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GLL

About us   |   Contact us
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.

As the UK’s leading provider of both leisure centres and libraries we operate nearly 400 locations all helping to make a real difference to local communities and local people.
Find out more about GLL here...
GLL: News and press releases
26 Feb 2024
As part of a partnership with Better, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres across the UK, Pickleball England has announced that they will be offering free pickleball taster sessions this February 29th, as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage the public to get active on the extra day of the year.
23 Feb 2024
A decade on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed charitable social enterprise GLL, the operating contract for the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; continuing to build on the venue’s hugely successful legacy.
25 Jan 2024
GLL – the largest public leisure operator in London – has been shortlisted for two entries in the London Sport Awards 2024.
23 Jan 2024
The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme – the GLL Sport Foundation Awards – closes its application window on 20 February.
11 Jan 2024
Better leisure centres across the UK will be taking part in the 2024 Great Winter Get Together (12 – 15 January), a campaign run by the Jo Cox Foundation, which sees community events across the UK act as places where people can find meaningful connection.
11 Jan 2024
Spa Experience has re-opened its branch within Islington’s historic Ironmonger Row Baths after a two-year closure; the result of a devasting fire that ravaged the Grade II listed building in 2022.
11 Jan 2024
GLL has been awarded Investors in People Gold status. IiP is an international best-practice standard that recognises companies that commit to good people management and development of their people.
02 Jan 2024
Woolwich Library - operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, has been awarded £10,000 from the annual Europe Challenge Programme that works to address social isolation and inequality.
20 Dec 2023
Thanks to an extraordinary effort by staff and contractors and with the support of Swindon Borough Council, all areas of Swindon’s Link leisure centre will be back open to the public from 2nd January 2024, after a devasting flood on 17th September forced the facility to close.
20 Dec 2023
The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme opens its annual Award programme for new applications today (20 December 2023).
19 Dec 2023
With almost 20 per cent of the UK population living in the countryside, this marks the next frontier for fitness industry expansion. The challenge is finding the right model.
12 Dec 2023
This coming Monday (11 December), East End Pool in Byker opens its doors to a spanking new, state-of-the-art soft play centre.
GLL: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Health Club Management 2024 issue 1
Kath Hudson talks to industry experts from around the world about their key takeaways from last year and their hopes for 2024
Insight: Country life
Health Club Management 2023 issue 10
Many living in rural areas are missing out on fitness, as the standard gym model doesn’t work with low population densities. Kath Hudson asks how public and private sectors can broaden their reach
Health Club Management 2023 issue 10
While critical for business success, the challenges of ESG can be overwhelming. Operators tell us how they’re tackling it
Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
Leisure DB has published its State of the UK Swimming Industry Report 2023. Liz Terry looks at some of the key findings
Tough times: Mark Sesnan
Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
Thirty years ago, when Mark Sesnan conceived the idea of public leisure services being run as charitable trusts everyone said it couldn’t be done. Kath Hudson hears how he and his team made it happen
Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
As GLL celebrates its 30th anniversary, its CEO and its founder look back at key milestones and share the headlines of a new five-year plan, as Kate Cracknell reports
About GLL
Daryll Neita, GLL Athlete who secured a bronze in the women’s 100m and a silver in the 4x4 100m relay at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games / GLL
What we can do for you
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.

As the UK’s leading provider of both leisure centres and libraries we operate nearly 400 locations all helping to make a real difference to local communities and local people.

Every penny that GLL makes is reinvested back into the business to support our social purpose. www.gll.org

Background/History
GLL was formed as a ‘spin out’ from Greenwich Council’s Leisure Department in 1993 – starting with just seven leisure facilities.

We are a staff owned charitable social enterprise – a leisure provider that follows a different, fairer and better way of doing business.

We are proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

Key products and services
GLL operates over leisure, health, libraries and sports and legacy development.

GLL’s position as sport and leisure’s leading charitable social enterprise is built upon a solid foundation of services we provide to partners, key stakeholders and customers.

