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press release: GLL

GLL to run Newham Council Leisure Centres from 1 April 2024

29 Nov 2023
Atherton Leisure Centre / GLL
The UK’s leading leisure and cultural charitable social enterprise GLL, will start an exciting new partnership with Newham Council to take over the operation of Newham leisure centres from next year.

Newham Council’s Cabinet Meeting on 9 November approved the recommendation to award the contract to GLL following a public procurement process. Subject to finalising the contract between the parties, it is anticipated that GLL will start operating Newham’s leisure centres from 1 April 2024.

The new 10 year partnership aims to increase physical activity levels and improve satisfaction levels for residents in one of London’s fastest growing boroughs. This will support the Council’s “Building a Fairer Newham” objectives to make Newham healthier and support people to age well.

Not-for-profit GLL will use its wealth of experience and socially purposed business model to enhance the leisure service – investing in grass roots sports, facilities and accessible activities to improve the health and wellbeing in Newham.

Councillor Neil Wilson, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “I am excited to start work with GLL. Our new partner shares our ambition to achieve sustainable results in addressing health inequalities through increasing activity levels and improving the overall wellbeing of our residents. The new Leisure Services Management contract will allow us to build on progress to boost physical activity levels, which remain low within the borough, while also tackling obesity rates within our children. This is a huge opportunity for us to reassess and meet specific needs.”

Peter Bundey, CEO of GLL said: "We are delighted to be returning to a long term partnership with Newham Council. Newham is a dynamic Borough and we look forward to working together to enhance leisure services and provide increased opportunities for residents. As a charitable social enterprise and the largest operator in the leisure sector, we will bring our experience and expertise to increase services on offer. We look forward to sharing plans and developments with users and local communities."

Beyond the centres, the contract will also support residents to be active in community settings, including green spaces, as part of the Active Communities programme – as well as supporting the ‘50 Steps to a Healthier Newham’.

Customers will initially notice GLL and ‘Better’ branding appearing in centres. Further details of the transfer will be communicated with customers and staff in due course.
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press release: GLL

GLL to run Newham Council Leisure Centres from 1 April 2024

29 Nov 2023
Atherton Leisure Centre / GLL
The UK’s leading leisure and cultural charitable social enterprise GLL, will start an exciting new partnership with Newham Council to take over the operation of Newham leisure centres from next year.

Newham Council’s Cabinet Meeting on 9 November approved the recommendation to award the contract to GLL following a public procurement process. Subject to finalising the contract between the parties, it is anticipated that GLL will start operating Newham’s leisure centres from 1 April 2024.

The new 10 year partnership aims to increase physical activity levels and improve satisfaction levels for residents in one of London’s fastest growing boroughs. This will support the Council’s “Building a Fairer Newham” objectives to make Newham healthier and support people to age well.

Not-for-profit GLL will use its wealth of experience and socially purposed business model to enhance the leisure service – investing in grass roots sports, facilities and accessible activities to improve the health and wellbeing in Newham.

Councillor Neil Wilson, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said: “I am excited to start work with GLL. Our new partner shares our ambition to achieve sustainable results in addressing health inequalities through increasing activity levels and improving the overall wellbeing of our residents. The new Leisure Services Management contract will allow us to build on progress to boost physical activity levels, which remain low within the borough, while also tackling obesity rates within our children. This is a huge opportunity for us to reassess and meet specific needs.”

Peter Bundey, CEO of GLL said: "We are delighted to be returning to a long term partnership with Newham Council. Newham is a dynamic Borough and we look forward to working together to enhance leisure services and provide increased opportunities for residents. As a charitable social enterprise and the largest operator in the leisure sector, we will bring our experience and expertise to increase services on offer. We look forward to sharing plans and developments with users and local communities."

Beyond the centres, the contract will also support residents to be active in community settings, including green spaces, as part of the Active Communities programme – as well as supporting the ‘50 Steps to a Healthier Newham’.

Customers will initially notice GLL and ‘Better’ branding appearing in centres. Further details of the transfer will be communicated with customers and staff in due course.
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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 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.
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UKRI (UK Research and Innovation) is backing research to investigate the lack of older adults accessing facilities for exercise and the barriers they face.
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) has appointed Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to manage its range of sports facilities on a 10-year contract.
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Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
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Key personnel
Peter Bundey, chief executive officer
Phil Donnay, deputy ceo
Mark Sesnan, OBE, chief officer and special adviser
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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.
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.
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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”.
– Rod Tonna-Barthet, chief executive, Annodata
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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
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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