History & Achievements

The Trust’s Mission ‘More People, More Active, More Often’ summaries what the Trust was all about which was ensuring all sections of the community took part in sport or regular physical activity.

When the Trust was established and began trading in April 2003,it managed 4 leisure centres and two golf courses,employing approximately 200 people. Customer attendances during that first year were approximately 845,000. By the time the Trust ceased operating at the end of September 2015 the Trust was managing nine leisure centres, two golf courses, a function venue, delivering sports coaching to primary schools across Trafford and delivering community activities through our Active Living programme. Over 450 people were employed by the Trust and customers attendances exceeded 2.5million.

  

During the twelve and a half years the Trust operated there were many highlights and achievements some of which are outlined below:

Years

  • Launch of Trafford Community Leisure Trust
  • Free swimming for all swimming lesson participants introduced
  • Launch of Zest Health & Fitness
  • Bar and Meeting Room at Partington Leisure Centre converted into Zest Health and Fitness
  • Extension of Golf Shop, and refurbishment of Changing Rooms and Toilets at Altrincham Golf Course
  • Refurbishment of Dry Changing Rooms at Partington Leisure Centre
  • Total visits = 846,588
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.82 
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 76,957

 

  • Trafford Community Leisure Trust launches its ‘Roll of Honour’
  • Swimwell brand launched by Olympic medalist Stephen Parry MBE.
  • Urban Leisure sessions introduced at Stretford Leisure Centre
  • Altrincham Leisure Centre used for a part of an episode of ‘The Bill’
  • IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) launched at George H Carnal! Leisure Centre by Paralympic Gold Medalist Simon Jackson MBE and Sir Phillip Craven
  • Refurbishments of Male Dry Changing Rooms, and Bar & Function Room at Altrincham Leisure Centre
  • Refurbishment of Dry Changing Rooms & Toilets at Urmston Leisure Centre
  • Refurbishment of Changing Rooms & Toilets at William Wroe Golf Course
  • Extension and development of Zest Gym, new Reception and replacement of all panels in
  • Sports Hall at Stretford Leisure Centre
  • Zest+ launched at George H Carnal! Leisure Centre
  • Total visits = 1,640,310
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.52
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 143,239

 

  • Launch of new Trafford Leisure website- Month 1 = 25,912 hits!
  • Launch of Baby Saver scheme on Sky TV by Phil Neville
  • flmillion Challenge – secured grants to work with Kelloggs, Manchester United and Trafford
  • Council to improve the health of the workforce
  • Active Trafford scheme along with Active Trafford Referral scheme launched
  • Stretford Leisure Centre & used to promote the benefits of swimming on Sky TV
  • Televised championship boxing and thai boxing at George H Carnall & Altrincham Leisure Centre
  • Replacement of roof over dry changing rooms and DDA improvements at Partington Leisure
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  • Refurbishment of all changing rooms at Stretford Leisure Centre, along with further DDA improvements
  • Replacement of pool windows and boiler at Sale Leisure Centre
  • Refurbishment of female wet changing rooms and replacement pool windows at Altrincham Leisure Centre
  • Total visits = 1,929,853
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.44
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 154,217

  • Old Trafford Sports Barn officially opened by Prime Minister, Tony Blair
  • George H Carnall Leisure Centre achieves highest score in North West for customer care and staffing in Quest quality management scheme
  • In addition to the visit by the Prime Minister, the Minister and Shadow Minister for Sport and Lord Hestletine all visited facilities managed by the Trust
  • Zest- launched on Match of the Day2 by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Visitors came from Moscow to attend courses put on by the Trust!
  • Golf Links scheme developed with other golf courses in North of England
  • Refurbishment of Female wet changing room and replacement of sauna at Altrincham Leisure Centre
  • Redevelopment of soft play room into a multi-purpose room and refurbishment of Function Room and Bar at George H Carnall Leisure Centre
  • Conversion of part of cafe into Zest- at Stretford Leisure Centre
  • Development of offices at Crossford Bridge
  • Altrincham and Stretford centres flooded on a number of occasions due to problems with drains
  • Attendances exceed 2 million for the first time
  • Total visits = 2,134,364
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.40
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 188,237

  • Liam Rowe wins YMCA Apprentice of the Year
  • Go3 brand developed to promote participation in physical activity
  • Swim Trafford, the new Borough Swim Squad, finish second overall in National Age Group
  • Championships and first swimmer achieves international selection
  • Urban Leisure now operating in Old Trafford, Stretford, Partington and Sale, providing activities for young people delivered by young people
  • Trust appoints 8 Apprentices
  • Trust took over responsibility for managing Sports Development and developed Sport Trafford
  • A new Multi-purpose room was developed from the previous nursery at Stretford Leisure Centre
  • Changing Room improvements were made at both Altrincham and Sale Leisure Centres
  • Total visits = 2,120,995
  • Net cost per visitor =£0.40
  • Leisure Pass attendances =218,097

