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Health, Fun and Happiness for Everyone through Charitable, Community Leisure 

Who are we:  

Rossendale Leisure Trust is the largest not for profit Charitable Trust in the Valley. Established in 2004, we still aspire to promote an active and healthy community within Rossendale.  

We believe that everyone deserves health, fun and happiness and we are committed to offering this through the leisure facilities we provide.   

We run two main facilities including: 

  • Adrenaline Centre, Haslingden, home to fun, family activities Grip & Go, Laser Tag, Roller Skating, Gym as well as health and wellbeing facilities such as a ladies only gym, indoor and outdoor sports facilities and group exercise studios.  
  • Marl Pits, Newchurch, which includes our welcoming and friendly gym, studios, well maintained swimming pool and toddler pool and outdoor sports facilities including 4G pitches. 

The Trust has a growing development team working in the areas of Sport and Healthy lifestyles.  

Some of the work we are most proud of is our community programme which includes school-based sport and activity provision, as well as delivering over 100 primary school sports competitions and outreach sessions within the community. 

We have over 500,000 customer visits a year at our facilities, along with a headcount of over 500,000 a year passing through our in-school and community outreach and coaching programmes. We have also managed to bring in over £2,000,000 of grant funding to the Valley since 2004 for a variety of project and facilities. 

What this means:  

As a Charitable Trust, we work to benefit the Rossendale communities. We have no financial shareholders therefore, we can reinvest all profits back into the services and facilities that we provide. This allows us to continually improve sport and leisure for the local people.  

Who is involved?  

The Leisure Trust is led by a Board of Trustees, all of whom are local people with a shared passion for health, wellbeing, sport, and most importantly, Rossendale. All Trustees volunteer their time and skills to direct company affairs.  

We employ local people who know the area and aim to provide a friendly, welcoming and non-judgemental environment for everyone.  

Our Executive Director, Ken Masser was appointed in 2016. Ken is a local, Rossendale resident, chartered accountant and has a range of experience from different sectors. Ken can be contacted through various social media platforms @kenmasser.  

Our Management team of Frances Ferguson, Jodie Shenton, Paul Gallagher, Phillip Holden, Lesley Wells, Mark Kay and Ross McCowan combine for decades of leisure management experience and with this experience comes a great passion for our aims and objectives to help us provide our service to the local community.