Press release

Community Leisure UK join as federal members

Community Leisure UK, the national association of leisure and cultural trusts has joined Co-operatives UK as a federal member, bringing closer working between social enterprises operating in the leisure industry and the co-operative movement.

With 112 members running a wide range of services across the UK, from leisure centres to libraries, Community Leisure UK members join the national network for thousands of co-ops, championed and led by Co-operatives UK. Together both organisations will ensure that member owned organisations within the leisure and culture sector are represented and can benefit from stronger links to the wider co-op sector, which contributes over £36bn to the UK economy.

“In today’s uncertain times it’s more important than ever to co-operate, and we’re delighted to welcome Community Leisure UK on board. They join a number of other trade associations who make up our federal membership, adding thousands of voices to the national and international co-operative movement.” 

We’re already supporting many leisure and cultural organisations, including helping communities save and run local assets such as piers, lidos and cinemas through community share offers.  This partnership allows us to connect existing and new members for a stronger and more resilient sector, and for us all to benefit from valuable economies of scale.” 

Head of Membership at Co-operatives UK, John Atherton

Members of Community Leisure UK now receive a range of benefits including generous discounts on training, meeting room hire, events and professional advice, and importantly the ability to contribute to public campaigns to influence decision makers to secure better outcomes for co-operatives and member owned businesses.

“This partnership with Co-operatives UK will directly support our co-operative members who deliver vital public services across the nation. This year we have received shoulder-to-shoulder support from Co-operatives UK to try and safeguard the genuine trust model in public services; so, our Federal Membership will build from here and we very much look forward to our formal partnership”. 

Cate Atwater, Chief Executive of Community Leisure UK.