Our Gunnersbury Team have been busy over the last couple of weeks getting out into the community on various outreach projects. As a social enterprise, it is really important that we engage with people from all walks of life and ensure we are using our time to benefit the whole community and environment. Being present in settings with limited income or access to leisure facilities is a huge part of who Better are, encouraging the whole community to engage in sport to improve well-being and health.
In the last fortnight we visited Smallberry Green Primary School in Isleworth for their Health & Wellbeing fair to promote the opening of the new centre and the activities available for kids. Encouraging these pupils to lead a more active lifestyle was at the forefront of the schools priorities, other clubs/participants at the fair included our partners Brentford Football Club, a local dentist, trampolining coaches and a tennis club, as well as a selection of healthy food and easy recipes set up by the school to give parents and kids easy and nutritious lunchbox ideas.
Brentford FC Community Trust do a lot of fantastic work in the community and are already running multiple football activities for kids. In the last month they held a tournament for 300 school kids on our artificial grass pitches! They will also be putting on mini-bees gymnastic classes for ages 18 month to 4 years old in our Sports Hall when we launch.
Last week we were also present at the Acton Job Centre for their job fair where we talked to job-seekers about what GLL has to offer in terms of careers, as well as the facilities we will have at Gunnersbury Park and the surrounding Better centres. As a company who offer concessionary rates, this was a really key location for us to perform outreach as job seekers are able to claim a reduced rate of membership meaning they don’t need to sacrifice their health and fitness whilst they are finding employment. It was great for the attendees to realise that fitness could be affordable and they seemed to be refreshed to know that a gym was trying to be accessible to everyone!