GLL Sport Foundation Applications Open for 2019


GLL – the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise - has once again shown its commitment to improving health, wellbeing and opportunity in the communities it works in, by supporting the next generation of athletes to the tune of £1.5 million, via The GLL Sport Foundation (GSF). Now in its eleventh year, GSF’s latest investment in today’s and tomorrow’s athletes will take its total support to £10.7 million. 

The GLL Sport Foundation supports athletes across 73 areas of the UK. Eligible athletes can benefit from financial support, physiotherapy, gym memberships at GLL’s Better facilities and more. Applications for the programme are open now until the February 20th 2019 and athletes from Ealing are encouraged to apply. Last year, the GLL Sport Foundation in partnership with Ealing Council supported 49 athletes including Olympian Ekaterina Avramova. 

The GLL Sport Foundation is the UKs largest independent athlete support programme. Since the programme launched in 2008, it has provided over 16,000 athlete awards at a total support value of £9.2 million by 2018.  72% of supported athletes were aged under 21 and the programme supports athletes across all Olympic, Paralympic, Deaflympic and Special Olympic sports. Most importantly 90% of the athletes supported do not receive any other funding. 

GLL Sport Foundation Patron Sally Gunnell explains the role the programme has to play: “The support from the GLL Sport Foundation is essential for young athletes, and can sometimes be the difference between being talented, and taking the sport up to the elite level. I have experienced first hand the financial struggle of being on the fringes of elite sport, and support programmes such as the GLL Sport Foundation relieve some of the burden so that more time can be spent on performing at the highest level possible”. 

Athletes from across the UK can apply for support through the GLL Sport Foundation via the online portal at: Applications close 20th February 2019.  

GSF works with partners: SportsAid, Mary Peters Trust and SportsAid Wales to provide tangible support for Britain’s next crop of talented athletes.

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·         GLL is a charitable social enterprise that manages sport and leisure venues in partnership with local authority and public service organisations

·         The GLL Sport Foundation is a subsidiary organisation of GLL

·         The GLL Sport Foundation was launched at the House of Commons in 2008

·         The GLL Sport Foundation operates under the patronage of Sally Gunnell – OBE

·         The GLL Sport Foundation is funded by:


* 1st Tier Sponsors:

- GLLleisure’s most successful social enterprise

- Technogymthe wellness company

* 2nd Tier Sponsors:

- Selectavending services

- Zurichinsurance based financial services

* 3rd Tier Sponsors:

- Communisis – communication channelled

- Annodata – business systems

- Insiteflexible IT services delivered

- Taylor Made Designsbranded solutions

- Pumps & Motors UK Ltd – services to industry

- Lyrecooffice and work solutions

- BrenntagGlobal market leader in chemical distribution


* Sport Science Partners:

Belfast – Ulster University and Rebound Physiotherapy

Central England – Gosling Sports Park – The Physiotherapy Clinic

London - Middlesex University & London Sport Institute and Crystal Palace Physiotherapy Group

North England – The Osborne Clinic, Newcastle

South West England – University of Bath – Physio & Sport Science Centre

West England – Highworth Physiotherapy Clinic, Swindon

Cardiff – Sports Medicine Physiotherapy Clinic, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Cornwall Physio - Cornwall


·         The GLL Sport Foundation works in partnership with SportsAid, SportsAid Wales and Mary Peters Trust to co-ordinate talent identification and national governing body funding recommendations.

·         The GLL Sport Foundation works in partnership with local authority and public sector athlete support programmes.

·         Links:, @gllsf, @GLLSportFoundation


For more details contact:

Maximilian Goodchild

Community Sports Manager      

Telephone number 07543738629


Posted: 4 January 2019