Sport, Art & Play Partnerships

Freedom Leisure

Freedom Leisure works hard to enhance, develop and sustain a number of partnerships in order to maintain our high level of commitment to deliver and improve local sport in your community.

This involves working together with voluntary organisations, charities, statutory bodies, local schools and local clubs. Some of our key partners are explained below:

Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (SPHW)

"working together to make sport and physical activity an everyday choice"

SPHW is a County Sport Partnership working to increase participation in sport and active recreation across Herefordshire & Worcestershire. They work with local authorities, clubs, schools, coaches, national organisations and communities to create more opportunities for everybody to get more active, more often.

  • Worcester is one of these local authorities and is a key member of the Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire (SPHW) along with five other regionalised authorities including; Bromsgrove, Redditch, Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest Wychavon and Herefordshire.
  • This ‘working partnership' approach is now common in the development of sport and has obvious benefits, such as shared resources, accessing funding channels and of course avoiding duplication of work
  • SPHW website can be found at

Sport Worcester

Sport Worcester is an integral component of Sports Development in Worcester City. The organisation is grant aided by Worcester City Council and aims to assist and increase provision and participation in sport at all levels. Sport Worcester helps clubs or individuals by:

  • Financially assisting clubs to increase standards, development, participation and equipment
  • Maximum Grant £500
  • Financially assisting talented and gifted individuals in their pursuit for elite performance
  • Maximum Grant £300

For more information on Sport Worcester, please visit their website information can be found here:  

Disability Sport Worcester (DSW)

Disability Sport Worcester is a registered charity (Charity number: 1024153), which works with Worcester City Council to offer coaching and sporting opportunities to both clubs and individuals with varying disabilities to achieve the highest standards possible.

Every Wednesday evening a DSW session is available at Perdiswell Leisure Centre from 1800 - 1930. A variety of sports is available from Archery to Boccia with professional coaching provided and an 'open door' policy is adopted making the session extremely welcoming. If you are interested in learning more about DSW or becoming a member then please contact Sports Development on: 01905 722 317.

To find out more about DSW- Please visit our Disability Sport page.

Worcester PE & School Support Network (WPSSN)

The Worcester PE & School Sport Network (WPSSN) is a partnership of Worcester City's key Sport and PE development organisations who are working together to support and champion PE and School Sport across all Worcester City schools.

To find out more about how we can support your school or what we can offer, please see our School Sport page or contact Matt Rogers, Sport Development Officer on 01905 722317 or email

Worcester Play Council

Worcester Play Council has been the single most influencing organisation on play schemes and play development within the boundaries of Worcester City since 1987. Their aim is to ‘enable access to quality play opportunities in Worcester City to benefit children and young people under the age of 16 years old'.

The Play Council has grown into a strong, successful and positive organisation due to the dedication of its volunteer members past and present. Over the years they have secured funding to introduce new play worker posts in the most disadvantaged areas of Worcester, continued to fundraise for play scheme and raise the profile of play throughout the City.

For more information on Worcester Play Council please go to our play page.

Worcester Community Trust

Worcester Community Trust is a registered charity (Registered Charity Number: 1112342). They are at the forefront of the development of new and existing services within the community, enabling everyone from across the whole city to get involved.

The Trust provides services and opportunities for children, young people and adults within some of the most deprived areas in Worcester, ensuring that those hard to reach individuals are offered equal opportunities in employment, health and social engagement.

The Trust also manages the six Community Centres in Worcester:

  • Warndon Community Centre
  • Ronkswood Community Centre
  • Tolladine Community Centre
  • Dines Green Community Centre
  • Horizon Community Centre
  • King George V Community Centre (Brickfields)

To find out more information please visit or contact a member of the team by email or telephone: 01905 453453.

Also visit their Facebook: and Twitter:!/WCTrust for the latest job ad volunteer opportunities.

University of Worcester

Over recent years, the number of people applying to study at Worcester has increased at a faster rate than any other University in Britain.

Due to:

  • A truly friendly, inclusive approach; 
  • Fantastic Sporting Facilities and Courses
  • An outstanding record of graduate employment.

The University has fully funded in a £100m investment programme to provide for new, improved and refurbished facilities. Recently completed projects include the new City Campus, home to the Worcester Business School and Britain's first university and public library which will provide a first class, truly inclusive, internationally acclaimed resource for students, staff and the wider community.

