leisure centres

Cotswold District Council invest in council-owned leisure centres to improve user experience

Cirencester Leisure Centre and Bourton-on-the-Water Leisure Centre are making a number of improvements to gym facilities this Autumn. Cotswold District Council is investing £380,000 in the leisure centres, managed by SLM Everyone Active, to provide a better experience for members.

Cllr Jenny Forde, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “I am so pleased we are making these improvements in our leisure centres. We are listening to what our residents say they need, to support them to be fit and healthy and the changes are in response to that.

“People tell us that they really want to improve their health and be more active, especially coming out of the pandemic. We hope that the refurbishment will provide more workout options for people wanting to become active, lose weight, get fit and improve their general wellbeing.

“The new fitness equipment will also be more energy efficient, reducing the power demand from the leisure centre’s equipment, helping to tackle the climate crisis.”

The gyms will both receive a full refurbishment with new flooring and equipment throughout. The layouts will reflect the latest trends, with more space given to functional and free weights areas, along with cardiovascular equipment.

In addition, the centres will be redecorated to create a new look and feel that is set to boost energy and be more welcoming for everyone.

Cirencester Leisure Centre’s gym refurbishment will take place from Sunday 18th September and is set to reopen to customers on Saturday 1st October. Bourton-on-the-Water Leisure Centre’s gym refurbishment will take place from Monday 3rd October and is set to reopen to customers on Saturday 15th October.

During these periods, the gyms will be out of use and members will be encouraged to visit alternative sites. Cirencester Leisure Centre will be offering a temporary gym for those members who wish to use it.

Jamie Nesbit, contract manager at Everyone Active, said: “Cirencester Leisure Centre and Bourton Leisure Centre remain an integral part of the community and we’re excited to build on this by improving our current gym offering.   

“We’re confident that our members will benefit greatly from this investment. Not only will it help to increase our prevalence as a hub for the local community, but also work to support our mission - for everybody to reach their target of 30 minutes’ exercise, five times a week.”

For further information on the refurbishments at Cirencester Leisure Centre and Bourton-on-the-Water Leisure Centre, you can visit the Everyone Active webpages here -

Cotswold Leisure - Cirencester Gym Refurbishment - Everyone Active

Cotswold Leisure - Bourton Gym Refurbishment - Everyone Active

Contact Information

Cotswold District Council Communications Team


Notes to editors

Everyone Active

Everyone Active is the trading name for Sports Leisure Management (SLM), which operates leisure centres in partnership with local councils across England. SLM Ltd. was formed in 1987, managing just one leisure centre in the Midlands. Today, Everyone Active manages in excess of 200 leisure facilities and cultural services in partnership with more than 60 local authorities. These stretch from Sunderland in the north to Mid Suffolk in the east, Chichester in the south and Bristol in the south west. The company’s growth is due to the ability to deliver well managed leisure facilities and an activity offering which provides great value for money. Everyone Active aims to increase the participation of local people in leisure activities, advocating a minimum of 30 minutes exercise, five times per week.


For the latest updates on the refurbishments you can follow their Facebook pages here: @eaCirencester, @eaBourton