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Whose pride is it anyway?

Dr. Michael Howcroft, Research Fellow at the University of Southampton, introduces the Feeling Towns knowledge exchange project and explores some of the issues of researching civic pride and place identity. The 2021 ‘Levelling Up’ fund prospectus and subsequent 2022 white paper both emphasised the political value of civic — or local — pride. The prospectus […]

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Vice-Chair calls for collaboration at a local level

In my role of Vice-Chair I represented CLOA on the active-net panel last month, to discuss the future of public sector leisure.  Acknowledging the challenges the last year had thrown at the sector, I was also keen to outline some of the opportunities it provides. To make the most of these, I made a pitch […]

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Call to Action – An Appetite for a Rethink

The CLOA Executive has collectively written this article outlining the opportunity to reflect and to create much-needed lasting positive change in the impact of our services. It seeks to stimulate debate and set a ‘reset and build back better’ tone to the national discussion, reclaiming the place-making value of the leisure, sport and culture sectors […]

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The Death Positive Library

Anita Luby, Culture, Libraries & Heritage Services Manager for Vision Redbridge Culture & Leisure, shares how the service became the first ‘Death Positive Library Service’ in the UK and the impact this has had locally. Just over 18 months ago, Redbridge Library Service was 1 of 14 UK public library services to be awarded funding […]

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New opportunities for cost effective leisure infrastructure

Paul Cluett, Managing Director at Alliance Leisure highlights how it’s possible to breathe new life into leisure provision without necessarily committing to large scale capital investment.  We know that investing in our leisure infrastructure is key to creating more active communities and transforming the health of the nation. We also know that money in the […]

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Partnership working key to delivering a quality, sustainable leisure provision

James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure, highlights how local authorities can drive participation by engaging external expertise and, by thinking a little outside of the box, can make it possible to breathe new life into their leisure provision without necessarily committing to large scale capital investment. The country is facing a health crisis. The […]

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Supporting local pubs

Pubs are a vital part of the fabric of every local community and every local authority in Britain. As with local shops, post offices and schools, communities simply aren’t the same if they lose their pubs. They are also vital to local economies, supporting nearly 900,000 jobs, UK wide, and an essential part of the […]

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Salt Ayre Leisure Centre – a real success story

James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure, explains how, in partnership with Lancaster City Council, Alliance Leisure turned a failing leisure centre into a thriving physical activity hub. Looking at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre now, it’s hard to believe that just two years ago the facility was facing many questions around its long term viability. […]

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Archives and local government

I was delighted to host the Chief Cultural & Leisure Officers Association (cCLOA) Executive meeting at The National Archives last September. It was the third time we’ve welcomed cCLOA, and we always have thoroughly engaging conversations about archives and local government working better together. Local government is critical to us: they form the backbone of […]

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Response to Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021

The Libraries Taskforce recently published their draft vision Libraries Deliver: an Ambition for Libraries in England 2016-2021. The document reflects on the evolving role of libraries in light of changing public expectations. It presents a vision for the future and discusses how it should be achieved. As the membership organisation for cultural leaders whose strategic responsibility […]

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