Greenwich Leisure Limited

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Greenwich Leisure Limited
Industrial and Provident Society
Industry Sport, leisure and culture
Founded 1993
Headquarters Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, United Kingdom
Key people
Mark Sesnan – Managing Director, Peter Bundey – Deputy Managing Director
Revenue £79.67 million (2012)[1]
Number of employees

Greenwich Leisure Ltd, operating under the brand "Better", is a non-profit organisation which runs over 115 sport and leisure facilities[2] and libraries on behalf of local authorities in London and elsewhere in England, as well as a college and the "Healthwise" programme.

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 GLL started to run services for other local authorities. GLL also runs and 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 in a deal that will see the new group operate more than 100 leisure centres across South East England. GLL and Nexus have worked in partnership since 1996, most recently in the South Oxfordshire area where GLL has subcontracted the management of seven South Oxfordshire District Council leisure facilities to Nexus.

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


GLL is a staff-led 'Leisure Trust', 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.


GLL runs the following services:

Sports and leisure[edit]

Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, run by GLL.
  • Crystal Palace National Sports Centre
  • Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
London Fields Lido in Hackney, run by GLL.
Marshall Street Baths in Westminster, run by GLL.

London local authorities:

  • Barking and Dagenham Sportshouse
  • Barnet
  • Bexley
  • Camden
  • Ealing
  • Greenwich
  • Hackney
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Hillingdon
  • Islington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • Lambeth
  • Lewisham
  • Merton
  • Romford
  • Southwark
  • Tower Hamlets
  • Waltham Forest
  • Westminster

Local authorities outside London:

  • Allerdale
  • Cambridge
  • Carlisle
  • Chiltern
  • Epsom and Ewell
  • High Wycombe
  • Manchester
  • Reading
  • Reigate and Banstead
  • Rugby
  • South Bucks
  • South Oxfordshire
  • Swindon
  • West Oxfordshire
  • York


Putney Library in Wandsworth, run by GLL


  • "Healthwise" referral programme in Greenwich, Hackney and Waltham Forest



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