Printed Date: 23/04/2018

GLL Staff Swim to help raise money for Sport Relief

GLL, the leisure charitable social enterprise that is also the UK’s largest provider of public pools, is organising a 31 mile Swim Challenge for Sport Relief that will test the mettle of its staff and celebrity participants alike.

The enterprise which exists to provide better community services and spaces such a gyms and leisure centres, libraries and children’s centres, is fielding a team of 13 swimmers who will all attempt the feat in 31 pools over six days – starting at East Finchley pool on 25 February and ending at the iconic London Aquatic Centre on 1 March.

GLL members, club swimmers and the public will swim alongside the 13 as they plough the lanes raising funds towards GLL’s £500,000 corporate pledge total.

GLL runs over 100 swimming pools across the country, under its Better brand - many on behalf of local authorities. Better is the official health and fitness partner for Sport Relief 2016.

Other water-based challenges include 24-hour swimathons, swimming relay races, learn to swim programmes and mass participation aqua-aerobics sessions.

GLL will use the swimming challenge to introduce more people the sport, whatever their backgrounds, ages or fitness levels.

Ahead of the first swim in Finchley, GLL, Managing Director, Mark Sesnan, said:

“GLL are getting 31 of our 100 pools ready to take part in this national challenge – the biggest we’ve attempted in our 23 year history. I wish the team the best of luck.

“Using one of our national network of pools to take part in one of the Sport Relief swimming challenges, as well as throughout the year, is a really fun way to get fit and active. Joining a Sport Relief swimming challenge is a great way to get people involved in swimming and all for a great cause.”

Cllr Denise Scott-McDonald, the Royal Borough of Greenwich's Cabinet Member for Culture, Creative industries and Community wellbeing, said: “It is very encouraging to see so many people participating in this community effort to raise money for Sport Relief.

"There is such a wide variety of activities for people of all ages to get involved in including 24-hour swimathons, swimming relay races, learn to swim programmes and mass participation aqua-aerobics sessions. I urge everyone to join #TeamBetter and help reach the £1/2 million target.”

To find out more or to sponsor the Swimming team visit www.better.org.uk/sportrelief