North Derbyshire leisure centre in the money

Dronfield Leisure Centre.
Dronfield Leisure Centre.
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A sports centre has recorded a profit for the first time in its 42-year history.

Dronfield Sports Centre made £12,000 in the last year - when five years ago it needed a subsidy of £325,000 per year.

North East Derbyshire District Council, which owns the centre, said the success was due to improving the centre’s facilities and equipment and actively selling membership.

Council Graham Baxter MBE said: “For a centre in a small town with a population of just over 21,000 people this is a massive achievement and one where the staff at the centre deserve huge praise for making a profit.

“Not many council-owned leisure facilities can say they are making a profit, but the challenge we have now is to make sure we sustain this and improve what we offer over the coming years.

“The figures show we have got the right team in place, but it is up to us now to make sure we continue and keep up the good work.”