Who We Are

Established in 1993, GLL is the largest UK-based charitable social enterprise delivering leisure, health and community services. Under the consumer facing brand Better, we operate 240 public Sports and Leisure facilities, 120 libraries, 10 children’s centres and 5 adventure playgrounds in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Better leisure facilities enjoy over 57 million visitors a year and have more than 700,000 members.


What We Do


GLL’s position as sport and leisure’s leading, charitable social enterprise is built upon a solid foundation of services we provide to partners, key stakeholders and customers.

GLL helps build active and sustainable communities through our partnerships. We work to a social agenda and are committed to providing accessible community facilities for all. We believe in offering value for money.

Our services are wide-ranging and offer current and potential partners a range of solutions and options for enhanced service-delivery, increased value for money and tangible added value.

We’ve been operating leisure centres since 1993 and it’s probably what we’re best-known for. Our key services are leisure, libraries and archives, children's centres, arts and events, health, education and sports development.

Our History

GLL has come a long way since we started 31 years ago with one centre in Woolwich. We are now a national organisation with centres from Carlisle to Cornwall plus a presence in Belfast and Cardiff.

The growth journey has allowed us to become one of the most diverse, inclusive and accessible leisure providers.

GLL’s £345m turnover is part of the UK’s £23bn social economy and is challenging private sector providers in the leisure market – showing that a charity can compete successfully at scale.