Printed Date: 21/01/2021

GLL Awards Dinner 2018 dishes out Leisure’s ‘Oscars’


GLL’s best teams and individuals across a 13,000 workforce were invited to the GLL Awards Dinner– a black tie event at The Camden Centre on 9 February to celebrate some of the most outstanding achievements of 2017.

20 staff award categories commended those who made an outstanding contribution throughout 2017.

Overall Outstanding Achievement Award winner was Jennie MacCready, Lessons & Courses Administration Assistant at the Link Centre in Swindon. Jennie’s natural business acumen and drive saw her grow the centre’s swim school by 100% and the ice skating learner programme reach record levels.

GLL MD, Mark Sesnan said: “Our GLL Staff Awards recognise and celebrate the people who live and breathe our commitment to service, people, communities and business.

“Once again, individuals and teams have excelled themselves and in doing so, helped our social enterprise enrich the lives of others.”

“This is our chance to thank those colleagues whose support, enthusiasm and innovations we could not do without.”

Lorraine Patrinos, GLL’s Associate Director of Learning and Organisational Development said:

“The GLL Awards Dinner showcased some of the amazing, committed and hard working people we have within the GLL Community.

“With so many worthy winners and inspirational stories, every one of the finalists can take pride in their achievement.”

One of the biggest cheers of the night wen t to Pride Award winners Kensington Leisure Centre – whose staff had an unsung role in one of the biggest news stories of the year – The Grenfell Tower Fire. When exhausted emergency services needed the centre for a relief station, staff were quick to assist their needs and in the aftermath helped residents rebuild their lives through community outreach.

It was a big night too for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Apprentice of the Year was London Aquatic Centre’s (LAC) Jalbby Johnson who went one better than her runner up award at the London Legacy Development Corporation’s (LLDC) Apprentice of the Year Awards in 2017. GLL runs the LAC and Copper Box Arena (CBA) in legacy partnership with LLDC.

LAC also won GLL’s London East Region Best Facility Award and that Jorge Salazar at CBA won an Achieving More Award.

All nominations were staff led and judged by a panel spanning the business.

The GLL Staff Awards recognised staff from across the organisation, including customer service assistants, apprentices, librarians and fitness instructors – all making a difference to each of GLL’s 850,000 members and 46,000,000 annual visits.

Special guest presenters were TV’s Ade Akinwolere and Team GB Track and Field Star Perri Shakes-Drayton.

Inspirational videos and stories peppered the presentations and a raffle in aid of the GLL Sport Foundation raised £820.