Winchester Fit for the Future is a voluntary group drawn from local sports clubs and stakeholder organisations in the Winchester area.
It is working to develop sustainable and accessible community sports facilities – and is specifically campaigning for a new sports and leisure centre to serve the City of Winchester, its surrounding District and broader catchment area.
The organisations steering committee is undertaking detailed research and analysis, consulting national governing bodies for sport and local experts, and developing proposals for a centre that can expand participation in sport, support training and host major competitive events.
Fit for the Future's website states; "Winchester is not well placed currently to draw on the Olympic legacy to improve sports participation or generate economic benefits, due to gaps in local provision and a public sports and leisure facility that is well past its prime. If we are to make the most of opportunities presented by the Olympics, we must plan now for the development of a new community sports and leisure centre, combining a competition standard swimming pool with excellent facilities for a diverse range of sports and users.
"Winchester needs a place to play, a place to train and a place to compete – a place that will inspire the whole community to engage in sport and experience the many benefits it can offer."
Fit for the Future are urging Winchester City Council to work with local partners now, to plan for the construction and operation of a new community sports and leisure centre.
Local MP Steve Brine says; "I have met the Fit for the Future team on a number of occasions and 100% back their ambition for Winchester to have a world-class sporting facility. That may be on the current River Park site or somewhere new. I am clear that Winchester City Council must lead on this project and am speaking to councillors and officers to encourage them to step up, which they are doing. I am also clear that any new facility must be affordable, accessible to my constituents in the city of Winchester as much as to those travelling into Winchester and it must be financially sustainable on its own two feet so local rate-payers are not constantly being asked for more money going forward."
What can you do and where can you find out more?
See details of the online petition to support Fit for the Future's ambition for Winchester - here.
If you live in the Winchester City Council area write to your local city councillor(s), copied to Steve Brine MP, and ask them whether they support the campaign. Councillor details here and Steve via firstname.lastname@example.org
Follow Fit for the Future on Twitter.
Visit the Fit for the Future website.
Visit Steve Brine's Local Sports Clubs web-pages - here.
Do you have a local issue you would like to campaign on alongside Steve Brine? Get in touch today - see here.