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press release: GLL

Oasis Beach Pool invites Bedfordians to 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' Tuesday 28 May

21 May 2024
Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford, officially re-opens on Tuesday 28 May / GLL
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially re-opens Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community.

The 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' sees the iconic venue re-opened with a flourish - steel pans, limbo dancing, costumed characters, a T shirt painting competition and a 'Tiki Bar' serving tasty mocktails will all feature at the event which runs from 11am to 3pm.

The pool's re-opening has been dearly awaited by local residents - many grandparents and parents taught little ones to swim there since it opened in the 1990’s.

Operators GLL - a charitable social enterprise - run leisure and library services nationally under the 'Better' brand. They have worked alongside the Council – who have invested £500k in essential plant and lighting - to get the building back open and improve the customer experience with a new reception and shop, a party room, additional multi-use spaces, repairs to showers, lockers and a deep clean.

The facility boasts a lazy river, flumes, small pool, leisure pool and jacuzzi.

General Manager Ricky Whiting said: "At Bedford Oasis Beach Pool we can't wait to throw our doors open for our community funday on 28 May which we are calling our Totally Tropical Beach Party.

"It's been long awaited and we know the pool has a special place in the hearts and minds of local people in Bedford.

"Many happy days have been spent here and we want to ensure under our management that this will again be the case.

"Better are committed to delivering a first-class service and we aim the delight the people of Bedford and beyond."

Future investment includes the creation of party rooms and there will be new caterers on site.

To help the celebrations get off to a flying start, Better are offering kids entry for £1 to the 'Aqua Play' session from 12pm - 5pm.

Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience, said: "The Oasis Beach Pool re-opening marks a wholesale improvement in Bedford Borough's leisure service.

"Under Better's management it is truly going to serve the needs of the local community for many years to come, providing more happy memories and family fun."

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press release: GLL

Oasis Beach Pool invites Bedfordians to 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' Tuesday 28 May

21 May 2024
Oasis Beach Pool in Bedford, officially re-opens on Tuesday 28 May / GLL
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially re-opens Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community.

The 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' sees the iconic venue re-opened with a flourish - steel pans, limbo dancing, costumed characters, a T shirt painting competition and a 'Tiki Bar' serving tasty mocktails will all feature at the event which runs from 11am to 3pm.

The pool's re-opening has been dearly awaited by local residents - many grandparents and parents taught little ones to swim there since it opened in the 1990’s.

Operators GLL - a charitable social enterprise - run leisure and library services nationally under the 'Better' brand. They have worked alongside the Council – who have invested £500k in essential plant and lighting - to get the building back open and improve the customer experience with a new reception and shop, a party room, additional multi-use spaces, repairs to showers, lockers and a deep clean.

The facility boasts a lazy river, flumes, small pool, leisure pool and jacuzzi.

General Manager Ricky Whiting said: "At Bedford Oasis Beach Pool we can't wait to throw our doors open for our community funday on 28 May which we are calling our Totally Tropical Beach Party.

"It's been long awaited and we know the pool has a special place in the hearts and minds of local people in Bedford.

"Many happy days have been spent here and we want to ensure under our management that this will again be the case.

"Better are committed to delivering a first-class service and we aim the delight the people of Bedford and beyond."

Future investment includes the creation of party rooms and there will be new caterers on site.

To help the celebrations get off to a flying start, Better are offering kids entry for £1 to the 'Aqua Play' session from 12pm - 5pm.

Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience, said: "The Oasis Beach Pool re-opening marks a wholesale improvement in Bedford Borough's leisure service.

"Under Better's management it is truly going to serve the needs of the local community for many years to come, providing more happy memories and family fun."

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Better’s Rainbow Leisure Centre in Epsom has maintained its ‘Excellent’ status from QUEST – the Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure.This follows a mystery visit from the organisation in April plus a planned audit in May.
Great news for GLL’s successful association with the UK’s Professional Netball scene came this week with the announcement that England Netball and Netball Superleague (NSL) stars London Pulse – who are based at Copper Box Arena (CBA) - will be one of eight clubs participating in the relaunched League from 2025.
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially reopened on Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community - and a VIP ribbon cutting.
Charitable social enterprise and leisure operator Better has been endorsed by Which? As a recommended provider for leisure centres and gyms.
Anthony Bryan, a fitness instructor at GLL’s Southbury Leisure Centre, recently took part in the London Marathon.
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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
Our 2025 strategies and roadmap are already well-shaped and are based on our Five-Year Plan, which was launched last year.

With our positive performance and improved social outcomes during 2024, GLL is well placed to be at the forefront of societal, economic and environmental change.

The future will see us focusing on excellent customer service alongside our social enterprise values and growing our social impact, while effective partnerships with national health and wellbeing agencies will support individual lifestyle and wellness outcomes.

We’re delighted to see strong data indicators that show engagement with a diversity of age, demography and levels of activity across our facilities.

To foster community strength, health and mental wellbeing, we’ll balance the provision of health, fitness, team sport and social activities across a 50/50 split of male/female users, backed by an enhanced digital customer focus.
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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
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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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