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Health and fitness services remain at risk as gyms, swimming pools and leisure facilities report ongoing energy cost pressures

Female athletes in a spin class

Nearly 40% (2 in 5) of leisure centres and other publicly operated fitness facilities are considering reducing services or closing sites entirely by March, due to ongoing high energy costs.

ukactive’s energy risk survey received responses from public sector operators across 164 council areas in the UK and from private sector operators representing a total of 801 sites.

It found that three quarters (75%) of private facilities are extremely likely to have to increase their customer pricing in the next six months, with 87.5% having already been forced to raise prices over the past year to cope with high operating costs. Continued price increases would not be a sustainable solution for businesses or for consumers.