Issue details

Leisure and Entertainment Facility and Services Review

Current arrangements with Sheffield City Trust (SCT) for the management of the Major Sporting Facilities (MSF), which includes Ponds Forge, Hillsborough and the Arena come to an end in 2024 and therefore there is a need to review who and how the facilities are run.


Procurement and subsidy regulations do not allow the Council to extend the current relationship with SCT whereby they operate them for own purposes with funding from the Council, when the existing arrangements come to an end.


The facilities are also in need of significant investment if we want high quality facilities that are modern and welcoming, accessible and inclusive.


The Council has explored management and investment options that will enable it to achieve the most cost effective way to operate facilities whilst ensuring facilities are fit for purpose, affordable and sustainable and give us better control over the services that are delivered from the facilities than under the current arrangements.


The management options considered were to bring the services in-house and manage them from within the Council, establish a Local Authority Trading Company (LATC) to operate the services or appoint an external partner through a tender exercise.


Decision type: Key

Reason Key: Expenditure/savings > £500,000;

Decision status: Item Called In

Notice of proposed decision first published: 19/10/2021

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Explanation of anticipated restriction:
An appendix to the report will contain exempt information and will not be published

Scrutiny Committee: Overview and Scrutiny Management Committee;

Decision due: 17 Nov 2021 by Co-operative Executive

Department: Place

Contact: James Barnes, Parks and Countryside Email: Tel: 20 53786.

Date agenda documents available: 9/11/21


Agenda items


  • Report of the Executive Director, Place