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Leisure services in Lewisham

A phased reopening of Lewisham’s leisure centres and swimming pools will start from October 2020.

In partnership with Lewisham Council, we are in the process of undertaking an assessment of the borough’s leisure centres - the majority of which have been closed for over six months. Downham Health & Leisure Centre, which is operated by 1Life, opened with limited services in July 2020.

Centres are currently being assessed by Better and the Council following the extended closure period.  Better will be working with the Council on the reopening programme – details of which will be communicated to customers following the completion of the assessments.

We look forward to welcoming back the dedicated Lewisham team as we start work on the re-opening of the centres, ensuring that facilities are ready to welcome customers back safely. Following the long closure, necessary maintenance and deep cleaning will be undertaken as quickly as possible. All staff will be trained on the new ways of working and rules to keep everyone safe during the continued COVID-19 restrictions.

We are absolutely committed to an accessible leisure offer for the residents in the London Borough of Lewisham. The financial challenges of reopening should not be underestimated and much depends on the general public’s willingness to return to leisure centres during ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19.

For more information on Lewisham Council’s Leisure facilities see: here

Please return to this page for further information in the coming weeks.

Frequently asked questions

What does the change of leisure operator mean for customers?

Our goal is to make community services and spaces better for everyone and to improve the health and wellbeing of local communities.

Better is committed to improving the customer experience and ensuring affordable and accessible leisure activities.

Which centres are opening first?

Centres are currently being assessed by Better and the Council following the extended closure period.  Better will be working with the Council on the reopening programme – details of which will be communicated to customers following the completion of the assessments.

As an existing leisure customer in Lewisham, is there anything I need to do?

Customers need not do anything so please don’t worry about your membership, swimming lessons and other activities as Better will we will be in contact shortly.

I am not currently a Lewisham Leisure customer but am interested in joining – what should I do?

Please complete the form below and we will be in touch.