Eastbourne Leisure Trust
Female Workout Class Group

Guarantee your place in your favourite activity up to 8 days ahead by becoming a booking member. Registration is simple and completely free!


ASA swimming lessons are available from 6 months up to competition level.

Business Meeting


    Eastbourne Leisure Trust

    Eastbourne Leisure Trust was formed as a company limited by guarantee in April 2004 and took over the operation of the Sovereign Centre that year. The trust was granted Industrial and Provident Society (IPS) status on 1 April 2009.

    Neighbourhood Life

    Neighbourhood Life is our approach to helping ‘more people, become more active, more often’.  The 3 key areas of Neighbourhood Life enable us to focus our services on improving health and wellbeing, establishing our centres as community hubs and providing opportunities to participate in a range of sports.

    Health and Wellbeing
    We help local neighbourhoods and communities to improve their wellbeing through access to programmes of support that help them become more active, more often and to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

    We want our leisure centres to be community hubs, where you can participate in a range of physical and social activities. In addition to getting people more active to benefit their health, and teaching important life skills such as swimming, we also provide many other activities, such as helping older people to remain active and to socialise, activities for young people that they are interested in and providing opportunities for families to have fun together.

    We want to increase the opportunities for people to participate in a range of different sports. We work in partnership with National Governing Bodies to deliver programmes that make sport more accessible and fun for beginners or returners. We also work with local clubs to identify and develop local talent.


    Eastbourne Leisure Trust meet quarterly, minutes are available upon request


    Hugh Graham

    Hugh Graham has lived in Eastbourne since 1985. He has held senior positions in both the NHS and local government service; as Chairman of the Eastbourne Sports Council, he has been at the forefront of sports developments in the town over many years. He is a member of the Institute of Leisure and Amenity Management (ILAM) and holds a masters degree in Social Policy.

    Christine Haynes

    Christine Haynes has been involved in the delivery of fitness and exercise in Eastbourne for more than 30 years. She joined Eastbourne Borough Council in 1987 working in the Tourism Department, then moved to management of the Leisure contract in 1999. Recently retired, Christine is interested in ensuring access to affordable leisure facilities for all ages and abilities. Married with two sons, she has lived in Eastbourne since 1968.

    Paul McNaught Davis

    Paul McNaught Davis, B.Ed, MA was the Head of Chelsea School at the University of Brighton until 2006. He has been lecturing in sports science, leisure and PE since 1976 and was appointed to the Head of department in 1998. He has written several text books on fitness and health and is a member of a keen sporting family

    Alan Putland

    Alan Putland, born and educated in Eastbourne, Chairman of one of Eastbourne's largest engineering companies now retired, past chairman of EDEAL , life member of Eastbourne Swimming Club qualified ASA / STA swim teacher and licensed ASA swimming official, Alan is married with 2 children and 5 grandchildren all living locally.

    Gary Brickley

    Gary Brickley born in Eastbourne,  has a PhD in exercise physiology and a MSc in cardiology and is a senior lecturer in Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Brighton.  A keen swimmer competing in open water and masters events also coaching children and adults in swimming. Fellow of British Association of Sport and Exercise Scientist, published widely in International Journals. Coaches multiple gold medal winning Paracyclists. Strong interest in exercise for health benefits as well as sport for fitness and performance.

    Karen Keech

    Karen has worked at national, regional, county and local level for a variety of sports organisations including two national governing bodies of sport, educational institutions and local authority. She has a keen interest in sport and exercise participation and holds a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sport psychology.