Printed Date: 25/05/2017

GLL to operate Swindon leisure centres

GLL to operate Swindon leisure centres

9th October 2014: Leading not-for-profit leisure provider GLL has been awarded long-term leases for six of Swindon’s leisure facilities – the charitable social enterprise currently manages the Oasis Leisure Centre within Swindon..

From 1st November 2014, GLL, which operates under their ‘Better’ brand, will run Croft Sports Centre, Delta Tennis Centre, Dorcan Recreation Complex, Haydon Centre, Health Hydro and the Link Centre. The long-term leases with Swindon Borough Council will see GLL make an initial £3 million investment of their own funds to enhance facilities and services across the borough that will be in additon to the Council providing a sum of up to £2million for investment in the facilities.

The new arrangements will have a strong focus on increasing sports and leisure participation, reducing health inequalities and improving social inclusion. GLL has also committed to offering a borough-wide leisure card scheme similar to that previously made available by the Council and concessionary pricing structure including discounts for students and disabled users. Talented athletes across Swindon will now 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.

The decision to appoint GLL was prompted by Swindon Borough Council’s need to make significant savings over the next three years and will result in a saving of approximately £1.4 million in annual subsidies. GLL is the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise and a not-for-profit, so any financial surplus made by GLL is reinvested back into the facilities they operate. In addition, both Swindon Council and GLL shared the same objectives to provide affordable access to all and increase sports participation across the borough.

Cllr Keith Williams, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Corporate Services and Leisure, said, “This process has always been about ensuring our fantastic leisure offer is sustainable and GLL is the ideal partner to help us achieve that objective.

“I am delighted GLL were chosen to run our facilities as they have an excellent track record, performed very well in our evaluation process and will be investing in the facilities in the years to come.”

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, said, “We are delighted to have been invited to operate Swindon’s leisure facilities under leases from the Council. We have successfully been running the Oasis Leisure Centre in Swindon since January 2013, so have a good knowledge and understanding of the area, and are proud to be furthering our commitment to local residents, providing first class, affordable leisure and sporting facilities under our growing Better brand.”