Mayor Fiaz and her Cabinet have approved a new contract with the non-profit organisation, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), to manage Newham’s leisure centres.
- Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL) to replace activeNewham’s role
- Aims to increase physical activity levels and improve satisfaction levels
- New contract due to start on 1 April 2024
Mayor Fiaz and her Cabinet have approved a new contract with the non-profit organisation, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL), to manage Newham’s leisure centres. This supports the Building a Fairer Newham manifesto objective to make Newham healthier and support people to age well. This is also part of the borough’s ambitious vision to improve the health and wellbeing of residents, a plan which spans across services including leisure, environment and public health.
Cabinet’s decision to award a new contract will provide opportunities for long-term improvements, as well as an increase in physical activity levels, satisfaction with the services available and use of the sites by residents. That includes individuals with disabilities, those from ethnically diverse backgrounds and older people.
The decision follows a thorough procurement process which was approved by Cabinet in March 2023. The new contract will commence in April 2024, replacing the role of activeNewham, which has been working in partnership with Newham Council since January 2013.
Councillor Neil Wilson, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care said:
“I am excited to start work with GLL. Our new partner shares our ambition to achieve sustainable results in addressing health inequalities through increasing activity levels and improving the overall wellbeing of our residents.
“The new Leisure Services Management contract will allow us to build on progress to boost physical activity levels, which remain low within the borough, while also tackling obesity rates within our children.
“This is a huge opportunity for us to reassess and meet specific needs.”
The refreshed approach to leisure services was co-designed with adults, children and young people from across the borough. Beyond the centres, the contract will also support residents to be active in community settings, including green spaces, as part of the Active Communities programme.
There were three aspects of the Tender evaluation – price, quality and social value. The new agreement is also expected to help the local authority to deliver against several corporate objectives, including several priorities and steps within ‘50 Steps to a Healthier Newham’, such as giving every child in Newham the best start in life.