1610 expands its operations in North Devon with the management of South Molton swimming pool

Posted: 3rd Jul 2018

Category: 1610 Trust


One of the South West’s leading leisure operators, 1610 has taken over the management of South Molton swimming pool in North Devon.

South Molton Leisure Trust which had previously managed the site decided to seek a new operator to safeguard the long-term future of the pool and 1610 was the preferred bidder. The new management contract for the pool began on July 2nd.  This brings the number of leisure sites which 1610 leisure trust operates in North Devon to four. It also runs Torrington Pool and Sports Hall, Holsworthy Leisure Centre and Torridge Pool.

 As a larger leisure operator 1610 hopes with its economies of scale and greater buying power it will be able to reduce its operating and administration costs as well as introduce new programmes and activities to the pool. Under the changes 1610 will own the building as well as be responsible for the day to day running of the pool. 1610 manages 19 leisure facilities on mostly shared school sites but this will be the first time that 1610 will own the building its responsible for managing. 1610 will be setting up a steering committee for the pool known as the Friends of South Molton Pool to give the local community a say in the future plans for the pool.

1610 Swim and Sports Development Manager Ricky Hayes says that 1610 is a very experienced and successful leisure operator in the South West which will bring great benefits for the facility and local community; “South Molton Leisure Trust has done a great job of managing the pool but it is easier for a larger trust such as 1610 to reduce running costs by sharing admin duties and expenses which would make it more efficient to run and safeguard the long- term future of the pool. 1610 has a very successful swim school at its other leisure sites in North Devon which it would like to develop further at South Molton and we look forward to working with staff and the local community to ensure that we can make the pool an exciting and vibrant facility for everyone to enjoy in the years ahead.”