Golden opportunity to manage the London Aquatics Centre on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
First recruitment at the London Aquatics Centre advertised by Olympic legacy venue operator GLL – more opportunities to come
The iconic London Aquatics Centre, host to Swimming, Diving and synchronised swimming during the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, needs a "General Manager like no other." The manager’s role will be to transform the world’s greatest swimming pool complex into a thriving and flexible centre for the whole community as well as a world class sporting venue in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The job is the first of a wave of career opportunities created by GLL, the charitable social enterprise chosen to be the legacy operator of the London Aquatics Centre.
The venue is scheduled to re-open in spring 2014 following major transformation works which has transformed the building from the Olympic Games to a building fit for Olympic legacy. Boasting two 50m swimming pools, a 25m diving pool and a seating capacity of 2,500 it is set to become one of the leading facilities of its kind in the world. Indeed it has already been earmarked to host the 2016 European Swimming Championships as part of London’s winning bid. The facility will also have dedicated dry diving facilities, a health and fitness offer which is available for all sections of the community, meeting room availability and a café.
GLL says it is looking for a leader with a social conscience and a track record of relevant business success to fill this challenging post and to help deliver a meaningful legacy for London. The chosen candidate will work closely with the London Legacy Development Corporation to make sure the venue operates as a successful business, with the entire community benefiting from the facilities.
GLL already manages over 120 public leisure centres in the UK and is determined to contribute to the social legacy of the Games. It is committed to ensuring that seventy per cent of the new workforce opportunities at the legacy venue will be offered to local people. There will also be a Lifeguard Academy at the Aquatics Centre, plus opportunities for apprenticeships, work experience and pre-employment training.
Peter Bundey, director of GLL, said, "We are delighted to be operating a venue which will undoubtedly have global standing and host international athletes, as well as enabling local people to enjoy its world class facilities. The London Aquatics Centre is at the very heart of creating a lasting legacy from London 2012, so we need to find exceptional staff to work there. Whatever the role within the Aquatics Centre team, there’ll be a higher than normal expectation on the individual – but the opportunity to work in this iconic venue is fantastic and truly unique within the sports and leisure industry."
Mark Camley, Executive Director, London Legacy Development Corporation, said:
"The opening of the Aquatics Centre and the South of the Park next spring is a landmark moment in the regeneration of east London.? The Aquatics Centre is a world class venue and will provide a real community asset."
GLL is a charitable social enterprise, created to manage community services and spaces. GLL oversees the management of over 100 public leisure centres?and 12 libraries across the UK. GLL is an employee-owned society and works in partnership with fifteen London boroughs, two city councils, four borough councils, six district councils and three associated partners, including the London Legacy Development Corporation on the operation of the Copper Box (Multi-Use Arena), and Aquatics centre in legacy mode.? Our partners, Freedom Leisure, manage leisure facilities across four South East boroughs and Halo manages leisure facilities in Bridgend on GLL’s behalf.
GLL make community services and spaces better for everyone – in particular, providing quality leisure and fitness facilities at affordable prices.
The London Legacy Development Corporation
promotes and delivers physical, social, economic and environmental regeneration in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and surrounding area, in particular by maximising the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
It will secure high-quality sustainable development and investment and ensure the long-term success of the facilities and assets within its direct control and supporting and promoting the aim of convergence.
It takes over responsibility for the Park from the Olympic Park Legacy Company, and additional powers including planning powers from October 2012 from the Olympic Delivery Authority and London Thames Gateway Development Corporation. For more information visit: www.londonlegacy.co.uk/aboutus