Printed Date: 20/05/2018

GLL awarded Islington leisure management contract

From 1st April 2014, GLL will be running Sobell Leisure Centre, Highbury Leisure Centre, Archway Leisure Centre, Cally Pool, Finsbury Leisure Centre, Islington Tennis Centre and Market Road artificial turf pitches, in a long-term partnership with Islington Council which will see £10 million invested into the facilities over the next 15 years. Funding has already been earmarked for a number of initiatives which include extending the gym and building new changing rooms at Archway Leisure Centre, introducing a new group exercise studio and expanding gym facilities at Islington Tennis Centre, creating an extreme adventure activity area at Sobell Leisure Centre and improving the health and fitness offer at Highbury Leisure Centre. This new partnership has a strong focus on increasing participation, reducing health inequalities and improving social inclusion. GLL is also committed to the Council’s fairness agenda and developing local employment opportunities, particularly amongst young people, through GLL’s apprenticeship scheme. All staff will be paid the London Living Wage, while Izz cards and existing memberships will continue to be valid, meaning it will be business as usual for customers. Talented athletes across the borough will also be able to access funding from the GLL Sport Foundation. Mark Sesnan, Managing Director of GLL, said, “We are delighted to have been invited to extend our partnership with Islington Council and are committed to providing first class leisure and sporting facilities to local residents. “We believe our experience – GLL currently operates more than 130 public leisure centres across England and Wales – coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise means that we have both the operational skills and community focus that will enable us to successfully operate a range of facilities across the borough.”