Council awards new leisure contract to Greenwich Leisure Limited
Friday 3 January: Hillingdon Council has awarded its new 10-year leisure centre management contract to the charitable social enterprise Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), in a move that will help residents stay active and enjoy the benefits of sport.
From 23 February, GLL will manage Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex, Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre, Highgrove Pool and Queensmead Sports Centre in Ruislip.
GLL will be working with the council to develop a plan that reflects the needs of all residents, with a particular focus on delivering activities for children, older people and people with additional needs. This will include:
- Free swimming and swimming lessons for residents aged 65 and over.
- Free swimming for looked after children.
- An exercise referral scheme aimed at getting more people into sports and physical activities.
- A cardiac rehabilitation scheme.
- Pool time for the borough's elite swimming team, based at Hillingdon Sports and Leisure Complex.
- Free facility hire for clubs for people with disabilities based at Highgrove Pool, Queensmead Sports Centre and Botwell Green Sports and Leisure Centre.
- Free facility hire for teams competing in London Youth Games and school sports events.
- An expanded gymnastics programme at Botwell Green Leisure Centre.
- The launch of a Tom Daley Diving Academy at Highgrove Pool.
In addition to awarding the new contract, the council is investing £3 million in a raft improvements across all of its leisure centres, including refurbishments, modernisation of equipment, better use of technology and new energy saving measures.
Councillor Richard Lewis, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Central Services, Culture and Heritage, said: "We have exciting plans for Hillingdon's leisure facilities and we look forward to working with GLL, who have more than 25 years of experience in the leisure industry, to bring the benefits of a more active life to residents of all ages.
"This agreement will boost and build upon our extensive leisure offer, while providing good value for money."
Simon Sen, Regional Director of GLL, said: "We are looking forward to bringing even more residents of Hillingdon the distinct ethical and community benefits of our not-for-profit, charitable social enterprise, delivered under our Better brand.
"Customers will benefit from our emphasis on customer service, backed by a big investment in digital technology that will make accessing their favourite activities easier and quicker. And because we are socially-purposed, all our surpluses are reinvested in local communities to boost participation and wellbeing for everyone."