GLL set to manage Manchester leisure centres
The UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, GLL, has been awarded a new management contract to operate 9 leisure centres in Manchester, on behalf of Manchester City Council.
The partnership will begin 1 October 2014, and will run for three years, subject to council confirmation, with a possible two year extension. GLL, who currently operate the iconic and hugely successful London Aquatics Centre on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will operate 9 leisure centres in Manchester, including the Manchester Aquatics Centre, Moss Side Leisure Centre and Wythenshawe Forum under their ‘Better’ brand.
The new partnership has a strong focus on increasing physical activity and sports club participation, reducing health inequalities and improving social inclusion. GLL has also committed to introducing a standardised leisure card scheme and concessionary pricing structure, including discounts for students and disabled users. Talented athletes across Manchester will also be able to access funding from the GLL Sport Foundation, which aims to support and develop young sportsmen and women in order to help them achieve their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, said, “We are delighted to have been chosen to manage Manchester’s leisure facilities on behalf of the Council. As a ‘not for profit’ charitable social enterprise, our objective is to increase sports, health and physical activity in Manchester by at least 2% per year, and to bolster the levels of sports club participation in each of these leisure centres - be it swimming, badminton or football.
“We also look forward to launching brand new leisure centres in Manchester, such as Hough End Leisure Centre and East Manchester Leisure Centre, which will provide state of the art facilities to the local community, where we will continue to offer first class, affordable leisure and sporting facilities under our growing Better brand.”