Croydon Council leisure centres operator GLL has announced support for 48 young athletes from across the borough to the tune of £28,400, through the GLL Sports Foundation. The awards were announced on Thursday evening (14 June).
Supported athletes receive packages that include financial grants of up to £1250, free training memberships enabling access across 300 GLL and partner operated sporting venues, along with access to sports science, medical support and employment opportunities all focused towards supporting their athlete journey.
GLL (under the trading name of “Better”) operates five leisure centres and a number of other recreational facilities across the borough, offering a wide range of physical activities to promote a healthier and happier Croydon.
The council awarded GLL a 20-year contract in the Spring, which is delivering investment into buildings and outdoor sports facilities to get more people active.
“Croydon Council is proud to be working with GLL to deliver leisure and sporting outlets for residents to get active or simply unwind. Supporting our aspirational young sportspeople is important and we hope this leads on to them achieving great success and becoming positive role models for future generations.”
Councillor Oliver Lewis, cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport
GSF Patron and former Olympic Champion Sally Gunnell said: “Sport is such an important element in our lives whether that be as an athlete, a coach or within the wide network of support, sport can and will continue to deliver so much for us. This was seen once again from the euphoria that gripped the nation during the World Athletics Championships last year”.