Performance & Reports

Chairman's Update 2019/2020

Every year since our creation we have striven to be better.

To work harder to help people and communities, to be better supporting and developing our workforce and to create more opportunities than ever before to inspire everyone to be active, creative and healthy.

In early 2020 we welcomed a new addition to our leisure portfolio with the opening of Standish Leisure Centre,Wigan.

This is a beautifully designed building packed with the latest kit and technology, but a building only becomes more than bricks and mortar when it is used, and enjoyed, by people.

At the end of March, when Covid- 19 forced the closure of our buildings, it had been exceeding our targets in terms of the number of happy and healthy members.

It had also become a place that had quickly become known locally, not just for a quality traditional leisure offer, but a location for many of our Wellbeing programmes for people less comfortable with taking a traditional gym route to a healthier lifestyle.

What is always challenging in any report is to demonstrate the difference we make to individuals and just how massive those changes can be to someone's life.

Our social media feeds are constantly updated with these individual successes and stories but in a written report like this, pure numbers simply don't come anywhere close to showing the whole picture.

Which is why I was particularly delighted that this year saw us win the "Demonstrating Social Impact" accolade at the prestigious Community Leisure UK Awards for our work with young people and families at Howe Bridge Leisure Centre, Wigan.

Recognition for the difference we make is always welcome from our peers. Innovation and collaboration remain at the heart of what we do and no project epitomises this more than Prehab4Cancer which launched in 2020. 

This unique exercise, nutrition and wellbeing programme, delivered in community leisure centres to help thousands of cancer patients prepare for and recover from major surgery, shows how innovative co-working between the leisure and healthcare sectors in Greater Manchester is in creating better patient outcomes and NHS savings. 

We're proud to be part of this programme and proud to be helping so many people as a result of our involvement and working with others.

In late 2019 more than 300 people celebrated the tenth year of the Lose Weight Feel Great programme which has seen 40,000 participants over the last decade.

A phenomenal achievement and an evening I will never forget because it was filled with so many motivational and success stories that have taken place over the last decade thanks to so much hard work from Inspiring healthy lifestyles staff.

In Cannock Chase we transformed Rugeley Leisure Centre with a £500,000 refurbishment. The leisure centre also celebrated a hattrick of accreditations after receiving Excellent in Quest UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure and IFI (Inclusive Fitness Initiative) Mark, and Swim England Learn to Swim Provider Accreditation. The Museum of Cannock Chase and Prince of Wales Theatre also continued to go from strength-to-strength with increasing visitor numbers. 

As you will note in this report, performance in Selby, North Yorkshire was also extremely positive not just in terms of visits to leisure centres but the sheer volume of people signing up for our Move it and Lose it Weight Loss Programme.

For me the story that shows the most about our community credentials took place during Christmas in 2019 when staff at the Leisure Centre and Summit Indoor Adventure encouraged customers to drop off unwanted coats as part of a Coats For Christmas Campaign.

In just over two weeks more than 200 coats had been donated and redistributed to local charities and handed out to the homeless over Christmas.

As always I am extremely proud of all the work we have done helping to transform people's lives. And that wouldn't be possible without the hard-work, dedication and selflessness of our staff.


Gareth Cross
Chair of Trustees


WLCT trading as Inspiring healthy lifestyles is required by law to publish an annual gender pay gap report.

This is the report for the snapshot date of 5 April 2020.

  • The mean gender pay gap for Ihl is 3.5%.
  • The median gender pay gap for Ihl is 0.1%.
  • The mean gender bonus gap for Ihl is *N/A.
  • The median gender bonus gap for Ihl is *N/A.
  • The proportion of male employees in Ihl receiving a bonus is *N/A and the proportion of female employees receiving a bonus is N/A.

*Bonus payments not made to employees

Pay Quartiles By Gender

Band     Males    Females    Description
A  36%  64% Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them at or below the lower quartile.
B  47%  53% Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the lower quartile at or below the median.
C  48%  52% Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the median but at or below the upper quartile.
D  45%  55% Includes all employees whose standard hourly rate places them above the upper quartile

The figures set out above have been calculated using the standard methodologies used in the Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017.

I confirm that WLCT’s gender pay gap calculations are accurate and meet the requirements of The Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017

Dawn Heaton
Company Secretary