SKDC shortlisted for national award

The successful creation of a new company to deliver improved leisure services in South Kesteven has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award

South Kesteven District Council is down to the last six in the Workforce Transformation category of the Municipal Journal Local Government Achievement Awards after setting up LeisureSK Ltd in just four months. The awards celebrate the best of local government services and staff.

Key elements for the Council in setting up LeisureSK Ltd were:

  • The smooth transfer of 115 staff to the company
  • Investing in the workforce through training and apprenticeships
  • Developing an agile and flexible workforce through training and development

The Council Leader, Cllr Kelham Cooke, said: "I am incredibly proud of the LeisureSK team who have really bought into the new company's aims and ambitions, and naturally delighted that South Kesteven District Council has been shortlisted in what is one of the biggest and most prestigious award schemes for local government."

The Chairman of LeisureSK and Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Barry Dobson said: "An almost overnight transformation has been achieved despite the very challenging conditions faced by all within the leisure industry during the times of Covid restrictions.

"The greatest focus was given to developing and delivering a plan for engaging with and investing in the 115 staff who would form the LeisureSK team and I'm delighted to say that we have a positive, motivated, forward-thinking workforce dedicated to the provision of leisure services across the district.

"I am genuinely excited about the opportunities LeisureSK presents for the employees, the Council, and for the whole district."

South Kesteven District Council, which has leisure centres in Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Deepings, has identified the delivery of high quality leisure services as a priority in its Corporate Plan.

Pictured is the LeisureSK board:

MJ award pic

SKDC Director of Growth and Culture, Nicola McCoy-Brown; Chairman of LeisureSK and Deputy Leader of SKDC, Cllr Barry Dobson; SKDC Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Cllr Rosemary Trollope-Bellew; SKDC Hedad of Leisure, Karen Whitfield; Leader of SKDC, Cllr Kelham Cooke; SKDC Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, Cllr Adam Stokes; LeisureSK Contract Manager Lee Gaskin.