Pelhams commended by leading quality scheme

Pelhams Park Leisure Centre, Bournemouth has passed a tough assessment by Sport England’s leading national quality scheme, Quest.

The leisure centre is managed by BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council. Quest is the best-known improvement programme within the leisure industry. Its rigorous assessments challenge even the very top leisure centres in the UK.

In order to achieve Quest Entry, Pelhams Park Leisure Centre had a one-day assessment, across core areas of operation, and a mystery visit.

The centre’s vibrant atmosphere and community feel was praised by the assessor. Its health and wellbeing programme was highlighted as a key attribute. BH Live’s Swimming Academy, which has more than 800 pupils at the centre, employee friendliness and centre cleanliness were also applauded.

“This is a fantastic achievement and a real team effort, says Mike Lyons, BH Live’s director for sport and leisure.

Taking part in Quest demonstrates our commitment to continually improve the facility and its activities for both employees and customers. I am very proud of the team at Pelhams and all those who contribute to making it a smashing community facility for all.”

Quest’s operations director, Caroline Constantine, said: “By meeting Quest’s high standards, BH Live and the team at Pelhams Park Leisure Centre have shown commitment to providing quality facilities and service to its customers.

“The new Quest standards are more demanding and challenging for the management team and staff, and it is now much more of an achievement to succeed in Quest at any level. In these tough economic times it is more important than ever that local leisure facilities can demonstrate their value, and Quest helps them do just that.”

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Team at Pelhams Park Leisure Centre with their Quest certificate.

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About Pelhams Park Leisure Centre

Pelhams is operated by BH Live in partnership with Bournemouth Borough Council.

Located in north Bournemouth, it two swimming pools, a sanarium, gym, group exercise and spin studios with 130+ weekly classes, a FeelGood Factory and Terrace Café with a soft play facility.

800+ people are learning to swim at Pelhams through BH Live’s Swimming Academy.

It has three outdoor tennis courts and eight floodlit 3G rubber crumb artificial training pitches running Play Football leagues. The team works closely with the local community and health groups to provide fitness and social activities for all.

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About BH Live

BH Live is the south coast’s leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With more than five million visits a year and £42 million turnover we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy.

In 2017/18 we had 4.5 million leisure centre attendances, hosted more than 500 events and sold over half a million cultural, sporting and entertainment event tickets. We also welcomed 59,000 conference and exhibition delegates.

This generated an estimated £53 million in local economic benefit.

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