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Better York

Welcome to Better in York.

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

We host regular community events to promote a healthy lifestyle, working to engage the local population in York into sport and physical activity. 

We’re proud to deliver our Healthwise programme to York residents or patients from York GP surgeries. It’s designed to assist people who are currently inactive with medical conditions or other specialist requirements that prevent them from entering mainstream exercise.

Talented athletes across York 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 York

We currently operate three leisure centre on behalf of the City of York  Council

  • Energise Leisure Centre
  • Yearsley Pool
  • Burnholme Sports Centre

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Energise Leisure Centre 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. There’s also a hydrotherapy pool.

Yearsley Pool is a unique 50-yard pool.

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 York

At Energise you’ll find a 98 station gym with Cybex cardio and resistance equipment. There’s also a large free weights area and spin studio.

Burnholme Sports Centre has a brand new 25 station gym with the latest Technogym cardio, and resistance equipment. There’s also a free weights area.

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

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Fitness Classes

With over 60 fitness classes a week across Energise and Burnholme, our extensive programme offers something for all abilities, ages and fitness levels. Choose from Circuits, Group Cycle, Dance Aerobics and Boxfit to unique classes like Hula Hooping.  We also have a range of inclusive classes such as Extend and Danceability. 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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At Energise our 3 floodlit tennis courts have recently been relaid with a coloured top coating. The courts can be hired all year round by the hour on evenings, weekends and school holidays.

We can also provide equipment hire.

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We have three sand dressed floodlit pitches, grass pitches and tennis courts available at Energise. At the new Burnholme Sports Centre there are 3 5-a-side 3G pitches, a 7 a side 3G pitch and a 3G 9-a-side pitch.

Play Football manages all pitch bookings on our behalf.

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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 your community. 

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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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York Stadium Leisure Complex

Welcome to the new York Stadium Leisure Complex

The York Stadium Leisure Complex Project is an exciting creation of a unique combination of sporting, health, and educational facilities.  Once completed, this will include an 8,000 all seater stadium to be shared by York City Football Club and York City Knights Rugby League Club. The stadium will be managed by GLL under the Better brand, on behalf of City of York Council.

Coming soon, York Leisure Centre will include a 25m swimming pool, a learner pool and children’s splash pad. As well as a brand new gym, fitness class studios, sports hall, Clip ‘n Climb, full size sports hall and 5 aside 3G pitches. The Community Hub will also house a wide range of community facilities including York Against Cancer, Explore Library, a club shop and catering and hospitality venues, the NHS and The Little Gym for children.