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Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet is keen to ensure skaters continue to have somewhere safe to enjoy the activity in Burntwood by installing a Skate Park at the town’s leisure Centre.

A skate park had been situated at Cherry Close in Burntwood on land leased from Staffordshire County Council. However, this land is set to accommodate a new health centre.

burntwood leisure centre

Lichfield District Council is partnering Burntwood Town Council to deliver the replacement scheme at a cost of £106,000, £86,000 negotiated by the district council from housebuilders and £20,000 contributed by the town council from the Community Infrastructure Levy (a charged levied on new developments).

At this evening’s Cabinet meeting councillors recommended the project to the Council.

The Leader of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doug Pullen said:

“We are using funds negotiated from housebuilders to expand our leisure offerings right across the district.

“We understand how important they are to residents of all ages which is why we are working to deliver this replacement skate park in Burntwood and have made an investment in a new leisure centre at Stychbrook Park in Lichfield.

“Our aim is to encourage more people to be more active, more often and it’s great that we are able to collaborate with Burntwood Town Council in providing a new place for skaters to meet and practice in a safe location.”

This Easter, Active Lichfield and MAMA UK are excited to invite children aged 6 to 15 to our Easter HAF Holiday Camps at the Burntwood Leisure Centre! Thanks to funding from the Staffordshire County Council Holiday Activities & Food Programme, we’re offering an engaging and active week that’s sure to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays.

Camp Details:

  • Dates: Monday, 25th March to Thursday, 28th March
  • Time: 9 am to 4 pm daily
  • Age Group: 6 to 15 years old

A Basket Full of Activities:

Our camps are designed to make this Easter unforgettable, with a variety of activities that cater to all interests and skill levels. Kids can make a splash with daily swimming lessons, create unique memories with Easter-themed crafts, and get moving with sports and activities including kickboxing. To ensure a holistic experience, we’ll also incorporate yoga and mindfulness sessions to promote well-being.

Nourishment for Mind and Body:

We believe in nurturing both the body and the mind, which is why a nutritious hot meal will be provided each day to keep everyone energized for all the fun!

How to Register:

Don’t miss out on the chance to be part of this egg-citing Easter event. Spaces are filling up quickly! To book your place, call us at 01543 672439 and have your code ready.

This event promises not only a basketful of fun but also the opportunity for growth, learning, and new friendships. Join us at Burntwood Leisure Centre for an Easter to remember!

Easter Camping Photo (All information on this poster can be found on this webpage)

Lichfield District Council and Burntwood Town Council today announce a collaborative project to fund the relocation of the much-loved skate park that was situated on land owned by Staffordshire County Council which has been allocated for a new health centre development due to start soon.

Understanding the importance of recreational spaces for residents, both councils have committed to work together to ensure the skate park finds a new home at Burntwood Leisure Centre.


The project is estimated to cost around £100,000, with Lichfield District Council contributing a significant £86,000 from council 106 funds. Section 106 funds can be made available to support a future need that arises as a direct result of a proposed development. Burntwood Town Council is also set to agree £20,000 from Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) monies next week; together demonstrating a strong partnership and commitment to community leisure facilities.

Leader of Lichfield District Council, Doug Pullen, expressed his enthusiasm for the project, stating:

“We know the skate park provides a valuable destination for children and young adults. We are committed to preserving and developing our leisure activities in the district, and I am pleased we have been able to work together with Burntwood Town Council to ensure skaters of the district will continue to have a place to practice, meet, and enjoy the facilities in a safe and secure location.”

Echoing the sentiments, Leader of Burntwood Town Council, Darren Ennis, highlighted the community’s concern over the loss of the skate park:

“We know that many young people and their families were unhappy that the skate park is being removed. I am thrilled that we have been able to work together with the District Council to find a way to move the skate park to a safe location and to jointly fund this important leisure facility for so many people.”

This initiative reflects both councils’ dedication to enhancing local leisure and recreational offerings, ensuring that the needs and interests of young people and families in the community are met. The relocation of the skate park to Burntwood Leisure Centre will not only preserve the activity but will also provide an upgraded and accessible space for skaters to enjoy for years to come.

Work on the new site is expected to commence shortly, with both councils working closely to ensure minimal disruption and a swift transition to the new location.

An exciting range of free sport and activity sessions has been arranged for young people to enjoy over Half Term.

The sessions, from Monday 12 February to Friday 16 February, are taking place at venues in Lichfield and Burntwood.

They include Soft Archery for 7-14 year-olds or 12-19 year-olds (depending on the venue), Street Dance with Fusion for 10-15 year-olds, Kwik Cricket for 7-14 year-olds, football for 7-15 year-olds and 10-19 year-olds (depending on the session), multi sports for 7-15 year-olds, basketball for 9-15 year-olds, and Judo tasters.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, said:

“There are some great activity sessions on offer to the district’s young people over the Half Term break.