GLL helps build active and sustainable communities through partnership working. We work to a social agenda and are committed to providing accessible community facilities for all. We believe in offering value for money.

Our services are wide ranging and offer current and potential partners a range of solutions and options for enhanced service delivery, increased value for money and tangible added value through social value measurement and reporting.

We’ve been operating leisure centres since 1993 – since 2014 under our customer facing brand “Better” www.better.org.uk, and it’s probably what we’re best known for.

We are the UK’s largest public pools and public libraries provider – and the biggest provider of school swimming lessons.

USPs
We are the largest charitable leisure social enterprise in the UK, celebrating 30 years in 2023.

We operate the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme – The GLL Sport Foundation https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/ Celebrating 15 years in 2023 under our Patron Sally Gunnell, the Foundation has supported 24,000 athletes on their sporting journey since its inception in 2008, resulting in dozens of medals at international competition including Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Paralympics.

We are the UK’s largest public libraries operator – in 2023 celebrating 10 years of offering some of the best-used libraries in the country.

We are rooted in local communities, at the heart of health and wellbeing.

We produce impressive amounts of social value (£350m in 2022) – across a range of measures from physical and mental health to subjective wellbeing, to individual development and social and community development.

We operate some of the most iconic legacy facilities in the UK including the Manchester Aquatic Centre, London Aquatic Centre, Copper Box Arena and since 2022 – the London 2012 Olympic venues of the Lee Valley Regional Park.
GLL video gallery:
Plans for the next 12 months
Continue the strong bounce back from Covid, growing membership and sales.

Reducing barriers to participation by maintaining our concessions and Kids for a Quid scheme.

Partnering with UK Active, Community Leisure UK, the LGA, RLSS, Swim England and SEUK lobbying central and local government for financial support to meet the ‘existential threat’ to public leisure operators from utility price rises.
Key personnel
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
Phil Donnay, deputy ceo
Mark Sesnan, OBE, chief officer and special adviser
Key customers
Companies we work with include Annodata, Physical Company, Technogym, Change Please and Divine Chocolate.

Local Authorities and Agencies we work with include Greenwich Council, Belfast City Council, Cardiff City Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, LLDC, ukactive, SportsAid, SportsAid Wales, Mary Peters Trust, Swim England and Sport England.
Testimonial
“We made the decision to begin supporting the GLL Sport Foundation in 2015, and it is a pleasure to announce the renewal of our sponsorship with this incredible institution.

"Many bright and talented athletes throughout the United Kingdom are unable to chase their dreams of sporting glory due to lack of funding. We are passionate about helping GSF give equal opportunities to all young people and achieving their dreams of competing on the international stage.

"Our partnership enables both our brands to share the success of the UK’s most aspiring athletes who we are proud to have heard speak in such an inspirational way at our internal Sales Conferences and who have supported our marketing and brand development goals through representation and storytelling both in person and via social media”.
– Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive, Annodata
"I am so thankful for the support I have received from GLL Sport Foundation. My first individual medal ever is extremely special, and I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support, I have received from the GLL ‘family’.”
– Daryll Neita, Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze and silver medalist, GLL Athlete
"This exciting new chapter cements the future of our six key sports venues and is part of our commitment to the many communities we serve far and wide. We have carefully structured this partnership with GLL to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy the very best in these stellar, highly popular venues. We look forward to together creating exciting new programmes and activities that draw on the strengths of both organisations.

“These venues are part of the Lee Valley visitor experience and will continue to be so with some of the best facilities and most inspiring settings to be found anywhere. As part of the partnership Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will continue to invest to ensure that they go from strength to strength, delivering real impact for communities.”
– Shaun Dawson chief executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
GLL
Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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Gold company profile

GLL

About us   |   Contact us
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.

