whilst at the same time achieving financial savings. The transition from the Council delivering its culture and leisure services to Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust operating them was smooth and seamless and during the first year of the contract both parties have placed a heavy emphasis on building and developing close working arrangements. We share a joint approach to managing the delivery of services and are committed to building a long term collaborative relationship that will continue to provide high quality culture and leisure services and that will also contribute to improving the health and well-being of our residents. Inspiring healthy lifestyles Rebecca Adlington and Councillor Christie Mitchellis a key partner in helping the Council to deliver our Leisure Strategy, meeting our targets of increased levels of participation and in investing in the future health and well being of our community." Councillor Christine Mitchell, Culture and Sport Portfolio Leader, Cannock Chase District Council.

"There aren’t that many leisure centres opening at the moment because there just isn’t the money there so to have a total revamp like this is unbelievable. Everyone here is so happy and loads of people have come along today which shows what a big part of the community this is. The pool is fantastic and there are kids’ facilities as well as the adult pool so the centre really is for everyone.” Rebecca Adlington, double Gold medal-winning Olympian swimmer, speaking at the opening of Chase Leisure Centre 2013.

"Our partnership working with Wigan has grown steadily over the last few years. We’ve worked hand in hand to deliver excellent leisure facilities in the district and we share the same aim of improving lives by encouraging more people to be active and healthy. In particular, following the devastating Abbey Leisure Centre fire this strong partnership working and positive attitude helped us respond as a proactive team to provide alternative leisure facilities and quickly. Community walks, midnight football leagues, ‘Move it and Lose it,’ a very successful Cycle Sportive and a number of other schemes over the last few months have helped to really take leisure provision out into our communities. Going forward we are confident this working relationship will continue to bring real, tangible benefits to the people of the Selby district." Former Deputy Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Gillian Ivey.

Stuart MaconieBroadcaster Stuart Maconie opened Lamberhead Green Library in Wigan in 2010 by describing it as“astonishing”. The BBC Radio 2 regular, whose illustrious broadcasting and journalism career has also included a string of acclaimed books including “Pies and Prejudices” and “Adventures on the High Teas” offered top tips to youngsters at the new Abraham Guest High school in 2010 thinking of pursuing a career in broadcasting before taking afternoon tea in the new Lamberhead Green Library. Mr Maconie, who was born and bred in Worsley Mesnes, is Wigan’s patron of the libraries. 

He said: "The school and library are astonishing. Having a library on site is a brilliant idea. I used to love the sense of event going to a library but being part of the normal day life of the school is brilliant. The opening line of Manic Street Preachers ‘Design For Life’ says everything about libraries: 'libraries give us power'."