Holme Pierrepont gets £6.7m management change

Holme Pierrepont
Image caption Olympic athletes trained at the centre before London 2012

A new management team has taken over at a major Nottinghamshire sports venue, promising £6.7m of investment.

The National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont is owned by the county council but was run and supported by Sport England until 2009.

Now the council has signed a 21-year deal with Serco Leisure to upgrade facilities and build an adventure golf course and sky trail.

The authority will contribute £1.6m but believes it will eventually save £14m.

The council said the centre would cost £800,000 a year to run if it maintained direct control.

The centre attracts around 400,000 visitors a year and features a 2000 metre (6,500 ft) international standard regatta lake and a world class canoe slalom and rafting course and campsite.

Serco Leisure will provide operational management on the site on behalf of the Holme Pierrepont Leisure Trust.

Olympic gold medallists Tim Baillie and Etienne Stott trained at the centre before London 2012.

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