As the UK’s leading provider of both leisure centres and libraries we operate nearly 400 locations all helping to make a real difference to local communities and local people.
Find out more about GLL here...
GLL: News and press releases
26 Feb 2024
As part of a partnership with Better, the charitable social enterprise that operates leisure centres across the UK, Pickleball England has announced that they will be offering free pickleball taster sessions this February 29th, as part of a nationwide campaign to encourage the public to get active on the extra day of the year.
23 Feb 2024
A decade on from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) has appointed charitable social enterprise GLL, the operating contract for the Copper Box Arena at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; continuing to build on the venue’s hugely successful legacy.
25 Jan 2024
GLL – the largest public leisure operator in London – has been shortlisted for two entries in the London Sport Awards 2024.
23 Jan 2024
The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme – the GLL Sport Foundation Awards – closes its application window on 20 February.
11 Jan 2024
Better leisure centres across the UK will be taking part in the 2024 Great Winter Get Together (12 – 15 January), a campaign run by the Jo Cox Foundation, which sees community events across the UK act as places where people can find meaningful connection.
11 Jan 2024
Spa Experience has re-opened its branch within Islington’s historic Ironmonger Row Baths after a two-year closure; the result of a devasting fire that ravaged the Grade II listed building in 2022.
11 Jan 2024
GLL has been awarded Investors in People Gold status. IiP is an international best-practice standard that recognises companies that commit to good people management and development of their people.
02 Jan 2024
Woolwich Library - operated by charitable social enterprise GLL, has been awarded £10,000 from the annual Europe Challenge Programme that works to address social isolation and inequality.
20 Dec 2023
Thanks to an extraordinary effort by staff and contractors and with the support of Swindon Borough Council, all areas of Swindon’s Link leisure centre will be back open to the public from 2nd January 2024, after a devasting flood on 17th September forced the facility to close.
20 Dec 2023
The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme opens its annual Award programme for new applications today (20 December 2023).
19 Dec 2023
With almost 20 per cent of the UK population living in the countryside, this marks the next frontier for fitness industry expansion. The challenge is finding the right model.
12 Dec 2023
This coming Monday (11 December), East End Pool in Byker opens its doors to a spanking new, state-of-the-art soft play centre.
GLL: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Health Club Management 2024 issue 1
Kath Hudson talks to industry experts from around the world about their key takeaways from last year and their hopes for 2024
Insight: Country life
Health Club Management 2023 issue 10
Many living in rural areas are missing out on fitness, as the standard gym model doesn’t work with low population densities. Kath Hudson asks how public and private sectors can broaden their reach
Health Club Management 2023 issue 10
While critical for business success, the challenges of ESG can be overwhelming. Operators tell us how they’re tackling it
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Leisure DB has published its State of the UK Swimming Industry Report 2023. Liz Terry looks at some of the key findings
Tough times: Mark Sesnan
Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
Thirty years ago, when Mark Sesnan conceived the idea of public leisure services being run as charitable trusts everyone said it couldn’t be done. Kath Hudson hears how he and his team made it happen
Health Club Management 2023 issue 7
As GLL celebrates its 30th anniversary, its CEO and its founder look back at key milestones and share the headlines of a new five-year plan, as Kate Cracknell reports
About GLL
Daryll Neita, GLL Athlete who secured a bronze in the women’s 100m and a silver in the 4x4 100m relay at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games / GLL
What we can do for you
Our purpose is to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of local communities.

As the UK’s leading provider of both leisure centres and libraries we operate nearly 400 locations all helping to make a real difference to local communities and local people.

Every penny that GLL makes is reinvested back into the business to support our social purpose. www.gll.org

Background/History
GLL was formed as a ‘spin out’ from Greenwich Council’s Leisure Department in 1993 – starting with just seven leisure facilities.

We are a staff owned charitable social enterprise – a leisure provider that follows a different, fairer and better way of doing business.

We are proud to be accredited by the Living Wage Foundation.

Key products and services
GLL operates over leisure, health, libraries and sports and legacy development.

GLL’s position as sport and leisure’s leading charitable social enterprise is built upon a solid foundation of services we provide to partners, key stakeholders and customers.

