Rye Sports Centre operators are in running for business award

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The company which runs Rye Sports Centre has been shortlisted for the Sussex Business Awards.

Freedom Leisure has been chosen as one of three finalists in the Most Sustainable Business category.

The not-for-profit trust will find out if it has won the accolade at an event on Wednesday 10 December.

Freedom Leisure was nominated for the award for its eco credentials and for having completed extensive refurbishment works worth over £7 million at Crowborough, Uckfield, Heathfield and Hailsham Leisure Centres.

Freedom Leisure is committed to making its centres more environmentally friendly and made the move to renewable energy at 20 of its 30 centres – including Rye Sports Centre – earlier in the year.

These centres now use electricity supplied by Haven Power, who generate a proportion of their energy from biomass. Making the switch from power provided by traditional fossil fuels to a greener energy source has dramatically reduced their CO2 emissions.

They also installed cost saving LED lights in the pool halls at a number of facilities.