The Sport, Art, Play Development team work closely with key members of staff to ensure those students on Leisure and Culture courses have access to opportunities outside of a University setting allowing development of adaptability, confidence and provide opportunities to work in community based settings across the City.

For more information on what courses and opportunities there are please visit the Universities website:

If you are a student looking for volunteer and placement opportunities pleas visit our Volunteer page.

Heart of Worcestershire College

Heart of Worcestershire College (previously the Worcester College of Technology) is a forward thinking College of Further and Higher Education offering a range of courses and apprenticeships.

Worcester Sport Academy

  • Provides courses ranging from Diploma's to Foundations Degrees.

Leisure and Fitness

  • Provides courses for beginners ranging from running for men and women to yoga and exercise in the park. This course is designed as an introduction to running for anyone wishing to get fit and stay healthy.


  • Certificates ranging from Teaching Yoga to Personal Training.

The Sport Development team work closely with the college by aiding and promoting volunteering opportunities and placements. We also help and support students who are leaving college and want to carry on with their education into sport studies, sport clubs/societies and carry on with their participation in sport.

For more information regarding the courses please visit the HOW College website at

Worcester Sixth Form College

Worcester Sixth Form College are specialists in the education of 16-19 year olds whose staff are experts in meeting the needs of the age group. The students are highly successful, not just academically, but in many other kinds of endeavour, including sports, performing arts, music, Duke of Edinburgh, charity fund raising and a wide variety of other extra-curricular areas.

The Sports Development Team and Worcester City Council work closely with Worcester Sixth form students in aiding and promoting further education into sport studies, volunteering opportunities and by promoting further participation in sport. The college use Nunnery Wood Sports Complex as part of their academic studies allowing a easy partnership between them and Worcester City Council to be formed. 

Sports Academies

These academies ran through Worcester Six Form offer the following opportunities for 16-18 year olds:

  • To combine full-time academic study with sporting development
  • Regular high quality day-time coaching for individuals and teams
  • Bringing together of like-minded, motivated and talented young sportsmen and women
  • Integration of sporting development with fitness, dietary, health and technical guidance
  • Provision of all-year support in a coherent programme
  • Participation in regular challenging fixtures and regional and national competitions
  • Provision of specialist sports facilities and equipment
  • Opportunities to take national governing body awards in the respective sport.

For more information on their courses please visit the Worcester Six Form college website:

St Johns Sports Centre

St Johns Sports Centre located directly on the main Malvern Road provides access to the following facilities;

  • 4 court Sports Hall with under floor heating
  • Air conditioned Harpers Fitness Suite (56 stations with 42 IFI accredited pieces of equipment)
  • Air conditioned Dance Studio with sprung wooden floor
  • Multi purpose room with under floor heating
  • Two floodlit outdoor 5-a-side 3G All Weather Pitches

Please visit Freedom Leisure's St John's Sport Centre for more information. 

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex

Nunnery Wood Sports Complex is situated on the Spetchley Road and has the following facilities;

  • 4 court Sports Hall
  • 2 glass backed squash courts
  • Air conditioned Harpers Fitness Suite
  • Dance Studio
  • Multi purpose room
  • Floodlit Athletics Track (with full event facilities)
  • Floodlit outdoor Full sized 3G All Weather Pitch for football & hockey

Please visit Freedom Leisure's web page for more information. 

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Bilford Road

Tel: 01905 457189

Facilities include: 18 Hole Golf Course, Crèche, Bar, Dance Studio, Sunbeds, All Weather Pitch, Fitness Suite & Multi Functional Sports Hall.

For more information regarding either of these centres please visit the Sports and Leisure page.

1 Life

Two sports facilities managed by 1 Life on behalf of Worcester City Council are:

Worcester Swimming Pool & Fitness Centre

Sansome Walk

Tel: 01905 20241

Facilities include: Main Pool, Teaching Pool, Crèche, Sunbeds, Sauna & Spa, Fitness Suite & Aerobics Studio.

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Bilford Road

Tel: 01905 457189

Facilities include: 18 Hole Golf Course, Crèche, Bar, Dance Studio, Sunbeds, All Weather Pitch, Fitness Suite & Multi Functional Sports Hall.

For more information regarding either of these centres please visit the Sports and Leisure page.

Other Stakeholders

Our other stakeholders include: