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Freedom Leisure awarded leisure contract in Kettering

01 August 2022

Kettering swimming pool

Following an extensive tendering process, leading not-for-profit leisure trust Freedom Leisure has been awarded the contract to manage Kettering Swimming Pool, Desborough Leisure Centre, Kettering Pitch and Track and Corn Market Hall on behalf of North Northamptonshire Council. 

Freedom Leisure has been successfully working in partnership with the council since April 2017 when it took over the operation of The Nene Centre in Thrapston and The Pemberton Centre and Splash Leisure Pool in Rushden.

“To award this contract to an operator who has physical, mental and social health at the heart of everything they do, is welcome news and I look forward to seeing how successful the leisure centres will be under the management of Freedom Leisure.” Deputy Leader of North Northants Council and Executive Member for Sport, Leisure, Culture and Tourism, Cllr Helen Howell
“Having worked with Freedom Leisure for a number of years, we have complete trust and faith in them to do a fantastic job of managing more of the leisure facilities across North Northamptonshire.” Leader of North Northants Council, Cllr Jason Smithers
”Having been managing facilities in Thrapston and Rushden for what was East Northamptonshire Council we are delighted to have taken forward an excellent relationship into the new North Northamptonshire Council when it was formed.  As a genuine not for profit leisure operator providing vital physical, mental and social health benefits to the local community and realising our vision of improving lives through leisure, we are absolutely delighted to have expanded this relationship into the Kettering facilities which provides us and the Council with a further opportunity to enhance and co-ordinate services for the community”.Ivan Horsfall Turner, Freedom Leisure’s CEO

North Northamptonshire Council has awarded the contract for an initial 3-year period with an option to extend for two further 12-month extensions. The contract will begin on Saturday 1st October 2022.


Media contact:
Emma Reeve
Commercial Director
Freedom Leisure
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About Freedom Leisure 
Freedom Leisure is a not-for-profit leisure trust which manages leisure and cultural facilities on behalf of partners across the UK.  We are proud to be delivering high quality, locally-focused services and are committed to their ongoing development.  As a not-for-profit organisation all surpluses are reinvested in support of the objectives we share with our partners.

Where you matter - Enabling people to be more active more often and to make the most of their leisure time. To be a fun and rewarding place for our staff to work. To support our partners with the provision of great community facilities.