“They are free, delivered by our fully-qualified Getin2it coaches, and there is no need to book – just come along and join in.”

For full details of session days and times visit Holiday Fun  on the Active Lichfield website.

All participants are required to complete a Getin2it Participant Consent Form if they have not previously attended sessions.

This can be downloaded on the Active Lichfield website  and should be returned directly to in park

There will be more for visitors to Burntwood Leisure Centre to enjoy following the installation of a brand-new soft play area for children and the refurbishment of the facility’s tennis courts.

A picture of the refurbished tennis courts and the new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

The Active Kids Zone, a soft play with slides, steps, obstacles and building blocks in bright, attractive colours is suitable for children aged between 6 months and ten years of age.

It has been installed by Lichfield District Council in partnership with Microsports which will be managing the facility.

Situated on the ground floor of the leisure centre the soft play will open on Thursday 1 February. There is no need to book, and the charge is £3. Entry will be free over Half Term (12 to 16 February).

The soft play is part of a programme of improvement at Burntwood Leisure Centre, implemented by Lichfield District Council, which also includes the refurbishment of the tennis courts.

These have been resurfaced and temporarily laid out with lines for tennis and netball use. The full painting of the courts will be concluded in the spring.

The courts are free to use for the remainder of January. From then the charge will be £6 for members and £7.50 for non-members per hour, per court.

Bookings can be made online .

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said:

“The new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre will be popular with young children, and their parents, while refurbishing the tennis courts is important as it helps encourage outdoor activity.

“Our teams are working hard to improve leisure facilities across the district and I welcome these latest initiatives.“

Michael Hampson of MicroSports said:

“Together with Lichfield District Council we are delighted and proud to be providing a new soft play at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

“From enhancing motor skills and fostering social interaction to promoting creativity and cognitive growth, Active Kids Zone is designed to be not only a playground, but a holistic and enriching play experience.

“We would also like to invite players to take advantage of the refurbished tennis courts which offer an enhanced fitness facility for users.”

A major milestone has been passed in Lichfield District Council’s project to establish a dedicated route for walkers and cyclists between Lichfield and Chasewater.

Onwards to Lichfield! Lichfield District Council Leader Councillor Doug Pullen and Cabinet Member for High Streets and Visitor Economy Councillor Janice Silvester-Hall with members of Back the Track on The McClean Way at Brownhills.

The Greenway will be created on the former South Staffordshire Railway Line, which opened in 1849 for passenger travel and coal and oil transportation but has not been running for decades.

Lichfield District Council has been working on preparations to transform the line into a ‘recreational corridor’ and has signed an agreement with the landowner, Network Rail, enabling preliminary works to begin.

The project will be progressed in collaboration with Back the Track, a group of volunteers who have already redeveloped the Brownhills to Pelsall section of the line – also known as the McClean Way, and Sustrans, the charity that works to create walking and cycling routes across the UK.

The Leader of Lichfield District Council, Councillor Doug Pullen, said:

“I’m delighted that after many years of negotiation and an in-depth feasibility study, this agreement has been made with Network Rail allowing volunteers to get started on the Greenway.

“When completed it will provide families with the perfect environment to enjoy cycling, walking and running in safety well away from busy roads.

“The work that Back the Track has already done is nothing short of a miracle, and we are fortunate that such a brilliant group are willing to continue their superb work.”

Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for High Streets and Visitor Economy, Councillor Janice Silvester-Hall, said:

“The Greenway will be a fantastic facility for the district’s residents, and visitors to enjoy.

“In addition to the leisure and environmental benefits it will bring, the Greenway will improve connectivity between Chasewater, Hammerwich, Burntwood and Lichfield.”

Tim Kitchen of Back the Track said:

“In 2017 when Back the Track started clearing the disused railway line between Walsall and Brownhills, our ambition was always to get to Lichfield so there would be a destination at either end. Now BTT are delighted to have been asked by Lichfield District Council to share our expertise in helping to open up the missing link.”

Kent Farrell, sponsor for Network Rail’s Central route, added:

“We’re pleased to be working with our partners at Lichfield District Council to explore how disused railway land between Lichfield and Brownhills could be repurposed to help better connect local people and increase the provision of sustainable journeys in the area.”

The Health and Wellbeing manager at Lichfield District Council has been presented with a special award in recognition of her tireless work encouraging women and girls into sport.

Tasmin Turner has won StreetGames’ Midlands Engaging Women and Girls Award after demonstrating a relentless commitment to addressing the sporting inactivity gap by building strong relationships with local women.

For numerous years Tasmin and the Active Lichfield programme have been providing inclusive, safe and fun activities through StreetGames’ Us Girls project.

