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UK Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools Market Report 2023
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“A focus on public health and individual wellbeing can help leisure centres and swimming pools unlock much-needed investment and tap into growing consumer interest in self-care.” –   David Walmsley,…

UK Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools Market Report 2023

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Stay ahead of the curve and future-proof your business with Mintel’s UK Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools Market Report 2023. Our full report is packed with consumer-led market intelligence, the latest trends and consumer behaviours affecting your industry.

Below, we’ve handpicked the key insights analysed in the full report and summarised the core topics.

Key Topics Covered in this Report

  • The impact of the cost of living crisis on public leisure centre and swimming pool visiting.
  • Challenges to facility provision posed by high energy costs and local authority budget pressures.
  • Opportunities emerging from the market’s growing focus on health and social value.
  • Changes in leisure centre visiting and activity habits.
  • Customer satisfaction with public leisure centres and pools.

UK Leisure Centres – Current market outlook

The market has regained value thanks to the return of demand for leisure centre activities following the COVID-19 pandemic. However, a combination of rising costs and the difficulties local authorities face in funding the replacement and renewal of ageing facilities are threatening to push the sector back into more prolonged decline.

  • UK leisure centre and swimming pool market size: Mintel forecasts that the market will increase by an estimated 9.7% in 2023, building on the years of healthy growth following the pandemic.

Purchase our full report for more in-depth market statistics on this UK leisure centre services industry.

UK Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools – What’s next for the industry?

Mintel’s consumer research indicates that most people are happy for leisure centre services to monitor their health and fitness, and help them improve both. Two thirds of all adults are interested in accessing health and fitness services such as medical checks and dietary advice at a public leisure centre or swimming pool. By providing these services, leisure centres could connect with key demographic groups.

To learn about more opportunities for growth during times of financial uncertainty purchase our full UK Leisure Centres and Swimming Pools Market Report.

More About this Report

For the purposes of this report, Mintel defines leisure centres and swimming pools as those owned by local authorities. Market size is based on expenditure in publicly-owned leisure sites.

Private health and fitness clubs are excluded from the coverage of this report, as are all other private leisure and swimming facilities that are not open to the general public.

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Expert Analysis from an Industry Specilalist

This report, written by David Walmsley, a leading leisure industry analyst, delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends in the leisure services market and add expert context to the numbers.

A focus on public health and individual wellbeing can help leisure centres and swimming pools unlock much-needed investment and tap into growing consumer interest in self-care.

David Walmsley - Research AnalystDavid Walmsley
Senior Leisure Analyst

Table of Contents

  1. Overview

      • Key issues covered in this Report
        • Products covered in this Report
        • Executive Summary

            • The five-year outlook for leisure centres and swimming pools
              • Figure 1: Category outlook, 2023-28
            • The market
              • Rising leisure centre closure rates threaten value growth
                • Figure 2: Forecast of public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, 2018-28
              • Non-sport facilities feel post-pandemic pinch
                • Figure 3: Public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, by segment, 2019-23
              • Investment crisis threatens facility stock
                • Figure 4: Public sports centres with swimming pools, 2001-23
              • Companies and brands
                • Smallest trusts face biggest risks
                  • Figure 5: Management of public leisure centres and swimming pools, by management type, 2023
                • The consumer
                  • Leisure centres and pools are most popular paid sport and exercise venues
                    • Figure 6: Participation in sport, exercise and fitness activities, 2023
                  • Public pools corner the swimming market
                    • Figure 7: Participation in public leisure centre and swimming pool sport and fitness activities, 2022 and 2023
                  • Families favour good value food and drink
                    • Figure 8: Participation in non-sport/fitness activities at public leisure centres and swimming pools, 2022 and 2023
                  • Leisure centres are well equipped – but too busy for many
                    • Figure 9: Overall satisfaction with public leisure centres and swimming pools, 2023
                  • Visitors value quality, variety and service
                    • Figure 10: Key drivers of overall satisfaction with most frequently visited public leisure centre or swimming pool, 2023
                  • Health interests can help centres target younger Millennials
                    • Figure 11: Interest in accessing health and fitness services at a public leisure centre or swimming pool, 2023
                • Issues and Insights

                  • Leisure centres discover the great outdoors
                    • Health services can connect with key demographics
                    • Market Size and Performance

                      • Centres numbers cut by COVID-19 and rising costs
                          • Figure 12: Public leisure centre and swimming pool numbers, 2014-23
                        • Swimming spearheads post-pandemic revenue recovery
                          • Figure 13: Public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, 2018-23
                      • Market Forecast