GLL helps build active and sustainable communities through partnership working. We work to a social agenda and are committed to providing accessible community facilities for all. We believe in offering value for money.

Our services are wide ranging and offer current and potential partners a range of solutions and options for enhanced service delivery, increased value for money and tangible added value through social value measurement and reporting.

We’ve been operating leisure centres since 1993 – since 2014 under our customer facing brand “Better” www.better.org.uk, and it’s probably what we’re best known for.

We are the UK’s largest public pools and public libraries provider – and the biggest provider of school swimming lessons.

USPs
We are the largest charitable leisure social enterprise in the UK, celebrating 30 years in 2023.

We operate the UK’s largest independent athlete support programme – The GLL Sport Foundation https://www.gllsportfoundation.org/ Celebrating 15 years in 2023 under our Patron Sally Gunnell, the Foundation has supported 24,000 athletes on their sporting journey since its inception in 2008, resulting in dozens of medals at international competition including Commonwealth Games, Olympics and Paralympics.

We are the UK’s largest public libraries operator – in 2023 celebrating 10 years of offering some of the best-used libraries in the country.

We are rooted in local communities, at the heart of health and wellbeing.

We produce impressive amounts of social value (£350m in 2022) – across a range of measures from physical and mental health to subjective wellbeing, to individual development and social and community development.

We operate some of the most iconic legacy facilities in the UK including the Manchester Aquatic Centre, London Aquatic Centre, Copper Box Arena and since 2022 – the London 2012 Olympic venues of the Lee Valley Regional Park.
GLL
Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
GLL video gallery:
Key personnel
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
Phil Donnay, deputy ceo
Mark Sesnan, OBE, chief officer and special adviser
Key customers
Companies we work with include Annodata, Physical Company, Technogym, Change Please and Divine Chocolate.

Local Authorities and Agencies we work with include Greenwich Council, Belfast City Council, Cardiff City Council, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, LLDC, ukactive, SportsAid, SportsAid Wales, Mary Peters Trust, Swim England and Sport England.
Plans for the next 12 months
Continue the strong bounce back from Covid, growing membership and sales.

Reducing barriers to participation by maintaining our concessions and Kids for a Quid scheme.

Partnering with UK Active, Community Leisure UK, the LGA, RLSS, Swim England and SEUK lobbying central and local government for financial support to meet the ‘existential threat’ to public leisure operators from utility price rises.
Testimonial
“We made the decision to begin supporting the GLL Sport Foundation in 2015, and it is a pleasure to announce the renewal of our sponsorship with this incredible institution.

"Many bright and talented athletes throughout the United Kingdom are unable to chase their dreams of sporting glory due to lack of funding. We are passionate about helping GSF give equal opportunities to all young people and achieving their dreams of competing on the international stage.

"Our partnership enables both our brands to share the success of the UK’s most aspiring athletes who we are proud to have heard speak in such an inspirational way at our internal Sales Conferences and who have supported our marketing and brand development goals through representation and storytelling both in person and via social media”.
– Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive, Annodata
Testimonial
"I am so thankful for the support I have received from GLL Sport Foundation. My first individual medal ever is extremely special, and I would not be here if it wasn’t for the support, I have received from the GLL ‘family’.”
– Daryll Neita, Birmingham Commonwealth Games bronze and silver medalist, GLL Athlete
Testimonial
"This exciting new chapter cements the future of our six key sports venues and is part of our commitment to the many communities we serve far and wide. We have carefully structured this partnership with GLL to ensure that visitors will continue to enjoy the very best in these stellar, highly popular venues. We look forward to together creating exciting new programmes and activities that draw on the strengths of both organisations.

“These venues are part of the Lee Valley visitor experience and will continue to be so with some of the best facilities and most inspiring settings to be found anywhere. As part of the partnership Lee Valley Regional Park Authority will continue to invest to ensure that they go from strength to strength, delivering real impact for communities.”
– Shaun Dawson chief executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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