Leisure Connection Ltd
is a fitness
provider which its facilities are on behalf of Government, Local Government and National Sporting bodies all over the UK.
Leisure Connection was formed from the merger of Relaxion and Circa leisure companies and is now part of the multinational Danoptra Group, which is linked to Electra Partners Europe, an investment company.
In recent years Leisure Connection has faced increasing competition for local authority contracts, not just from other companies but also from not-for-profit leisure trusts. It has sought to replace the dwindling margins of traditional contracts with private finance initiatives.
Leisure Connection's reputation has not been helped by frequent changes of Chief Executive, reports of poor standards, having contracts terminated by dissatisfied councils, and involvement in the Clissold Leisure Centre, a new built facility that opened in February 2002 and closed in November 2003. As of June 2006 Clissold was still closed but in the meanwhile Hackney Council and Leisure Connection had ended their contract.
Leisure Connection launched the new fitness brand which offers a friendly and more approachable gym experience which is accessible to all members to the local community. The new gym brand does not have compulsory long-term fixed contracts but a pay as you go
system. It also includes high quality Technogym
fitness facilties, personal training
and discounts on many sport activities.
Started in 2004, Leisure Connection Watch is a consumer website featuring reports that question the performance of Leisure Connection Ltd. LCW relies mainly on items from local papers, the Audit Commission
and council reports. It also uses the Freedom of Information Act 2000
to find out more about Leisure Connection's performance and how councils are monitoring and managing this. In February 2006 LCW produced a summary of referenced findings called "The Leisure Connection Dossier."
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