Holywell Leisure Centre is a sports and leisure complex in Flintshire that is run as a community trust and works to improve the physical and mental health of local people. It has an array of facilities that cater for people of all ages and abilities, including a gym, sports hall, swimming pool, squash courts, soft play area and café.
Address: Holywell Leisure Centre, Fron Park Road, Holywell, Flintshire, CH8 7UZ
Telephone: 01352 355 100
Eifion Williams, Business Adviser, Social Business Wales:
“It was a pleasure to work with Tudor and the team at Holywell Leisure Centre. They’ve gone through a lot to get to where they are and it was good to know that Social Business Wales could help them with the community asset transfer and safeguarding of the workforce. As a social business, the Centre is in a good position to keep growing for the future.”
Holywell Leisure Centre
The 'mothership of Holywell' is improving a community's quality of life - Gaynor's Story
I’ve been working at Holywell Leisure for 15 years, and have seen the centre move from council ownership into a community trust. We were keen to make it work and enable services to stay on. Everyone knows everyone here and it’s a great place to work. We cater for all ages, from babies up to older members of the community.
I work in the gym, putting people through their induction, I also run classes in the gym and in the pool. I’ve always been a fitness enthusiast. I used to do body building in the 1980s and 1990s, and was came 7th in Miss Universe in 2001.
The best feeling is seeing people make progress and improving their quality of life. I love doing something good for someone. If people aren’t comfortable in a gym, I have a chat with them during their induction to ease any anxieties. I’d also look to get them involved in the gym at different times, possibly when it’s quieter.
Sport is in our family – my daughter is line for the Wales netball squad for the Commonwealth Games, and she started out here, at Holywell. I also coach the Wales under 17s netball team. In the future I’d like to go into sports massage next and maybe bring it into the centre, along with beauty referrals.
"...now it’s a community trust, we seem to have more time, more freedom and flexibility to do what we want to do..."
As an organisation – now it’s a community trust, we seem to have more time, more freedom and flexibility to do what we want to do. Individually, I feel I can communicate more with the bosses and get directly involved in the running of the place.
I think we’d be quite restricted if the leisure centre was not run as community trust, as we can be more proactive with decision making.
This place is known as the mothership of Holywell! It would be awful if it wasn’t here, it’s the main focus of the town. I know of people who have said the centre has changed their lives, reduced illnesses and depression, and has helped them to get out of the house.