Printed Date: 30/09/2023

Ukactive Awards 2023

GLL operated leisure centres, programmes and staff are among the most nominated names in the ukactive Awards 2023, securing an impressive 14 nominations in 6 categories.

The ukactive Awards are the UK Leisure Industry’s most prestigious awards for excellence and best practice across the sector.

The shortlist includes leisure facilities run by the UK's largest leisure charitable social enterprise GLL - that are playing an important role in tackling health inequalities in some of the poorest postcodes in the UK as well as inspirational individuals who are activating local communities.

Appearing among a roll call of high street name fitness and leisure operators, local councils, sports bodies and charities, GLL’s multiple nominations reflect its important role at the heart of community health and wellbeing across England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Shortlisted centres undergo a rigorous independent assessment of their facilities - including mystery shopping. Two of the categories – Outstanding Leadership Award and Physical Activity Hero Award - are decided by public vote on the ukactive website:

Previously, GLL operated centres and personnel have prevailed at the awards – including Rainbow Leisure (Surrey), Olympia Leisure Centre (Belfast), Britannia Leisure Centre (Hackney) and Haider Ali (Wembley).

This year’s shortlist are:

Regional & National Club/Centre of the Year:

Wales & Northern Ireland:

GLL – Brook Leisure Centre

GLL – Eastern Leisure Centre

GLL – Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre



GLL - Moss Side Leisure Centre



GLL – Britannia Leisure Centre

GLL – Waltham Forest Feel Good Centre



GLL - Rainbow Leisure Centre and Spa


New Build or Design of the Year:

GLL – The Sands Centre, Cumbria


Healthy Communities Award:

GLL & University Hospital Morecambe Bay Trust


Education Provider of the Year:

GLL – supporting apprenticeships


Physical Activity Hero Award:

GLL - Jonathan Michael

GLL - Karen Edmond

GLL - Sue Robinson


Outstanding Leadership Award:

GLL - Mark Sesnan, OBE  


The public voting poll will be live from 21st August and will remain open until the 22nd September 2023.  

GLL CEO Peter Bundey said: “The UKactive Awards are important to us and across our sector. So we are delighted that we have multiple shortlisted finalists across so many categories.

“Congratulations to all those whose entries have gone through to the final of ukactive awards, it’s testament to the impact of GLL’s programmes and people who are playing their part in strengthening the wider leisure sector while tackling health inequalities locally.  It is also a very strong endorsement of great work with our local authority partners across the UK.

“Coming as GLL marks our 30th Year, it is the perfect celebration of our values, our journey, our customers and our colleagues.”

The winners will be announced during the ukactive Awards Ceremony on Thursday 26th October 2023. 


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