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    Northern Community Leisure Trust

    About Us

    The Northern Community Leisure Trust was established by North Down Council in 2012 when it took the decision to out-source the provision of its leisure services, and it was the Trust that awarded the contract to deliver the services to Serco Leisure Operating Ltd.

    Completely independent of Ards and North Down Council, the Trust currently has six members, all of whom live locally. You can find out a little more about us below.

    Our role and responsibilities

    Our key role is to oversee the management and development of the leisure and recreational services previously provided by North Down Council.

    This means that we work closely with the Serco management team to ensure that all those who live in the area we serve have access to the best and widest range of facilities possible and that this continues to be the case.

    It is our responsibility to approve any major policy developments, monitor income and expenditure and agree strategic objectives and priorities.

    To carry out our responsibilities, we meet regularly with the Serco management team and, on a quarterly basis, with representatives of the Council’s leisure services team, but we also work closely with a range of other bodies which share our interest in providing the best possible opportunities for everyone in the area to access healthy activity. Our ambition is to help more people become more active more often and we are particularly keen to widen access across the community we serve.

    Becoming a member of the Trust

    If you share our ambition and would be interested in joining us, we will be delighted to hear from you. We are keen to recruit more members, so, if you would like to contribute to the development of leisure services and recreational opportunities in the general North Down area, please do get in touch.

    What you will need if you are to enjoy being a member of the Trust is a strong sense of the value and importance of leisure activity in all its many forms, an interest in promoting healthy living in the community, an awareness of some of the barriers that stand in the way of people being more active and how they might be overcome and enough time to attend and contribute to our meetings.

    If you would like to know more, please get in touch with me at Bangor Aurora, 3 Valentine Road, Bangor BT20 4TH.

    I will be delighted to hear from you and to answer your questions.

    John Young
    Chairman of the Trust


    Meet Our Trustees




    John's working life has been spent in the world of schools and education. He was head teacher of Sullivan Upper School in Holywood for 18 years and got to know North Down well in that time.

    As chair of the Trust, he is committed to working closely with the Serco management team to ensure that all those who live in or near the North Down area are able to access the best possible range of leisure services and gain the health benefits of doing so.




    A native of Scotland Jon has lived in Northern Ireland for much of the last 20 years.  He has a keen and active interest in most types of exercise and fully understands the role of physical activity in maintaining a healthy body and mind. 

    Working in the field of person and organisational development Jon has travelled extensively in North America, Africa, and the Middle East in the last 10 years.

    Keenly aware of the mental well-being challenges facing our society, Jon seeks opportunities to improve access to physical activity for all.




    Iain works for the Department for Communities in Belfast, in the Historic Environment Division. His career to date has taken in work in mapping and road safety in the British Isles and further afield.

    Iain is involved with Castle Juniors FC, one of the largest users of the Trust's facilities.




    John has significant not-for-profit & business experience as former Chief Executive of Business in the Community NI, a charity working with companies to promote responsible business, and as Managing Director of Coogan and Watts Ltd, a company manufacturing and distributing packaging materials.

    John was awarded a USIA Fellowship to study entrepreneurship and CSR in the US and was invited to lecture on CSR on various MBA programs at Ashridge Management College, Queens University and University of Ulster.

    John holds a number of directorships with for profit and not-for-profit organisations and has raised more than £250,000 for good causes. He was awarded an LVO in the 2006 New Year Honours.

    John agreed to become a Trustee because he believes that there is a definitive link between physical fitness and good health.




    Wesley has served as a Councillor since 2005 and have held the post of Mayor of North Down in the 2012-13 year and Deputy Mayor in the 2007-08 year. He is currently Chairman of the Council’s audit committee and sits on the board of North Down development organisation and Bangor Alternatives. 

    He is a keen 5 a side footballer and actively supports local football. 

    He is keen to see Bangor Aurora grow and wants to ensure the centre realises its enormous potential and is a welcoming place where all residents of the borough feel at home, whether they are elite athletes or casual users.




    Yvette is a journalist who works as a TV and radio producer, presenter and commentator. She spent 17 years with the BBC in Northern Ireland and has worked for UTV, Sky News and newspapers. She is also a school governor.

    Yvette joined the Trustees because of her keen interest in exercise and sport, particularly in the area of youth engagement and widening community participation. She believes that the Trust can make real progress in helping to break down the barriers to exercise which often affect those with disability or illness.



    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.