  • Active People survey results show that Trafford is one of the most active Boroughs in the North of England
  • Trust website now receiving up to 1million hits per month
  • Trust enters into a 5 year partnership with Altrincham Grammar School for Boys for Trust to manage new leisure facilities in community time
  • Trust enters into a 10 year partnership with Broadoak School and contributes significant capital investment to facilitate the development of 3’d generation all weather pitch and associated facilities at Partington Leisure Centre.
  • Partington Leisure Centre re-branded Partington Sports Village
  • Portable dance mats bought and used for Urban Leisure sessions and throughout schools in Trafford
  • Trust agreed a contract with the Council to formally take over responsibility for Sports Development across the Borough
  • Free swimming during school holidays introduced
  • Trust enters into a partnership to assist Bowdon Sports Club with the management of their club
  • Changing room refurbishment at both Altrincham and George H Carnall Leisure Centres
  • Major Landlord refurbishment work commenced at Sale including DDA work, major mechanical and electrical work,and the installation of a passenger lift
  • TV coverage during the year included ‘Mallercise’ on Sky TV (Trust Health walk around Trafford Centre), Newsround (Urmston LC), Radio 5 (Chief Executive talking about Olympic legacy), Politics Show (discussion re free Government swimming which the Trust did not take part in), Youth consultation evening featuring Rio Ferdinand (Sky TV).
  • Total visits = 2,145,734
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.57** includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 162,008

  • The Grammar win the RICS North West Community Benefit Award
  • Altrincham Leisure Centre hosts Ricky Hatton’s first ever boxing promotion
  • Women’s Only gym launched at Stretford Leisure Centre
  • Old Trafford Sports Barn hosts ‘Guns and Gangs’ session and Barclays Ballkids Trials
  • Trafford retains the Champions Challenge Trophy – the annual competition involving young people from across all of the Greater Manchester Boroughs
  • The Trust launches Gymnastics Trafford and Trampoline Trafford
  • Over 40 Health walk leaders are trained delivering 12 walks across the Borough every week
  • The number of Clubmark standard clubs in Trafford is the highest in the UK
  • Changing rooms refurbished at George H Carnall Leisure Centre
  • A new reception and improvements to the foyer, refurbishment of the wet changing rooms and a resurfacing of the pool surround were done at Sale Leisure Centre to compliment the ‘behind the scene’ refurbishment completed by the Council
  • The Trust welcomed its 10 millionth visitor since it started. The Bradbury family were issued with a lifetime pass
  • Total visits = 2,029,582
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.61 **includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances =154,649

  • Website relaunched and hits exceed 2 million per month
  • Aerobic class attendances exceed 200 at some sessions !
  • Apprentice numbers increased to 16
  • Partington Sports Village chosen as a Training Venue for London 2012 Olympic Games
  • A new ‘I Move’ facility was developed and launched at Sale Leisure Centre
  • Nearly 10,000 volunteer hours delivered by volunteers who received training and support from the Trust
  • Showers and toilet refurbished in the wet changing rooms at Partington Sports Village
  • Totally inclusive changing room developed at George H Carnall Leisure Centre
  • New Combined Heat and Power {CHP) were installed at Altrincham, Sale and Stretford centres
  • Over 12,000 young people attend swimming lessons every week in Tra fford (5,000 on Swimwell programme and 7,000 via Schools programme).
  • Total visits = 2,028,179
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.61** includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 144,257

  • Attendances at Sport Trafford activities have increased by nea rly 500% since responsibility for sports development transferred to the Trust
  • Old Trafford Sports Barn used for the nationwide launch of Street Cricket. Wasim Akram, Mark Nicholas and Graeme Swan (fresh from an Ashes victory at Old Trafford) were present
  • On-line booking introduced at all centres
  • A new Training Centre is developed at George H Carnall Leisure Centre
  • Fully accessible changing room and toilets were developed at Sale Leisure Centre to compliment the I Move and I Groove rooms
  • The Trust worked closely with Sale West Area Partnership (SWAP) to develop a new health and fitness facility in the community
  • George H Carnall chosen as a Pre-Games Training venue for judo for both the Olympics and Paralympics
  • Sadly the year was marred by the tragic and sudden loss of the Trust’s popular Head of Operations, Stewart Heap
  • The Trust agreed to work in partnership and invest significant capital contribution in the development of the new facilities at Stretford High school and in return the Trust would manage the facilities during community time
  • Total visits = 2,231,213
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.52**includes Spots Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 188,305

  • Stretford Sports Village launched
  • Partington Sports Village used for pre Games Training venue for Great Britain Cerebral Palsy Football Team
  • George H Carnall used as for pre Games Training venue for judo. Over 50 local enthusiasts acted as sparring partners for Thailand and Oceana Olympic Teams and Brazil and Thailand Paralympic Teams
  • Partington Sports Village used as a Training venue during the Olympic Games for countries playing football at Old Trafford Stadium. All of the World’s top male and female football nations used Partington Sports Village
  • A major refurbishment of the wet changing rooms at Urmston was completed including the creation of the Trust’s first changing village
  • Steve Pullen MBE, a Trustee of   Trafford Community Leisure Trust, wins the Greater Manchester Unsung Hero award and also picks up the Barclays Community Sports Award, recognising the role he played during the Olympic and Paralympic pre-Games camps.
  • Trust undertakes a Social Return on Investment audit and report highlights that the Trust generates more than £10.5million return on the El.lmillion funding it receives
  • Eight years after it was first launched, the Trafford Roll of Honour inducts its first Olympic Gold Medalist as Jade Jones, Tae Kwon Do, became the first user of Trust managed fa cilities to achieve the ultimate ambition
  • Total visits = 2,300,296
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.48**includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 176,582

