The UK’s leading not-for-profit leisure provider GLL has been awarded a new management contract for eight West Oxfordshire leisure facilities following a competitive re-tender process.

The new contract begins on 1st August 2017 and will see GLL, which operates under the ‘Better’ brand, continue to manage Bartholomew Sports Centre in Eynsham, Carterton ATP, Carterton Leisure Centre, Carterton Pavilion, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre, Windrush Leisure Centre in Witney, Witney Artificial Turf Pitch and Woodstock Open Air Pool.

The long-term partnership with West Oxfordshire Council will run for the next 10 years and see GLL make significant investment to enhance facilities and services across the district.

The new partnership has a strong focus on meeting the Council’s key priorities and service objectives, and will deliver high quality leisure facilities and activities at affordable prices.

There will be significant investment projects at Carterton Leisure Centre, Chipping Norton Leisure Centre and Windrush Leisure Centre. These investments will include a brand new 4-court sports hall and indoor trampoline park at Carterton Leisure Centre, and extensions to the gyms plus new health & fitness equipment at Chipping Norton Leisure Centre and Windrush Leisure Centre.

Talented athletes across West Oxfordshire will once again be able to access funding from the GLL Sport Foundation, which aims to support and develop young sportsmen and women in order to help them achieve their Olympic and Paralympic dreams.

Cllr Jeanette Baker, Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure & Tourism said: We are delighted to announce the appointment of GLL as the continued operator of leisure facilities in West Oxfordshire for the next ten years. This new contract brings a significant level of investment that will hugely benefit the local community.”

Mark Sesnan, Managing Director, GLL, said, “We are delighted to have been appointed to manage West Oxfordshire’s leisure facilities on behalf of the Council. We have successfully been running the district’s leisure facilities since 2011, so we have a good knowledge and understanding of the area, and are proud to be furthering our commitment to local residents, providing first class, affordable leisure and sporting facilities.

“GLL currently operates more than 250 public sport and leisure facilities across the UK, so our experience - coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’ charitable social enterprise - means we have both the operational skills and community focus to enable us to successfully operate a range of facilities that are sustainable long into the future.”