British Gymnastics has agreed a three-year deal with GLL, the UK’s largest public leisure operator, in order to help facilitate its drive to create more opportunities for people to access the sport.
Over the next three years GLL will be working with British Gymnastics, 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: “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.”
GLL manages over 270 facilities in the UK and works with a number of national governing bodies in swimming, athletics and tennis. GLL also operates an independent athlete support programme, the ‘GLL Sport Foundation’ which this year supported 87 gymnasts with £52,000 worth of financial support.
Andrew Clark, National Sports & Aquatics Manager for GLL, said: “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.
“The unique talent identification model we are developing with British Gymnastics will ensure talent is highlighted and signposted on to the appropriate talent pathway which could be groundbreaking for the sport.”