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Peterlee Leisure Centre gains top Quality Award

Peterlee Leisure Centre has been awarded top marks following a two-day quality assessment carried out in June. The QUEST quality assessment was carried out by Right Directions and Leisure-net Solutions and is the industry kite mark for measuring quality within sports and leisure centres.

  • Following the assessment the leisure centre was awarded the category of “Excellent” – the highest mark that can be given
  • Peterlee Leisure Centre is operated by Leisure Connection, which operates more than 50 leisure centres throughout the country and is the first Leisure Connection centre to achieve this award
  • The quality assessment covers all aspects of operating sports and leisure facilities
  • Day One of the assessment covered Business Planning, Continuous Improvement, Customer Experience, Team and Operations; while day two covered Swimming lessons, FIA Code of practice, Financial Management, Health & Safety and Sales


Malcolm Grinstead, Contract Manager at Peterlee Leisure Centre, said:

The result is a testimony to the great team at Peterlee and reflects a journey that started in 2003 when Leisure Connection first took over the management of the centre. The QUEST process is all about continuous improvement and our assessment scores have increased every two years. The centre will now work on the improvement plan and the team is striving to provide an improved service for local people.

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Local leisure centre makes a splash with new sport initiative

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with County Durham Sport to help the local community get into sport by introducing a brand new Aqua class for beginners to its timetable. The class is specifically for people that are currently inactive and want to take that first step into a healthier and fitter lifestyle. The classes […]

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Peterlee vs. Mud! Local leisure centre takes on epic obstacle race

On Sunday 23rd March, Peterlee Leisure Centre users took part in an extreme obstacle filled mud run in Hardwick Park, Sedgefield. Sixty-seven fitness enthusiasts who train at the centre completed the Muddy Mayhem challenge, which involved running 5km or 10km over a muddy obstacle course The extreme course saw the brave participants wade through freezing […]

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Peterlee Leisure Centre to host free ladies day

Peterlee Leisure Centre is teaming up with East Durham Belles to host a special ladies day at the centre on Saturday 29th March. From 12pm until 4pm, the leisure centre will be encouraging the women of the community to come and try a wide range of exercise classes completely FREE of charge. This exciting physical […]

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