Lichfield District Council recently secured investment from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund to continue and expand the US Girls programme across the district working with women and girls from the age of 8 years while the Active Lichfield and Getin2it programmes have seen a ‘huge uplift’ in females accessing sport and physical activity.

Tasmin said:

“I’m delighted to have been chosen to receive this award. We have done a lot of work for the project, not just in terms of providing physical activity but in also offering a safe space for women and girls and promoting healthy relationships.

“It is great to see more women and girls participating in sessions and being active as it has such a positive effect on lifestyle and mental health.”

Lichfield District Council’s Chief Executive Simon Fletcher said:

“Tasmin has, and continues to do, amazing work encouraging women and girls to participate in sport.

“Her enthusiasm and determination to deliver improvements to people’s lives through physical activity is inspirational and we are very proud of her and her achievements.”

US Girls

The Us Girls programme offers 8 sessions per week. For more information about the programme visit 

Refurbishment of the tennis courts at Burntwood Leisure Centre is well underway and they are expected to be open for use early in the new year.

A picture of the courts.

The project, funded through the Community Infrastructure Levy from development in the area, is seeing the courts resurfaced and laid out with temporary lines for tennis and netball use.

The resurfacing will be completed in January with the full painting of the courts concluded in spring.

The courts will be open to everyone regardless of age and ability and tennis rackets and balls will be available to hire or buy from the leisure centre.

Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, Parks and Major Projects, Councillor Andy Smith, said:

“I am pleased that refurbishment of the courts is progressing.

“They are an important part of the offering at Burntwood Leisure Centre and the work is part of our commitment to providing first-class sports facilities for residents’ use.”

Michael Hampson, Director of Microsports, which is delivering the upgrade, said.

“Tennis court resurfacing is not merely about aesthetics; it directly influences the performance of players and ensures a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone involved.

“Investing in quality court surfaces contributes to the longevity of the facility and encourages sustained community engagement in sports.

“The resurfacing project is expected to not only enhance the playing conditions but also attract new players to the sport.

“With tennis and netball, being popular and inclusive activities, they will benefit from well-maintained courts that cater to players of all skill levels.

“This initiative aligns with the broader goal of promoting a healthy and active lifestyle within the community.”

Active Lichfield’s Walking Football team is celebrating after winning the national championships.

The Burntwood Strollers competed in the 2023 Over 65 Walking Football National Cup Finals on Sunday, 17 September, following a series of matches which culminated in victory over Winstanley at the David Ross Sports Centre in Nottingham.

The team was among 73 involved in the National Cup event and one of just eight regional winners to reach the final. After playing teams from across the country the ‘Strollers’ are delighted with their win.

Walking Football is an inclusive and recreational activity for people of all ages and abilities. The rules are the same as regular football except that it is played at a walking pace and can help bring older players, and people with mobility injuries, back to a sport they once enjoyed.

The Burntwood Strollers evolved from walking football sessions on Tuesdays and Fridays at Burntwood Leisure Centre.

Tasmin Turner, Health and Wellbeing Manager at Lichfield District Council, said: “The Burntwood Strollers success in the national finals is an outstanding achievement and I’m very pleased for the team.

“We are so proud of the players and their coach, Kieran, who puts a lot into the delivery of the sessions.

“Delivered by Active Lichfield, which promotes activities across Lichfield District,  in partnership with Midlands Soccer Academy, the Active Lichfield Walking Football sessions have been running for the past decade.

“Initially they attracted only four of five participants, but then really took off and as many as 30 people now come along to each of the two sessions we deliver each week.”

For more information about Walking Football please visit

Burntwood Strollers, the walking football team national champions!

Membership subscriptions for Friary Grange Leisure Centre are being reduced from 1 October to encourage Lichfield residents to become more active.

With its swimming pool, well-equipped gym, group exercise classes and squash courts the leisure centre on Eastern Avenue can really help users foster and maintain a healthy lifestyle and it’s open seven days a week.

Now Active Lichfield District, which operates the facility, is offering a ten per cent reduction in the subscription so that Individual Membership is £33 per month, down from £37; Joint Membership is £60 per month, down from £66.50 and Swim Only Membership is £25, down from £28.50.

Councillor Andy Smith, Lichfield District Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “Encouraging the use of Lichfield’s leisure facilities is very important. There is no doubt that exercise and activity have a positive effect on people’s lives, and we will continue to do all we can to get everyone to join in.”

Lloyd Sanders, of Active Lichfield District, said: “We are offering this reduction to the monthly membership subscription at Friary Grange Leisure Centre only, to help encourage the local community to get more active, more often.

“Our memberships allow members access to our great swimming pool facility, our gym which offers a wide range of equipment to help you stay motivated and access to our weekly exercise classes including, Aerobics, Pilates and Step.

“We hope to see new members joining and improving their wellbeing at Friary Grange this autumn.”

Swimming pool
For full details of the leisure membership packages available please visit