After massive support from the local community to try and save it's closure, our local leisure centre is now being run by a SLM (Sports and Leisure Management Ltd). The company base is in Leicester, but they seem to have a heavy American feel. The lesson are called 'swim' rather that swimming, and the 'menu' says that you can 'revitalize' by buying their products. No - not the greatest conspiricy theory i grant you. However, a course of lessons used to be about £47 per term - they have now shot up to about £62. The tuition period runs for 50 out of 52 weeks a year. When the promo lady was questioned about why they were continuing to charge for lessons throughout the holidays when most kids go away so would be unable to attend - with a straight face, she said it was not a money spinner, but to encourage learning!!
They have taken up 3 out of 5 tables in the veiwing area with their 'recruitment desk' - which will be there for at least another 2 months. To 'cap' it all - each child has been issued a different coloured brain squeezer which they have been told to wear "for both hygeine and so that the lifeguards can identify the ability of the class". I was also told that for public swimming times though, these hats do not have to be worn!! So, are they saying that the same kid will be less hygeinic learning from tutored lessons than if they swim with their family??
Sorry for the rant - but i just wondered if they this company has caused the same disruption nationally?