GLL and Hackney Council have worked in partnership for the last 10 years with a clear focus of providing quality sport and leisure facilities at affordable prices.
As Hackney has thrived as a borough and as a place where diversity is truly celebrated, it is also great to see the investment and progress in sport and leisure facilities. This investment is evident in the increase in usage (now over 2 million visits per year), the growth in membership numbers and the increase in participation rates of Hackney residents.
London Fields Lido saw the installation of floodlights to give a true year round offer, with customers able to swim from 6.30am into the evening through the winter. The facility continues to grow in popularity with over 225,000 visits in 2015, a figure which will continue to increase following the investment.
The New Age Games continue to allow free access for our over 50’s in Hackney, with the highest attendance to date and an ever widening programme of activities and sports available. The Hackney team celebrated their best ever finish at the GLL Club Games with 6th place at Hackney’s Copper Box Arena.
The Hackney Youth Sports fund continues to grow and we are proud to support young Hackney athletes in achieving their full potential. Over 140 athletes were sponsored in 2015, which included both individual funding and free membership to Hackney Leisure Centres.
The GP Referral scheme continues to deliver excellent outputs across a number of centres. Totalling over 3,000 referrals from local health care provision, such as GP’s and local hospitals, and over 65% completion of the initial 3 month programme prior to exiting onto a subsidised borough-wide membership. This provision now includes cardiac rehabilitation, weight management and support for those who have suffered a stroke, all of which ensure we encourage the whole community to get active.
The partnership continues to innovate through technology, such as installing fast track kiosks and simplifying online bookings, as well as launching new activities and products from open water swimming to large events and the latest health and fitness equipment. Queensbridge was proud to launch Gymnastics in 2014 with over 300 customers now attending the weekly sessions.
We look forward to continuing our successful partnership.