Wadham School

Wulfrice Benefice

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Yeovil Road



TA18 7NT

Tel: 01460 270123  Fax: 01460 270124

Email: office@wadhamschool.co.uk

A Church of England Community School

Statement About 1610 Sports Centre, Yeovil Road, Crewkerne

 This is a statement by Wadham School regarding future arrangements for the 1610 Leisure Centre in Crewkerne once the lease with Somerset County Council ends on 31st March 2019.

1610 have made the decision to stop using the leisure facility with effect from 31st January 2019, but legally we cannot use it, other than for the delivery of P.E., until the contract formally ends on 31st March 2019.

We greatly value our relationship with the local community, and ultimately, we hope to work with local groups and organisations to provide a resource that supports local sports and leisure activities. However, we are a school, and taking on such an enterprise provides huge challenges that need to be addressed before we get to this point. We are currently working with the Local Authority and Futures for Somerset to identify sustainable options for the future and how these can be implemented. This is not a simple process, and we are starting with no business experience in this field and no financial resources to purchase replacement equipment and to support other costs associated with the start-up of a new venture. However, we are hoping that we will have plans to share with local organisations by the start of the next academic year.

Our priority is to make sure that what is put in place after 1610 leave, is what the local community wants and what we, as a school, are able to provide. We would ideally have liked to contact regular users of the leisure centre prior to this change, but we have not been privileged to any information regarding 1610’s customer base.

If you would like to discuss this, please contact the school via the email address – sportscentre@wadhamschool.co.uk                                                  

Matthew Gardner