Printed Date: 02/09/2014

GLL awarded Cambridge sports and leisure contract

03/10/13

GLL has further consolidated its national expansion by securing its first contract for a city outside London.

The Social Enterprise has been awarded a seven year contract by Cambridge City Council to manage five leisure centres: - Abbey Leisure Complex, Parkside Pools, Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre, Kings Hedges Learner Pool and Jesus Green Lido and to oversee all six paddling pool facilities across the City.

The new management agreement, which begins on 1st October 2013 will see GLL invest nearly £3 million into the city’s leisure facilities in its first year alone.  £1.6 million will be channelled into Parkside Pools, creating a new 100 station state-of-the-art gym, a new group exercise space and dedicated male and female health & fitness changing rooms.  A further £600k will go towards upgrading Abbey Pools and will see 70 pieces of new equipment installed in the gym, while the existing changing rooms, exercise studio and sauna will all be refurbished.

GLL will also be tackling the city’s environmental footprint by investing £250k on measures that will reduce carbon emissions and cut the cost of utilities.

Cambridge Council were impressed by GLL’s track record of increasing sports and leisure participation amongst local communities and the leisure operator will be focusing on improving the standard of the Cambridge’s leisure facilities and maximising their use.  One key appointment will be that of a Community Sports Officer, who’s remit will be to drive participation for key sports and increase provision for under represented groups.

Commenting on the new contract, Daryl Emes, GLL Partnership Manager for Cambridge said: "We are delighted to have been invited to work in partnership with Cambridge Council and are committed to providing first class leisure and sporting facilities to local residents.

"We believe our experience – GLL now operates more than 130 public leisure centres across England and Wales – coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’ social enterprise means that we have both the operational skills and community focus that will enable us to deliver top quality leisure services and encourage increased participation from local residents regardless of age or fitness levels."

Sarah Brown the Executive Councillor for Community Well Being at Cambridge City Council said "I'm pleased we're working with GLL and would like to welcome them to Cambridge. These are exciting plans for our facilities which people will see coming to fruition over the coming months, and we look forward to GLL being able to bring sporting activities and promoting healthy lifestyles to everyone."

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