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Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL), operating under the brand "Better", is a non-profit charitable Social Enterprise organisation which runs over 250 sport and leisure facilities[2] and libraries on behalf of local authorities in London and across the UK, as well as its own internal college and the "Healthwise" programme. Its headquarters is in Middlegate House, the 1810-built former storekeeper's mansion at Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, South East London.

Greenwich Leisure Limited
Industrial and Provident Society
IndustrySport, leisure and culture
HeadquartersRoyal Arsenal
London, SE18
United Kingdom
Key people
Mark Sesnan – Managing Director, Peter Bundey – Deputy Managing Director
Revenue£274 million (2017) [1]
Number of employees



GLL was established to run local services in the London Borough of Greenwich in 1993 as a non profit distributing co-operative. In the following years it started to run services for other local authorities. It also manages Crystal Palace National Sports Centre. On 9 January 2012 it was announced that GLL would be managing the Aquatics Centre and Multi-Use Arena of the London 2012 Olympic Games from 2013 for 10 years.

In January 2011 Nexus Community and GLL merged; further mergers, acquisitions and contract awards followed so that by 2016, GLL was a national leisure provider with a presence in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In June 2012 GLL rebranded all their centres under the "Better" brand.[3]


GLL is a staff-led 'Leisure Trust', social enterprise structured as an Industrial and Provident Society[4] for the benefit of the community. The members of the co-operative and therefore owners of the company are the workers of GLL. Alongside democratically elected members of staff, the trust's board includes representation of other stakeholders, including Greenwich Council.

In 2017 as part of its social enterprise objectives, GLL reinvested £340 million to local communities. The GLL Sports Foundation (GSF) has invested £9 million towards elite athlete training over the past 10 years.

GLL works in partnership with 50 local councils, public agencies and sporting organisations. In 2016 GLL acquired 17 standalone gyms from Fitness First and FitSpace.


Sports and leisureEdit

GLL have over 250 public sport and leisure locations across the UK which are split into regions including London. These include

Olympic Legacy developments which GLL manageEdit

Inside the Copperbox Arena

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Interior of the London Aquatic center as managed by GLL


London Fields Lido in Hackney, run by GLL.

Areas CoveredEdit

London local authorities/areas
Barking and Dagenham Sportshouse
Crystal Palace
Hammersmith and Fulham
Kensington and Chelsea
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (See Olympic Legacy above)
Southwark (until June 20, 2016) [5]
Tower Hamlets
Waltham Forest
Westminster (until June 30, 2016)[6]

Local authorities outside LondonEdit

East Midlands East of England North East North West Northern Ireland South South East South West Wales West Midlands Yorkshire and the Humber
Lincolnshire Basildon Newcastle Allerdale Belfast Bournemouth Brentwood Bath and North East Somerset Cardiff Birmingham Bradford
Cambridge Carlisle Chiltern Epsom and Ewell Cornwall Cannock Chase Sheffield
Ipswich Copeland Portsmouth Reigate and Banstead North Somerset Rugby York
Welwyn Garden City Eden Reading Taunton Dean Telford
Manchester South Bucks Walsall
Preston South Oxfordshire
South Lakeland Swindon
Vale of White Horse
West Oxfordshire

Libraries and other servicesEdit

Libraries are also a core part of GLL's service offering, with an aim to "widen access and increase the use of libraries in the community" and a focus to keep libraries open and raise footfall. There are 113 locations with a concentration in four core regions.

Child CareEdit

10 Children's Centres in Greenwich and to offer activities and space for children.


Through the Better brand, Better Extreme offer thrill seeking high impact activities including a Skate park, Trampolining and indoor rock climbing.


London Fields Lido

"Healthwise" referral programme in 21 local authority areas including Greenwich, Hackney and Waltham Forest.


GLL College (partnership with Greenwich Community College)


GLL operate and manage lidos and open water across the UK including:

  • Abbey Meadows Outdoor Pool
  • Charlton Lido And Lifestyle Club
  • Finchley Lido Leisure Centre
  • Jesus Green Swimming Pool
  • London Fields Lido (Hackney)
  • Oasis Sports Centre (Camden)
  • Riverside Park And Pools
  • West Reservoir Centre
  • Woodstock Open Air Pool

Spa ExperienceEdit

Providing spa, beauty and health treatments within leisure facilities including the historic Ironmonger Row Baths

Ironmonger Row Baths


A portfolio of sports, leisure and cultural venues available to hire across England and Northern Ireland. Including the Historic York Hall.

Awards & AccreditationsEdit



  • 2012 Social Enterprise UK badge
  • Quest Accreditation
  • ISO 14001 environmental management standard
  • Beacon College Status for GLL College


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  5. ^ "Individual Awards". Retrieved 2018-01-30.

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