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Sport Wales is delighted to announce Parkwood Leisure as the preferred commissioned partner to work alongside them at the National Outdoor Centre at Plas Menai from January 2023 following an extensive procurement process. 

The partnership with the award winning leisure management provider is designed to ensure the Centre at Plas Menai has a long-term sustainable future, providing more opportunities for people to enjoy the facility and the stunning North Wales coast. 

Parkwood Leisure specialise in the development and operation of leisure facilities, visitor attraction centres, golf courses, heritage sites and theatres on behalf of local authority clients. Since their formation in 1995, they have grown and are now one of the most experienced providers of leisure management provision in the UK. Their mission is to create and maintain sustainable, lasting partnerships to help build happier and healthier local communities.

From 30 January 2023, Parkwood Leisure will take on the day to day running of the Centre for an initial ten year period. The buildings and land will continue to be owned by Sport Wales. A strategic partnership group comprising representatives from Sport Wales, Parkwood Leisure and staff working at Plas Menai will monitor the performance of the partnership. As well as growing and enhancing the current services the partnership must safeguard staff employment terms and conditions. 

A man wind surfing with the Plas Menai building in the background
Based on the Menai Strait, Plas Menai, the National Outdoor Centre for Wales, offers activities and watersports courses for schools, groups, families and individuals.
Parkwood clearly understand how important Plas Menai is to Sport Wales and their record in collaborating to improve and deliver services both in Wales and further afield is impressive.
Graham Williams, Sport Wales Director

Graham Williams, Sport Wales Director, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Parkwood Leisure on board to work with us at National Outdoor Centre at Plas Menai. Over the last seven months they have impressed us with their innovative ideas around developing a year-round offer, their expertise in and commitment to understanding the needs of the local community, as well as the importance they place on staff wellbeing. 

"Parkwood clearly understand how important Plas Menai is to Sport Wales and their record in collaborating to improve and deliver services both in Wales and further afield is impressive. 

“Plas Menai is already a world-renowned provider of outdoor activities with proud and passionate staff and I have no doubt that the additional expertise that Parkwood Leisure brings will lead to more people enjoying all that Plas Menai has to offer. I’m excited to see what we can achieve together.”

This announcement marks the first day of a legal standstill period, lasting at least 10 days. This will be followed by a three-month transition plan ahead of the partnership beginning in January.

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