Printed Date: 23/01/2018

Sports delivery in Cumbria safeguarded by GLL

The work and legacy of the award winning Cumbrian SPAA Foundation (SPAAF) has been rescued after leisure provider GLL stepped in to save staff from redundancy after the SPAA Board had reluctantly agreed to cease trading due to central funding and grants being cut.

GLL - the UK’s leading leisure charitable social enterprise, this week confirmed they will take over the employment of the 8 existing SPAAF staff who currently deliver sport and physical activity programmes throughout the region from 1st August, when the SPAAF will cease trading.

The SPAAF created in 2012 following the restructure of Sport and Leisure services at Carlisle City Council, establishing itself as a social enterprise meaning any surpluses generated would be reinvested into the programmes delivered. Over the past four years numerous schools, youth groups, local authorities, higher education and further education establishments have commissioned the SPAAF team to deliver a diverse range of programmes including Doorstep Sports and Activate Healthy Schools.

Andy King, Regional Director for GLL, says:

“We’re delighted to welcome the SPAAF team into the GLL family, allowing the excellent work that has been carried out to date to be retained.

“It allows us the opportunity to roll out the already successful GLL national model for delivering community sport in the areas that we operate in, while retaining the local need and feel of the service for the people of Cumbria.

“The SPAAF have done a tremendous job of securing grants and funding over the years but those levels have been difficult to maintain. Now thanks to GLL the services that would have been lost and the jobs and careers of the team involved have been rescued and will continue under GLL Community pillar.”

Phil Lane, Head of Sport and Community for GLL, added:

“Community sport is hugely important to us, so much so that one of our main core values is about community engagement, accessibility and working in partnership to enable us to bring social benefits in the communities that we operate in.

“In addition, we want to create a sporting legacy, and are dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of local communities and establishing healthy lifestyles for future generations.

“This addition to our team in Cumbria will help us to deliver on this agenda across our centres in Carlisle and Allerdale and their local communities too.”

Delivery of programmes will continue uninterrupted under GLL from the 1st August. The SPAAF office will continue to be run from The Sands Centre in Carlisle, with contact details and telephones number remaining the same.