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 258 public Sports and Leisure facilities, 88 libraries, 10 children’s centres and 5 adventure playgrounds in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. Better leisure facilities enjoy 46 million visitors a year and have more than 650,000 members.
GLL exists to make community services and spaces better for everyone. In practice, that means investing all surpluses back into providing quality leisure, health and library facilities for the good of the communities where we operate.
Alongside our core leisure and library divisions, GLL runs sport and legacy development, health intervention and education, as well as offering the GLL Sports Foundation, one of the largest independent support programmes for talented young athletes in the UK.
We are always looking at ways in which to improve the services and facilities we offer and ways in which it can contribute positively to the local community.
GLL has come a long way since we started 25 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 £274m forecast 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.