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press release: GLL

Oasis Beach Pool sees Bedfordians flock to Totally Tropical Beach Party

30 May 2024
The facility was reopened by Cllr Tom Wootton, Mayor of Bedford, Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Council CEO Laura Church, GLL CEO Peter Bundey and Oasis Beach Pool General Manager Ricky Whiting / GLL
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially reopened on Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community - and a VIP ribbon cutting.

Cllr Tom Wootton, Mayor of Bedford, shared the ceremonial honours with Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience - alongside Council CEO Laura Church, GLL CEO Peter Bundey and Oasis Beach Pool General Manager Ricky Whiting.

Councillor Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience, said: “It was great to formally reopen Oasis today at the special 'Totally Tropical Beach Party', where residents and people involved in the centre officially celebrated the reopening of the Oasis Beach Pool with fun activities, music, food, and, most importantly fun on the flumes and swimming in the waves.

“I’m really impressed by the determination, enthusiasm, and the changes I’ve seen made in such a short amount of time. I hope many residents will visit Oasis Beach Pool and see the changes for themselves.”

The 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' saw the iconic venue transformed with steel pans, limbo dancing and a 'Tiki Bar' serving tasty mocktails. Customers were even offered grass skirts and leis to help get them in the party mood.

630 people attended Tuesday's sessions - filling the venue to capacity. Sessions for the rest of half-term are also filling up with strong demand.

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

Bedford mum-of-two Charlotte, visiting with her two boys aged 1 and 5 said: "I remember coming here when I was little.

"It's really great for the kids - especially now the wave machine is back up and running."

Gary O'Neill and his daughter Murran, aged 6, live in Flitwick. Gary says, "It's a lot cleaner and warmer than it used to be. We've been travelling round all the local sports centres looking for the best swimming pool and so far, the Oasis is the winner. We'll definitely come again."

Leva, who lives in Riseley, was at Oasis for her daughter Cornelia's twelfth birthday – along with her other daughters Adele, 8, and Sophia, 10.

She comments, "There's a big difference since the Oasis has been renovated. It's cleaner and the paintwork has been refreshed. As a single parent of three children, it's a great help that it only costs £1 per child."

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 and leisure pool with wave machine.

General Manager Ricky Whiting said: "We've been delighted at the community's response to the Oasis Bach Pool reopening today - with all sessions full to capacity.

"This just goes to show how eagerly awaited this has been. The smiles on customers' faces today have been great to see.

"We are looking forward to a busy summer season and creating many more happy memories."

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

Kids enjoyed special £1 entry to the 'Aqua Play' session from 12pm - 5pm.

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press release: GLL

Oasis Beach Pool sees Bedfordians flock to Totally Tropical Beach Party

30 May 2024
The facility was reopened by Cllr Tom Wootton, Mayor of Bedford, Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Council CEO Laura Church, GLL CEO Peter Bundey and Oasis Beach Pool General Manager Ricky Whiting / GLL
Oasis Beach Pool, in Bedford, officially reopened on Tuesday 28 May with a celebration for the local community - and a VIP ribbon cutting.

Cllr Tom Wootton, Mayor of Bedford, shared the ceremonial honours with Cllr Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience - alongside Council CEO Laura Church, GLL CEO Peter Bundey and Oasis Beach Pool General Manager Ricky Whiting.

Councillor Sarah Gallagher, Portfolio Holder for Customer Experience, said: “It was great to formally reopen Oasis today at the special 'Totally Tropical Beach Party', where residents and people involved in the centre officially celebrated the reopening of the Oasis Beach Pool with fun activities, music, food, and, most importantly fun on the flumes and swimming in the waves.

“I’m really impressed by the determination, enthusiasm, and the changes I’ve seen made in such a short amount of time. I hope many residents will visit Oasis Beach Pool and see the changes for themselves.”

The 'Totally Tropical Beach Party' saw the iconic venue transformed with steel pans, limbo dancing and a 'Tiki Bar' serving tasty mocktails. Customers were even offered grass skirts and leis to help get them in the party mood.

630 people attended Tuesday's sessions - filling the venue to capacity. Sessions for the rest of half-term are also filling up with strong demand.

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

Bedford mum-of-two Charlotte, visiting with her two boys aged 1 and 5 said: "I remember coming here when I was little.

"It's really great for the kids - especially now the wave machine is back up and running."

Gary O'Neill and his daughter Murran, aged 6, live in Flitwick. Gary says, "It's a lot cleaner and warmer than it used to be. We've been travelling round all the local sports centres looking for the best swimming pool and so far, the Oasis is the winner. We'll definitely come again."

Leva, who lives in Riseley, was at Oasis for her daughter Cornelia's twelfth birthday – along with her other daughters Adele, 8, and Sophia, 10.

She comments, "There's a big difference since the Oasis has been renovated. It's cleaner and the paintwork has been refreshed. As a single parent of three children, it's a great help that it only costs £1 per child."

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 and leisure pool with wave machine.

General Manager Ricky Whiting said: "We've been delighted at the community's response to the Oasis Bach Pool reopening today - with all sessions full to capacity.

"This just goes to show how eagerly awaited this has been. The smiles on customers' faces today have been great to see.

"We are looking forward to a busy summer season and creating many more happy memories."

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

Kids enjoyed special £1 entry to the 'Aqua Play' session from 12pm - 5pm.

More press releases and updates from GLL:
After an incredibly competitive season, the London Youth Games Finals Festival took place at the end of last month at GLL's Copper Box Arena in London.
New research highlights the importance of children’s swimming lessons as more primary schools reduce mandatory lessons.
More than 500 visitors took part in a host of sports and leisure activities on Sunday 16th June as part of London Pride’s inaugural 2024 Out for Sport Festival at the iconic Crystal Palace National Sports Centre.
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.
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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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