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Who We Are?

South Dorset Community Sports Trust (SDCST) was set up in 1999 to address the lack of affordable sports and recreational facilities available in the area of South Dorset, especially Portland and Weymouth.  It was well known at the time that the Navy who had built the centre were intending to vacate and the local community set up the Trust to procure the site for the public when the MOD disposed of the property, this eventually occurring in 2007.

In keeping the centre open we have encouraged many more new groups and individuals of all abilities to come and benefit from everything offered.  From limited facilities back in those days we have constructed three new fitness areas, a room for indoor cycling, a new social area with café, a conference room, upgraded many of the community facilities on offer and also just converted a room into a family/disabled changing room and replaced all the showers..  This last year recorded a footfall of over 90,000 compared to just 35,000 in 2007/08.   Through sheer hard work, dedication, fundraising efforts and user support we have greatly improved the centre.

Whether you are local and want to make use of the facilities or visiting the area from afar you are most welcome to join us for anything to do with fitness, family and fun with choices of pay and play and membership options for regular participants.

Recently the centre has won awards for progressive thinking and action on energy saving, sustainable and renewable energy initiatives.  The Trust is a leading example of how to turn a business around from wasting most of its income on unnecessary utility consumption to being at the forefront of testing new products that other site operators visit from miles around to see how they might improve their own business.  We are always more than happy to help interested parties who wish to see what can be done if the determination is there to change for the better.

For more information on Trust facilities, events, donations and contracts please contact General Manager on 01305 824378 or by email on

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