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press release: GLL

‘Better’ managers get a ‘taste’ for volunteering

10 Apr 2024
Eight GLL colleagues volunteered at the local Irish Centre in Catford / GLL
The management team from ‘Better’ leisure centres in the Lewisham area is looking for local projects that need a helping hand.

This week, eight colleagues volunteered at the local Irish Centre in Catford, preparing a hearty, three-course meal for almost fifty visitors. Working with the charity Food Cycle, they split into two groups to prepare and serve carrot and coriander soup, vegetarian spaghetti Bolognese and croissant bread pudding.

They enjoyed the experience so much that they’re keen to find another worthy cause.

Food Cycle exists to help tackle food poverty and wastage by making meals out of locally-sourced, surplus food that would normally go to landfill. This may have become damaged in transit, might be past its ‘best before’ date or might have been over-ordered but even so, is still perfectly edible. Food Cycle provides free meals at the Lewisham Irish Centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Matthew Houghton, Better’s Community Sport Manager in the region, comments, “The management team thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we would like to thank Mel and her team at Food Cycle for their patience, guidance and support. It all ran very smoothly and we were complemented on our professionalism – although we did have one of the team chop enough garlic to feed the five thousand!

“Other than that, it turns out that if we didn't have a career in leisure, catering could be our second calling! Now we’re itching to get going with our next challenge so if you know of a group looking for volunteers, please get in touch – [email protected].”

Better leisure centres are run by charitable social enterprise GLL. Supporting local communities is an important part of the organisation’s ethos.
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press release: GLL

‘Better’ managers get a ‘taste’ for volunteering

10 Apr 2024
Eight GLL colleagues volunteered at the local Irish Centre in Catford / GLL
The management team from ‘Better’ leisure centres in the Lewisham area is looking for local projects that need a helping hand.

This week, eight colleagues volunteered at the local Irish Centre in Catford, preparing a hearty, three-course meal for almost fifty visitors. Working with the charity Food Cycle, they split into two groups to prepare and serve carrot and coriander soup, vegetarian spaghetti Bolognese and croissant bread pudding.

They enjoyed the experience so much that they’re keen to find another worthy cause.

Food Cycle exists to help tackle food poverty and wastage by making meals out of locally-sourced, surplus food that would normally go to landfill. This may have become damaged in transit, might be past its ‘best before’ date or might have been over-ordered but even so, is still perfectly edible. Food Cycle provides free meals at the Lewisham Irish Centre on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Matthew Houghton, Better’s Community Sport Manager in the region, comments, “The management team thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and we would like to thank Mel and her team at Food Cycle for their patience, guidance and support. It all ran very smoothly and we were complemented on our professionalism – although we did have one of the team chop enough garlic to feed the five thousand!

“Other than that, it turns out that if we didn't have a career in leisure, catering could be our second calling! Now we’re itching to get going with our next challenge so if you know of a group looking for volunteers, please get in touch – [email protected].”

Better leisure centres are run by charitable social enterprise GLL. Supporting local communities is an important part of the organisation’s ethos.
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Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially re-opens Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community.
Anthony Bryan, a fitness instructor at GLL’s Southbury Leisure Centre, recently took part in the London Marathon.
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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.
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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.
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“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”.
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"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.”
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