Printed Date: 23/01/2018

Nominate GLL’s unsung hero of the leisure sector

GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise who operate the ‘Better’ brand, are urging people to get voting for a number of GLL staff shortlisted for this year’s prestigious UK Active ‘Spirit of Flame Awards 2015’.

The awards are the biggest celebration of excellence across the physical activity sector that sees hundreds of nominees vying for the coveted accolade every year. The four GLL staff members shortlisted this year are: 

• Carol Cross, Club Lead at Better Ice & Leisure Centre Streatham, London Borough Lambeth
Carol has been instrumental in driving the dedicated ‘Club’ programme for people aged over 55, which has seen dramatic growth over the past 12 months with usage figures tripling since it launched in 2014.
• David Tatler, Swimming Coach at  Better Leisure Centre Marshall Street, City of Westminster
David has totally transformed and enhanced the swimming programme at the centre, increasing GLL’s Swim School memberships, one-to-one lessons, and ‘Swimfit’ sessions - even teaching Frank Skinner how to swim for Sport Relief 2012.
• Wendy Zakrzewski, Sport Co-ordinator & Lead for Junior Sports Programme, Better Leisure Centre Chesham, Chiltern District Council
Wendy has been with the centre for 26 years, in which time she has launched a number of sports courses for children, children with disabilities, and people aged over 55, all in addition to running the successful Swim School and Dry Course programmes.
• Katie Ellis, Sport4Women Co-ordinator, Sports & Olympic Legacy, GLL
Katie’s innovative approach became the framework for the successful ‘For the Girls, by the Girls’ project launch in June 2014, funded by Sport England and Sporta. Katie and her team are now working with girls aged 14 to 25 across 5 local authorities to encourage female sports participation.

Mark Sesnan, Manager Director of GLL, said, “This important award recognises those who have dedicated their lives to getting more people, more active, more often. It is the perfect way to celebrate our very own hero of the active leisure sector.

“However, there are no guarantees that our nominees will receive this award without the votes. We are therefore urging local people, family and friends, to vote now for their favourite GLL staff member so they can receive a well-deserved acknowledgment for their hard work and dedication.”

To vote now, click on the voting link until 4pm Friday 24th April

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About GLL
Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. We operate over 170 public sport and leisure centres and 28 libraries (including five prison libraries) in partnership with over 30 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Our leisure facilities enjoy more than 40 million visitors a year with over 490,000 members. Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, we operate in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education - as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.