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Better Newcastle

Welcome to Better in Newcastle.

We're delighted to work in partnership with Newcastle City Council. Through our facilities and community approach we support, facilitate and deliver sport and physical activity for all ages and abilities with the aim to increase participation every year.

We aim to support local people in leading a healthy lifestyle, working to engage the local population in Newcastle into sport and physical activity. 

We’re proud to offer a great choice of gyms, swimming pools and sporting activities across Newcastle at easily accessible locations, plus swimming lessons and gymnastics courses to help everyone gain confidence and learn a new skill.  Familes can enjoy quality time together too in our soft play areas, tenpin bowling centres, trampoline park and swimming pools too.

Talented athletes across Newcastle are also 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.

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Leisure centres in Newcastle

We currently operate six leisure centres in Newcastle:

  • West Denton Leisure Centre
  • Gosforth Leisure Centre
  • Eldon Leisure Centre
  • East End Pool
  • Newcastle Trampoling Park and Gym
  • Walker Activity Dome

You can find out more about the activities and facilities available at each by clicking here:

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East End Pool has a 6 lane 25m pool and a teaching pool suitable for young families and beginners. Both pools have easy walk-in steps and pool hoists if you need assistance. Our fun sessions run in the main pool and include 2 huge flume slides and Aqua Splash, our giant pool inflatable!

Gosforth Leisure Centre has a 25 meter main pool a a small teaching pool, both ideal for lessons and swimming for fitness.

West Denton Leisure Centre has the longest swimming pool in Newcastle, alongside a beginners teaching pool and family friendly changing rooms.

Our pools feature a range of lessons, courses, classes, casual lane swimming and fun sessions including superb pool inflatables!

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Our gyms in Newcastle

Our six fully equipped, air-conditioned gyms at Better, Newcastle leisure centres offer a range of fitness equipment for everyone. Our members can choose from cardiovascular machines such as treadmills and rowers, resistance equipment including free weights and dedicated stretching areas and fitness aids such as Swiss balls.

All abilities are welcome and our highly trained instructors are always there to help, inspire and motivate. 

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Fitness Classes

With hundreds of fitness classes a week across Newcastle in West Denton, Gosforth, Byker, Walker, the West Road and right in the city centre at Eldon Leisure Centre, our extensive programme offers something for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. 

Choose from Circuits, Group Cycle, Dance Aerobics and Boxfit to unique classes using our trampolines at Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym. 

Work out at a time to suit you with our virtual class programmes Virtual classes run throughout the day, offering you greater flexibility and much more choice.

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Family Activities

We’re here to make spending quality time as a family even better with a great choice of activities at six, easily accessible locations across Newcastle. 

Enjoy tenpin bowling, climbing, trampolining, soft play, giant inflatables, plus aqua splash inflatables, flumes and more in our swimming pools…there’s something to keep everyone entertained.

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Eldon Leisure Centre run regular indoor football leagues and is always looking for new teams to get involved.  Call 01912699200 to register your interest or to find out more.

Our choice of outdoor pitches at West Denton Leisure Centre, Newcastle Trampoline Park and Gym and Walker Activity Dome are a popular choice for teams sports including 5 and 7-a-side football and hockey.

Play Football manages all outdoor pitch bookings on our behalf and you can make your booking online here, or you can call 0333 577 4625.

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Why Better?

Choose Better because...

GLL is a not for profit charitable social enterprise committed to delivering a better quality of fitness, leisure, libraries and performing arts facilities for everyone. We’re committed to providing access to quality community facilities and already manage over 258 facilities, operating under our 'Better' brand.  

As a not for profit charitable social enterprise, we work for the benefit of everyone: the public, the communities we work in, the environment, our staff and our partners. We don’t have shareholders like some private companies or any bonuses to payout. Instead, we reinvest any financial surplus we make back into our services and facilities. Over the last 25 years, we’ve reinvested millions of pounds – well over £100m.  

Whether you join us on a pre-paid membership, or use our facilities occasionally as a non-member, you can get fit, stay healthy, and know that you're helping make a difference in Newcastle. 

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GLL Community Foundation

We created the GLL Community Foundation (GCF) to support our vision of making the community better for everyone. We want to encourage people to be active, learn and play together

The GLL Community Foundation helps local projects with funding, facilities and support.

Projects could include organising a sports tournament or improving a community library to creating a new sports league or revamping a children's playground.

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GLL Sports Foundation

The GLL Sport Foundation is the UK's largest independent athlete support programme. We are committed to supporting athletes across the UK to reach their potential and achieve success. 

We aspire to enable supported athletes to achieve success, and use them to inspire the next generation of athletes and our wider communities.

We support 3100+ athletes per annum across the UK. 


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