  • On 1st April 2013, the Trust celebrated its tenth birthday and a number of events were held to celebrate the occasion
  • In June the Trust welcomed its 20 millionth visitor and the Blythe family were given lifetime passes as well as swimming lessons for the children
  • Attendances exceeded 2.5 million for the first time and Altrincham Leisure Centre exceeded 500,000 for the first time making it the second busiest leisure centre in Greater Manchester
  • The staff raised £11,800 for the British Heart Foundation in memory of Stewart Heap
  • George H Carnal! Leisure Centre celebrated its 30th birthday by opening a new core area within the Zest Health & Fitness Gym
  • Approximately 500 people per week attend the Healthy Hip and Heart sessions, which are staffed by volunteers trained and supported by the Trust
  • The sauna at Altrincham Leisure Centre was refurbished into a family changing room and the roof over the squash courts and pool changing rooms was repaired
  • A ‘Cheeky Monkeys’ play room was developed at Stretford Sports Village
  • The Trust took over the management of Flixton House
  • Twenty six Sportivate projects were delivered across Trafford using a variety of settings including clubs,schools and community groups
  • The Trust won the CIPFA ‘Sir Harry Page Award’ for its report on Social Inclusion
  • Trust staff saved the lives of customers on two occasions during the year
  • Total visits = 2,535,578
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.43** includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 195,227

  • Two million visits to leisure centres for the first time in a year
  • Swimwelllearn to swim numbers have increased to over 7,000 per week for the first time with Sale and Altrincham Leisure Centres both attracting over 2,000 children per week
  • Ben Evans, an Altrincham Golf Course Green Keeper, was a finalist in the Young Green Keeper of the Year and won a placement to work for twelve months in the USA
  • Salt chlorination systems were introduced at Sale, Altrincham, Stretford, Partington and Urmston pools reducing the Trust’s reliance on chemicals for quality water
  • Additional trampolining, gymnastics and spinning equipment introduced across the Trust
  • Over 1,000 ‘non-sporty’ young people attended Sportivate sessions in the community
  • Old Trafford Sports Barn was chosen to host one of Barclays Spaces for Sport 10th Anniversary celebrations. Peter Schmeicel was the guest of honour
  • In the latest Sport England Active People survey, Trafford comes out as one of the most active Borough’s in the UK
  • The total subsidised visits utilising the Active Trafford pass exceeded 2 million
  • Council gives Trafford Community Leisure Trust 12 months notice to terminate the agreement between the two parties
  • The Trafford Swimming Network became the first in the UK to achieve Swim21recognition from the Amateur Swimming Association
  • Total visits = 2,441,186
  • Net cost per visitor = £0.37** includes Sports Development
  • Leisure Pass attendances = 178,551

  • The Trust agrees to a six month extension to continue to manage the Council leisure facilities to give the Council time to secure a new provider. The Trust agrees to do everything to ensure a smooth transition of the staff and business from the Trust to the new organisation
  • The Trust bequeaths approximately flmillion of equipment and capital investment to the community to ensure that the centres users are not impacted by the change.
  • The Trust ceases trading on 151 October
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The Trust is proud of its achievements over the past twelve and a half years. Increasing particpation from 845,000 visits in the first year to 2.5 million in the last few years has helped contribute to making Trafford one of the most active Borough’s in England. Total attendances during the Trust’s tenure have now exceeded 25 million and we can proudly claim to not only have achieved one of our strategic aims of ‘Increasing Participation’, but we have also completed the Trust’s Mission of ‘More People, More Active, More Often’.

During its existence the number of staff employed by the Trust increased from just over 200 in 2003 to 460 at the end and the turnover of the business grew from £3million in year one to over £9million. However, the success of the Trust is not measured in financial performances, or the number of attendances, or the number of staff employed but the difference the Trust has made to peoples’ lives. Over the years, the Trust and its staff has received many, many recommendations from customers whose quality of life,wellbeing,or enjoyment has been improved by the Trust.

None of the successes identified above, or in the Annual Reports, could have been done without the support and efforts of our Trustees,dedicated staff,and partner organisations. In total, since the Trust came into existence 29 people have served as Trustees/Directors, all giving of their valuable time and expertise free of charge to ensure that the Trust’s charitable objectives were achieved. Peter Martin has chaired the organisation from its inception and lftikhar Awan, Jim Cumbes, Tarun Kapur CBE, and Steve Pullen MBE were also founding Trustees and are still Trustees today.