Printed Date: 25/04/2018

GLL Supports International Day of People with Disability

GLL Supports International Day of People with Disability

 3 December 2014: Charitable social enterprise and leisure operator GLL will be supporting International Day of People with Disability (3rd December 2014) through the introduction of a half price, first month ‘Better Inclusive’ membership offer during December 2014.

The ‘Better Inclusive’ membership was launched in 2012 and offers significantly discounted fees along with an extensive range of benefits. These include:

  • access to more than 140 GLL-operated centres
  • access to centres at anytime (not restricted to off-peak times)
  • inclusive access to the gym, swimming, group exercise classes and a fitness induction
  • carers of disabled customers given free access to centre
  • no joining fee and no minimum contract
  • available as a direct debit or annual membership
  • 6 days advance telephone booking
  • online booking for activities
  • access to courses and other member only activities
  • up to 30% off non member prices for any other activities

To be eligible for a Better Inclusive card, customers must be over 16 years old and meet one of the following criteria: severe disablement allowance; mobility allowance; disability living allowance; personal independence payments; industrial injuries disablement benefit; disablement benefit; attendance allowance; employment and support allowance. The monthly membership will cost £19.95 per month thereafter.

GLL has a history of involvement in a number of disability projects including:

  • More than 15 GLL-run centres are accredited to the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) which is a platform to promote, drive and engage people with disabilities to participate in sporting activities in fully accessible facilities.
  • GLL was the first leisure provider to adopt 'Inclusive and Active 2', a sport and physical activity strategy for disabled people living and working in London.
  • The GLL Sport Foundation is the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK. It has provided over 6,500 athlete awards across 95 different sports at a value of more than £3.8million since its launch in 2008. This year the programme supports 156 disabled athletes across 21 Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports. 62% of supported athletes are aged under 21 showcasing the focus towards supporting the next generation of disability athletes.
  • GLL supports disability sport by providing pathways from grassroots to elite, and have been significant partners with the London Disability Swimming Club; East London Lynx Sitting Volleyball Club and GLL Aspire London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club on this agenda.
  • GLL employs former Paralympic GB athlete, London 2012 medallist and GLL Sport Foundation ambassador Ben Quilter as a dedicated disability physical activity and sport development officer. Ben works on specific disability initiatives across aquatic, sport and physical activity programmes. 

Peter Bundey, GLL Deputy Managing Director, said, "As the largest provider of public sport and leisure facilities in the UK, we are delighted to be supporting the UN’s International Day of People with Disability. One of GLL's key aims is to maximise opportunities to increase and sustain sports participation as part of the legacy of the Olympic and Paralympic games. The Better Inclusive card is an important way in which we can provide practical ways of promoting participation and performance within disability sport".

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About GLL

Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. It operates over 145 public sport and leisure centres and 27 libraries (including three prison libraries), and children’s centres in partnership with over 30 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Its leisure facilities enjoy more than 39 million visitors a year with over 490,000 members. Alongside its core leisure and library divisions, it also operates in sport and legacy development, health intervention and education.