Sector leader’s call for urgent action from Government as energy costs put leisure facilities and pools at risk of closure

A coalition of leading bodies in the physical activity sector has written to the Government calling for urgent support to save leisure facilities from going under as they face a rise in energy costs of up to 150% on last year.

Hundreds, potentially thousands, of leisure centres, gyms and swimming pools may be lost as a result of huge rises in energy costs, which are estimated to have risen from a sector total of £500m in 2019 to between £1.0bn and £1.2bn in 2022.

Energy bills have increased by 150% compared to last year, and in 2023 are forecast to rise by 185% compared to 2021.

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