Printed Date: 23/01/2018

GLL raises an incredible £325,617 for Sport Relief

GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, has already collected a whopping £325,617 for Sport Relief 2016 across its consumer facing 'Better' brand.

The total announced by Sport Relief on 18 March is likely to be exceeded as further fundraising events are taking place in March and April.

GLL collected sponsorship and donations via #TeamBetter activities across the UK which contributed to the total of over £56million that has been raised for Sport Relief so far. The money will help transform lives in the UK and across some of the world’s poorest communities.

For the past three months, GLL staff, corporate partners and leisure centre members have walked, ran, swum and cycled their way to fundraising glory.

GLL MD, Mark Sesnan, said: “I am immensely proud of what GLL have achieved and especially as it’s the first time we’ve joined Sport Relief as official health and fitness partner. It’s testament to the power of social enterprise and to the enthusiasm of our staff who have worked tirelessly to put on large scale events which have succeeded in bringing people together through sport. The money raised is going to transform thousands of lives both here and abroad.”

GLL’s fundraising highlights included:

  • Better Bike Challenge – Hollyoaks actress Jennifer Metcalfe led Britain’s biggest indoor bike ride from GLL managed East Manchester Leisure Centre
  • 31 Mile Swim across 31 GLL managed pools across the UK
  • 500 Mile Cycle Ride across all six regions GLL operates in
  • National Group Fitness Class in GLL managed leisure centres for over 2,000 people
  • Marathon Walk from Frome to Bath
  • World’s Longest Tennis Match lasting 60 hours. Guinness World Record smashed at GLL managed White Horse Tennis and Leisure Centre, Oxfordshire
  • A plethora of local fundraising activities and challenges from bake sales and family fun days to gymnastic and swimming competitions

Ordinary people rose to the challenge of being ‘extraordinary’ – walking, running, swimming and cycling hundreds of miles in total.

Over 150 of GLL managed leisure centres opened their doors to challenge, coach and cheer people of all fitness abilities to get active, raise cash and change lives.

GLL’s contribution could transform the prospects of 12,900 people who lead incredibly tough lives in the UK and in some of the world’s poorest communities. In the UK these could include young people at risk of or experiencing child sexual exploitation, women experiencing domestic abuse and young people experiencing mental ill-health.

Internationally, this money could help women and girls to have their rights recognised, children to be safe and in school, people to access quality health and HIV services and people living in urban poverty to improve their living conditions.

Comic Relief Chief Executive Kevin Cahill said: “This is such a fantastic effort from all the staff and customers of GLL - our official health and fitness partner for Sport Relief 2016. We’re so thankful to the team at GLL and to all of our partners who have helped to make this the best Sport Relief yet. The money raised is going to make a real difference both here at home in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.”