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Jesmond Swimming Pool. How it was done. Brief History. 1992 60 yrs old, 25 x 13 pool, 2 sunbeds JSP formed registered charity, limited by guarantee 5 yr lease, no funding, reserves or support Business plan and community support £ 2 weeks before opening £50,000 grant FSA

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jesmond swimming pool

Jesmond Swimming Pool

How it was done

brief history
Brief History

1992

  • 60 yrs old, 25 x 13 pool, 2 sunbeds
  • JSP formed registered charity, limited by guarantee
  • 5 yr lease, no funding, reserves or support
  • Business plan and community support £
  • 2 weeks before opening £50,000 grant FSA
  • Confident but cautious April opening
performance figures
Performance figures

1998

Users 145,000

Income £242,356

Exp £224,543

Recovery rate 108%

Income/user £1.67

Pre 1992

Users 96,500

Income £35,424

Exp £86,400

Recovery rate 41%

Income/user 37p

how was it done
How was it done?
  • Doubled availability of public swimming from 40 to 80+ hours
  • Significantly reduced energy costs (halved)
  • Consistent programme
  • Efficiently managed water space
  • No wasted water time
  • Open bank holidays and weekends
  • Controlled staff costs
  • Volunteers
organisation
Organisation
  • Board of Trustees and members
  • Created smaller sub groupsOperationsPersonnelCommunicationsFinance and fundraisingBuilding development
  • Monthly meetings anyone can attend
success factors
Success factors
  • Dedicated board of Trustees
  • Tremendous community support
  • Use of volunteers
  • Careful original team selection
  • Absolute honesty with staff and users
  • Clear objectives
  • Understanding of roles
  • Flexibility of staff
  • Will to win
working for a trust
Working for a trust
  • A sense of ownership
  • A sense of achievement
  • Very clear objectives
  • Instant feedback
  • Feeling in control
  • Tremendous job satisfaction
  • Best ever teamwork
  • Feeling valued
building upgrade onwards
Building upgrade onwards
  • £1.6 million upgrade
  • Increase in turnover and costs
  • Different challenges/new customers
  • Different local authority viewpoint
  • Focus drift from money to impact (SA)
  • Trustee development/recruitment
  • Review of objectives – from (SA)
where we are now
Where we are now
  • Expanding
  • Reviewing status and objectives
  • Looking for more challenges
  • Talking to council
  • Developing Social Accounting work
  • Broadening horizons but reaffirming local ties
  • Considering purchase of building
key factors
Key factors
  • Must have Social Capital
  • Must have proven demand and need
  • Right people from day1
  • Appropriate overall structure/governance
  • Local authority support or tolerance
  • Good business plan
  • Community recognition and support
  • Potential to grow
contact details
Contact details
  • Glenn Armstrong CEO
  • www.jesmondcommunityleisure.co.uk
  • [email protected]
  • 0191 2812482
  • St Georges TerraceJesmondNewcastle upon TyneNE2 2DL
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