Jesmond Community Leisure – lessons from the UK’s first asset transfer in 1992

Glenn Armstrong, Chief Executive, Jesmond Community Leisure

This is the opening presentation at the Enterprising Asset Transfer in Leisure, Sport and Community conference which takes place The Portland Centre, Nottingham on25th March

A one-day conference focuses on how community groups, sports clubs, trusts and parish councils and others can best take over the ownership and management of assets from local authorities and run them as vibrant and viable social enterprises

Glenn  Armstrong’s presentation  will cover how asset transfer is now becoming more common amongst cash strapped local authorities, and many opportunities may arise over the coming months and years.

Jesmond Community Leisure was the first of this kind of asset transfer, back in 1992, when the local authority had to make budget savings as part of poll tax cuts. This facility has gone from strength to strength over the years, and is now a very successful community leisure centre, that has operated for over 23 years, without any public subsidy at all.

Jesmond is significantly different from most other charitable leisure trusts, in that it has had to learn to operate and be responsible for every aspect of the building and company’s operations from scratch.

Glenn will take you through a brief history and explain the benefits and drawbacks of this type of relationship, and more importantly lessons to be learnt for others considering this route.

Glenn Armstrong has been Chief Executive at Jesmond Community Leisure since 1992, Glenn is  Chartered Fellow and Trustee of CIMSPA and vice chair of Northern Hub and Chair of Sporta Northern Region Committee. Before Jesmond, his main experience was in local authorities up to Principal Officer level.

For further information about this event contact Svend Elkjaer on 01423 326 660 or email

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