South Tyneside Council is celebrating a successful year in leisure services with more than one million customers through its doors for the first time in a 12 month period.
New figures for 2017/18 show that membership and leisure centre usage have reached an all-time high, with more than 6,000 members across the service.
The newly developed Haven Point and Hebburn Central have proven to be particularly popular, with more than 700,000 visitors between them alone. Other leisure centres in the Borough, which include Temple Park Centre, Monkton Stadium, and Jarrow Community Pool, continue to be well used.
The Council is planning to build on this success in the year ahead with a redeveloped Jarrow Hub on schedule to reopen later this year. This exciting project will see the transformation of the former Jarrow CA into a modern multi-purpose facility, incorporating state of the art library, leisure and cultural opportunities.
Members of the Borough Council will receive a presentation on performance across the Council's leisure facilities, when they meet on Thursday 12 April.
Councillor Alan Kerr, Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council with responsibility for Culture and Leisure, said: "We are delighted to be celebrating unprecedented levels of usage and membership across our leisure centres, with more than one million customers visiting our facilities in the past 12 months alone. This has exceeded all of our expectations.
"These figures show how well the Council's investment in new state of the art leisure facilities has been received by members of the public, with our centres becoming real hubs of activity and providing a varied range of activities and services for not only local people but community groups, businesses and visitors.
"These record levels of usage also go a long way to supporting our efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of both residents and visitors to the Borough.
"The challenge for us now is to build on this success, by continuing to attract new customers and adapting services to cater for the increase in demand."
Council members will hear how leisure centre membership has continued to grow in line with the development of facilities, since the opening of Haven Point in October 2013 - the first leisure investment project in the Borough over recent years.
In addition to the investment in leisure buildings, the Council continues to support workforce training and develop its activity programmes to ensure a varied and vibrant offer for leisure centre users.
The next meeting of the Borough Council takes place on Thursday 12 April, at 6pm, at South Shields Town Hall.