GLL merger to operate Carlisle and Allerdale leisure centres
The UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, GLL, have announced a new merger deal with Carlisle Leisure Limited (CLL), to operate all of the leisure and sporting facilities in Carlisle and Allerdale as of 1 February 2015. The merger was announced after staff of CLL – an Industrial Provident Sociey - voted overwhelmingly in favour of the move during an annual staff meeting last September.
As a ‘not for profit’ organisation, GLL, who reinvest any financial surplus back into the facilities they operate, are set to bring a number of benefits to CLL, who have been operating Carlisle City Council’s and Allerdale Borough Council’s leisure facilities, including the Sands Centre and James Street Baths.
The merger is an exciting time for CLL, as it means the introduction of GLL’s successful standardised leisure card scheme and concessionary pricing structure that will include discounts for students and disabled users. Talented athletes across Carlisle and Allerdale will also be able to access funding from the GLL Sport Foundation, which aims to support and develop young athletes to achieve their sporting dreams.
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, said, “GLL is very pleased that the staff of CLL voted overwhelmingly to join the GLL family, where we bring a strong focus on increasing physical activity, reducing health inequalities and improving social inclusion.
“This is a great opportunity for CLL to team up with the UK’s largest and most successful leisure charitable social enterprise - keeping local jobs and local governance, whilst benefitting from the knowledge, experience and economies of scale of GLL.”
The sporting facilities that will now be operated by GLL as part of the merger include: Bitts Park, The Pools Swimming & Health Centre, Cockermouth Leisure Centre, The Sands Leisure Centre, Trinity Leisure Centre, Keswick Leisure Pool, Sheepmount Athletics Stadium, Workington Leisure Centre, and The Wave Centre.