We are delighted to announce a new partnership with GLL, the UK’s largest public leisure operator, who will be helping us to facilitate more opportunities for people to access gymnastics across the UK.
As part of our ongoing work to grow capacity, GLL will be joining our list of leisure provider partners helping to increase provision of the sport.
Over the next three years GLL will be working with us, with the aim of bringing in 10,000 new gymnasts into the sport, increasing access through partnerships between leisure centres and club programmes.
This partnership will also be working on developing more qualified coaches and aims to train 100 new entry level coaches to help increase the provision of gymnastics delivery.
David Marshall, Participation Director of British Gymnastics said; “We are thrilled to be working with GLL as an Official Delivery Partner. With over 25 years’ experience creating community spaces, GLL have made a significant impact on the leisure industry, creating a fantastic network of facilities across the UK. This is a significant step in our work to increase the number of ways participants have to access our sport and this partnership will create thousands of new opportunities.”
Andrew Clark, National Sports & Aquatics Manager for GLL said; “Gymnastics is a fantastic sport which provides children with great fundamental skills including balance, co-ordination, concentration and confidence, all of which are transferable to lots of other activities. We already operate the largest gymnastics programme in the country; our partnership with British Gymnastics will take this to a new level by utilising their programme and support.
“Access into the sport has been a challenge due to capacity; our programme at our leisure centres plays an important part in the development of children who progress into gymnastics clubs and other sports.
GLL, the UK's largest leisure social enterprise, manages over 270 facilities in the UK and it works with a number of sporting national governing bodies in swimming, athletics and tennis. GLL also operates the largest independent athlete support programme in the UK, the ‘GLL Sport Foundation’ which this year supported 87 gymnasts with £52,000 worth of financial support.
Leisure sector partnerships is one of the ways we are growing capacity. This initiative contributes towards our work with all of the sports deliverers, including schools and clubs, in the creation and development of spaces for participation.