                        • Centre closures pose biggest threat to growth
                          • Figure 14: Leisure centres and swimming pools outlook, 2023-28
                        • Energy bills and investment crisis build supply-side pressure
                            • Figure 15: Forecast of public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, 2018-28
                          • Learnings from the last income squeeze
                              • Figure 16: Public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, 2011-15
                            • Forecast methodology
                            • Market Segmentation

                              • Non-sport facilities feeling post-pandemic pinch
                                  • Figure 17: Public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, by segment, 2019-23
                              • Market Drivers

                                • Cost of living crisis threatens leisure spending
                                    • Figure 18: Consumer confidence, 2021-23
                                  • Energy costs push older centres to the brink
                                      • Figure 19: Average wholesale gas prices, forward delivery contracts, 2021-23
                                    • Local authorities left with little to invest in leisure
                                        • Figure 20: Public sports centres with swimming pools, 2001-23
                                      • Operators pivot from leisure to health
                                          • Figure 21: Interest in improving aspects of wellbeing, 2022
                                        • Sustainability is coming – but at a high cost
                                            • Figure 22: Environmental concerns, 2022
                                          • Public facilities at centre of new inclusion drive
                                              • Figure 23: Sport and fitness facility visiting, by socio-economic status, 2023
                                          • Market Share

                                            • Smaller trusts face biggest risks
                                                • Figure 24: Management of public leisure centres and swimming pools, by management type, 2023
                                              • Leading operators regain pre-pandemic revenues
                                                  • Figure 25: Leading leisure centre and swimming pool operators, by revenue, 2019-22
                                              • Launch Activity and Innovation

                                                • New facilities in planning and construction
                                                  • Venue upgrades attract investment
                                                    • Outdoor swimming boom revives fresh-air pools
                                                      • Swim England launches new strategy
                                                        • Immersive experiences take fitness studios global
                                                          • A more clinical approach to health promotion
                                                          • Leisure Centre Visiting

                                                            • Public facilities more popular than private
                                                                • Figure 26: Participation in sport, exercise and fitness activities, 2023
                                                              • Customer loyalty staying strong
                                                                  • Figure 27: Public leisure centre and swimming pool visiting intentions, 2023
                                                                • Female fitness is a key future focus
                                                                    • Figure 28: Public leisure centre and swimming pool visiting, by sex and age, 2023
                                                                • Leisure Centre Activities

                                                                  • Clear blue water between swimming and the rest
                                                                      • Figure 29: Participation in public leisure centre and swimming pool activities, by type, 2023
                                                                    • Leisure centre lifecycle can foster long-term loyalty
                                                                        • Figure 30: Participation in public leisure centre and swimming pool sport and fitness activities, 2022 and 2023
                                                                      • Food and drink top the ancillary menu
                                                                          • Figure 31: Participation in non-sport/fitness activities at public leisure centres and swimming pools, 2022 and 2023
                                                                      • Customer Satisfaction

                                                                        • Happy families – but top ratings slip
                                                                            • Figure 32: Overall satisfaction with public leisure centres and swimming pools, 2023
                                                                          • Quantity versus quality is a hard balance to strike
                                                                              • Figure 33: Satisfaction with elements of public leisure centre and swimming pool experiences, 2023
                                                                          • Key Drivers of Customer Satisfaction

                                                                            • Customers value quality, variety and service
                                                                              • Figure 34: Key drivers of overall satisfaction with most frequently visited public leisure centre or swimming pool, 2023
                                                                            • Meeting peak demand is the most pressing priority
                                                                                • Figure 35: Overall satisfaction with most frequently visited public leisure centre or swimming pool – key driver output, 2023
                                                                            • Leisure Centre Services

                                                                              • Younger Millennials start thinking about their health
                                                                                  • Figure 36: Interest in accessing health and fitness services at a public leisure centre or swimming pool, 2023
                                                                                • Health promotion can attract new visitors
                                                                                    • Figure 37: Interest in accessing health and fitness services at a public leisure centre or swimming pool, by participation in sport, exercise and fitness activities, 2023
                                                                                • Appendix – Data Sources, Abbreviations and Supporting Information

                                                                                    • Abbreviations
                                                                                      • Consumer research methodology
                                                                                      • Appendix – Forecast Methodology

                                                                                        • Market forecast and prediction intervals
                                                                                          • Figure 38: Public leisure centre and swimming pool revenues, 2023-28
                                                                                        • Market drivers and assumptions
                                                                                          • Forecast methodology
                                                                                          • Appendix – Key Driver Analysis

                                                                                              • Interpretation of results
                                                                                                • Methodology

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