Wiltshire Council has received £865,000 from the National Leisure Recovery Fund to boost leisure centres.

Wiltshire Council and its leisure facility partners Places Leisure, Cricklade and District Community Association and Brian Whitehead Sports Centre Association (Downton Leisure Centre, operated by Gymies Ltd) applied for the support funding from the Government’s National Leisure Recovery Fund.

The Fund helps local authority-contracted facilities to re-open and £100 million was given by the Government to be managed by Sport England.

The Government has already allowed some outdoor sports facilities to reopen, and formalised sports such as football, golf and tennis to resume.

Some Wiltshire Council outdoor leisure facilities that have already re-opened include tennis courts at Springfield Community Campus, Corsham, football pitches at Five Rivers Health and Wellbeing Centre, Salisbury. for club block bookings, and tennis courts at Nadder Centre, Tisbury, but , this not changing or toilet facilities, and no leisure centre buildings will re-open on this date.

Under the Governments Roadmap and assuming the four tests are met, leisure centres and gyms will be permitted to re-open their doors to the public from April 12 for individual socially- distanced use and indoor adult group sports and exercise classes will be permitted from May 17.