THE MANAGING director at Freedom Leisure has been shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution Award in the Sussex Sports Awards 2012, to be held at the Hilton Brighton Metropole on November 23.
Jeff Hart has dedicated 35 years to the fitness and leisure industry, with much of this time spent in Sussex, where he was born and educated. In 2002, Jeff was instrumental in forming the Freedom Leisure not-for-profit group. Under Jeff’s stewardship, the company has grown from operating four leisure centres for Wealden District Council to 27 leisure centres in Sussex, including Bexhill Leisure Centre and Bexhill swimming pool. The business grew from a £4m to £40m operation and now employs 2500 local people.
Jeff is described as being ‘dedicated to delivering community sport, health and leisure in Sussex, helping to bring schools, clubs, councils and governing bodies together to provide first class sport provision at affordable prices.’ Jeff said he is “delighted” to be shortlisted.