King Alfred Leisure Centre, Hove

Sport & Play Service and Supply Large Coastal Leisure Centre.

Occupying a prominent position on the seafront at Hove, just west of Brighton, the King Alfred Leisure Centre serves a large catchment area. However, the centre is operating under difficult conditions because the whole area is currently the subject of a controversial redevelopment plan.

Disenchanted with her previous supplier, Kerry Taylor, Centre Manager at the Council run King Alfred Centre brought in Sport & Play to organise the site’s equipment servicing.

“The service from Sport & Play has been really good,” said Kerry. “Having worked in leisure centres themselves, the team’s understanding of how it works on a daily basis, coupled with their ability to take the pressure off by doing all the running around, has removed a major headache for me.”

As the leisure centre, which is the largest in the area, is due to be redeveloped in the near future, funds for additional gym equipment were even more limited than usual. Therefore, Sport & Play stepped in to supply a range of reconditioned equipment at a fraction of the cost of purchasing new.

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“Sport & Play’s prices are very competitive too,” said Kerry. “As well as servicing all the sports hall equipment, gym kit and trampolines, we’ve now asked them back to supply soft play matting.”

Kerry believes that communication is key to an effective partnership and continued: “The team at Sport & Play are very good at taking on board and dealing with any comments I have about the service engineers. There’s always going to be a minor problem or two along the way, but Sport & Play are great at communicating and keep me informed at every step.”