Printed Date: 23/04/2018

GLL named Health and Fitness Partner for Sport Relief 2016

GLL, the UK’s leading leisure charitable social enterprise, has become the official health and fitness partner for Sport Relief 2016 and will raise £500,000 for Comic Relief, helping Britain walk, run, swim and cycle its way to fundraising glory.

It’s the first time a not-for-profit has partnered with Sport Relief in this category.

The third sector partnership allows for both GLL and Sport Relief to help reach their objectives, by using community sport to change lives for the better. 

GLL is now mobilising staff for the biggest fundraising challenge in its 23 year history.

Mark Sesnan, MD, GLL, said: “We are immensely proud GLL have been chosen as official Health and Fitness Partner for Sport Relief 2016.

“As UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, we share Sport Relief’s mission to use sport to change lives for the better.

“We are aligning our staff and communications to raise as much money as possible while offering existing members and non-members some first class venues for their training challenges and enthusiastic staff to lend moral support.”

Being part of one of the UK’s largest fundraising campaigns will help GLL’s leisure network reach out to the community at grass roots level and encourage more people to take up exercise in the run up to, and including, the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games (18th-20th March 2016).

Kevin Cahill, CEO at Comic Relief, said: “We’re really excited to have GLL on board as an official partner for Sport Relief 2016. The partnership with GLL is a very natural fit, with the organisation helping us encourage the nation to get together to get active, raise cash and change lives. We’re very grateful to all of our partners, including GLL, for helping to make what is set to be the biggest and best Sport Relief yet, with more ways than ever for everyone to take part and feel proud.”

GLL runs over 230 venues across the UK, many on behalf of local authorities. 

Up to half a million customers and staff at its pools, trampoline parks, leisure centres, spas, libraries, children’s centres and playgrounds will be invited to play their part in the corporate fundraising challenges and help to make Sport Relief 2016 the best yet.

Find out more at: www.better.org.uk/sport-relief

Notes:

About Sport Relief

Sport Relief brings the entire nation together to get active, raise cash and change lives. The money raised by the public is spent by Comic Relief to help people living incredibly tough lives, across the UK and the world’s poorest communities.  It all leads up to the Sport Relief weekend and a fantastic night of TV on the BBC.

Sport Relief 2016 will take place from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016. You can run, swim, cycle or even walk yourself proud at events across the country. There's a distance for everyone, whether you're sporty or not. Find out more at www.sportrelief.com

Comic Relief is a UK charity, which aims to create a just world, free from poverty. The money raised by Comic Relief, through its fundraising campaigns Red Nose Day and Sport Relief as well as other initiatives, is spent at home in the UK and across the world to help people, families and whole communities stand on their own two feet.   

By raising cash this Sport Relief, you’ll help people living incredibly tough lives. 50% of all the money raised by the public for Sport Relief is used to make a difference, right here at home in the UK. The other 50% is used to transform lives across the world’s poorest communities.

Comic Relief is a registered charity 326568 (England/Wales); SC039730 (Scotland)

For more information contact:

Charles Dean, Corporate Communications Manager at GLL, on +44(0)7813 458258 or email charles.dean@gll.org