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Creche Service Withdrawal Confirmed

PRESS RELEASE: 3rd April 2019

Local charity and East Lothian Sports & Leisure provider enjoyleisure, confirms the withdrawal of its crèche services, currently provided within five of its Sports Centres, as of 12noon on Friday 26th April 2019.

The crèche service currently provides child supervision facilities at Aubigny, Musselburgh and North Berwick Sports Centres as well as at Dunbar Leisure Pool and the Loch Centre, Tranent. With the exception of Good Friday and Easter Monday, 19th & 22nd April, the crèche service will continue to operate Monday – Friday up to and including Friday 26th April. However from 12noon on the 26th April, this service with be withdrawn.

This decision is not without deep regret to all involved. Over the past 10 years, since enjoy’s creation, the crèche service has been retained for the benefit of our customers, despite operating at a shortfall. However, as user numbers continue to decline year upon year, the subsequent financial deficit has increased strain on the rest of the organisation.

In addition, strict adult to child ratios and current charging requirements reduce enjoy’s capacity of increasing income for this service, and at existing user levels, it is not possible to retain this provision at an affordable cost to customers.

With substantial increases in business operational costs accompanied with reductions in Council contract funding, enjoy has had to re-evaluate its current financial and operational position in order to ensure the long-term sustainability and viability of the whole organisation. 

General Manager, Bill Axon adds, “I have met with all of the staff involved both collectively and individually, and the professionalism shown and their approach to this decision has been remarkable. They are a credit to themselves and to enjoyleisure and I have every reason to be extremely proud of the quality of the service they have provided.”

“I also recognise the efforts of the ‘Children and Families of East Lothian’, with whom I have met with personally, to outline our current position and provide further detail to the wider context within which has ultimately forced us into making these decisions.” 

“We would additionally like to take this opportunity to thank our customers and staff for their continued support and loyalty. As a local charitable organisation, we cannot survive without your backing, and we are incredibly grateful for this.”

“As East Lothian’s Sports & Leisure charity, we work closely with East Lothian Council, local sports clubs and the wider community to maintain affordable access to safe and fit for purpose facilities to the best of our ability. This, even though the financial environment within which we operate is currently exceptionally difficult, remains a principal objective. Likewise, to retain sport and leisure facilities in all our major towns, which allows for easy, local access for all our communities.”

“I genuinely appreciate how disappointing such decisions can be for certain patrons, however, I can assure our customers and future customers, the Board of enjoy and myself are committed to ensuring the on going provision of sport, leisure and fun activities across East Lothian for many years to come.”

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