SLC will be hosting and facilitating a series of Virtual Think Tanks on public sector leisure provision, building on our heritage of hosting peer to peer knowledge sharing and transfer seminars for the leisure sector for over 10 years.

Each week we will host a 90 minute session to explore key questions and challenges facing the sector. Exploring current issues and also looking ahead to the new ‘normal’ and how our sector can adapt and respond to take advantage of new opportunities within what is likely to be a long period of economic recovery. We would expect attendees to invest at least an hour of their time in each session.

Virtual Think Tanks are to offer colleagues support, share and generate ideas for the benefit of the sector only. Nothing else.


The theme for this Thursday 2 April 3pm-4.30pm on Zoom is ‘Leisure Provision – Post Covid’ as follows:

  1. What should leisure, sport and physical activity provision look like in a typical town in the UK 3 years after the end of Covid-19?
  2. What should the role of central and local government be in supporting this vision of the future?

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


We will use Microsoft Teams and Zoom alternately as the video conferencing application to enable colleagues with access to different apps to get involved.

We will post the theme of each Think Tank through our social media networks five days in advance to enable you to select the sessions of most relevance and contact us to register through Places will be limited on each session to ensure you have the time and space to contribute.

Sessions will initially be held at 3pm-4.30pm each Thursday (BST).

Some sessions will be limited to public sector officers and elected Members only, others will be mixed with private / public and trust sectors. SLC will also invite other strategic partners / major sector organisations with a relevant specialism in the subject matter area to provide expert input or just to listen, learn and share.

We are inviting colleagues to feed through issues that they would be particularly interested in exploring.

Some initial themes suggested to date have been:

  1. Dealing with the lockdown
  2. Current and future management fee implications
  3. Future priorities for LA’s influencing partnerships – concessions, outreach, targeted interventions
  4. Future customer behaviours and impact on leisure partnerships.

SLC will provide and publish a short summary of the sessions. Any input and contributions will be non-attributable.

We do hope this will be a way of ensuring we can capture and share some positive ideas, best practice and more importantly connect with colleagues, albeit virtually!

To register or if you have any questions and / or suggestions for discussion topics, please contact us on or call us on 01444 459927.