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press release: GLL

GLL and Pickleball England launch leap year taster day

26 Feb 2024
A hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is a fun, exciting game for people of all ages and abilities. / GLL
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.

A hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is a fun, exciting game for people of all

ages and abilities. It is played on the same size as a badminton court, using a shorter tennis-style net. Games are in singles or doubles and players use paddles to hit a plastic ball between one another, usually playing up to 11 points. Loved by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian, pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport, with 36.5 million Americans playing during the past year. The sport is growing rapidly this side of the Atlantic too, with Pickleball England reporting a 65% increase in membership in 2023.

With over 50 Better Leisure centres currently offering pickleball at their venues, including Belfast, Cardiff and London, Pickleball England and Better are encouraging the public to sign up to a free taster session near them. Equipment is all provided, so all you need is a bottle of water and you’re ready to go.

Pickleball England has also opened up the initiative to their clubs and venues across the country too, making it easy for everyone to find a free local session near them.

Commenting on the campaign, Andrew Clark, Head of Sport at Better said: ‘We are seeing significant interest in Pickleball amongst our members and as a result are offering Pickleball sessions at an increasing number of the leisure centres we operate. Its popularity stems from the fact it is easy to master, fun and sociable to play. We hope this Leap Year initiative will see even more Pickleball converts take to the court.’

Karen Mitchell, Chair & Co-founding Director of Pickleball England added: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Better Leisure centres for our Leap Year initiative. Pickleball is a fun, accessible sport for any age and ability and the rapid growth we’ve seen in our sport to date is testament to that. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the sport by coming along to one of the free taster sessions at their local Better leisure centre or nearest club!’
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press release: GLL

GLL and Pickleball England launch leap year taster day

26 Feb 2024
A hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is a fun, exciting game for people of all ages and abilities. / GLL
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.

A hybrid of tennis, badminton and table tennis, pickleball is a fun, exciting game for people of all

ages and abilities. It is played on the same size as a badminton court, using a shorter tennis-style net. Games are in singles or doubles and players use paddles to hit a plastic ball between one another, usually playing up to 11 points. Loved by celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kim Kardashian, pickleball is America’s fastest growing sport, with 36.5 million Americans playing during the past year. The sport is growing rapidly this side of the Atlantic too, with Pickleball England reporting a 65% increase in membership in 2023.

With over 50 Better Leisure centres currently offering pickleball at their venues, including Belfast, Cardiff and London, Pickleball England and Better are encouraging the public to sign up to a free taster session near them. Equipment is all provided, so all you need is a bottle of water and you’re ready to go.

Pickleball England has also opened up the initiative to their clubs and venues across the country too, making it easy for everyone to find a free local session near them.

Commenting on the campaign, Andrew Clark, Head of Sport at Better said: ‘We are seeing significant interest in Pickleball amongst our members and as a result are offering Pickleball sessions at an increasing number of the leisure centres we operate. Its popularity stems from the fact it is easy to master, fun and sociable to play. We hope this Leap Year initiative will see even more Pickleball converts take to the court.’

Karen Mitchell, Chair & Co-founding Director of Pickleball England added: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Better Leisure centres for our Leap Year initiative. Pickleball is a fun, accessible sport for any age and ability and the rapid growth we’ve seen in our sport to date is testament to that. We want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the sport by coming along to one of the free taster sessions at their local Better leisure centre or nearest club!’
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Address: Middlegate House, The Royal Arsenal, London, SE18 6SX, UK
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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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.
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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.
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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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"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
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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.”
– Shaun Dawson chief executive, Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
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