Cavendish Sports Centre will be closing to the general public and gym members from 1 September, after falling usage has left the Centre financially unsustainable.

The facilities, managed by Wave Leisure, will continue to be used by Cavendish School, but will no longer open in the evenings and weekends for the general public.

All existing members and playscheme users will be contacted and where possible are being offered the opportunity to move to other Wave Leisure locations at Hampden Park, Shinewater and Eastbourne Sports Park.

Gym users will be able to transfer to these alternative sites, with Eastbourne Sports Park offering brand new state-of-the-art gym facilities, including Technogym equipment, group training sessions and athletics track training.

The decision has been taken by Eastbourne Borough Council and current operators Wave Leisure, following declining footfall across several years at the site.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Member for Tourism & Culture, Councillor Margaret Bannister said “This has been a difficult decision, however after general declining usage at this particular location and the expansion of the school across the site, it is no longer financially sustainable to keep opening the Centre only in the evenings and weekends for the general public. 

With new state of the art facilities at Eastbourne Sports Park and extensive opening hours at the Hampden Park and Shinewater sites, it makes sense to focus on maintaining a high level of service at these three venues where facilities are improved and much more available throughout the day.”

Gym members at Cavendish Sports Centre are being offered a transfer to Hampden Park and Shinewater Sports Centres as part of their existing contracts.  Members may also transfer to Eastbourne Sports Park under a new contract with various pricing options, free joining fees and their first month free.

Playschemes operate throughout the school holidays at Hampden Park Sports Centre, with sports activities also taking place at Shinewater Sports Centre and Eastbourne Sports Park.

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