Printed Date: 23/01/2018

SportsAid athletes to get free gym membership from GLL

Aspiring athletes who receive funding from SportsAid will now be offered free gym membership thanks to an extension to the charity’s long-standing partnership with leisure operator and social enterprise GLL.

It means from next year around one thousand of the UK’s most promising young sportsmen and women will have access to more than 130 sport and leisure venues run by GLL and its partners nationwide – including landmark venues like London 2012’s Copper Box Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Welcoming the news, SportsAid’s Chief Executive Tim Lawler said, "We are very pleased to be able to offer this great new benefit to these athletes. Gym time is a critical element of an athlete’s development and often yet another cost for them to consider. This provision by GLL, already a long-standing SportsAid partner, will be warmly welcomed."

Since 2008 SportsAid has worked with GLL to help them determine which athletes should receive financial support through the GLL Sport Foundation, which currently benefits around 70 athletes a year. Now as SportsAid’s ‘national fitness provider’, GLL will open its leisure facilities up to hundreds more. In 2013 alone SportsAid helped more than 1,300 talented young sports people nationwide.

Peter Bundey is the deputy managing director of GLL and chairs the GLL Sport Foundation. He said, "We are delighted to be extending our partnership with SportsAid and offering more help to young athletes. Working with SportsAid gives us the confidence that we are helping the right people at the right time and in the right way. These athletes have an exciting future ahead of them and we are proud to be part of it."