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bstfitness Newbury merges with UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise

A merger has been announced between Basingstoke Sports Trust (BST) and the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise, Greenwich Leisure Limited (GLL).

BST operates the bstFitness sports complex in Park Way, Newbury.

BST staff were informed of the merger before Christmas ahead of GLL beginning operating the centres from the 1st January 2022.  Services will be offered under the BST brand initially, meaning service as normal for customers and staff.

GLL is the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise and delivers services that prioritise health and wellbeing over profits.

With no shareholders to pay, surpluses can be reinvested into staff training and career development, facilities, grass roots sport programmes and getting more people more active.

James Starbuck, Former CEO of BST said:

“Given the financial challenges of the past two years, this merger is great news and ensures an extremely positive future for these centres in Basingstoke and Newbury.  GLL’s experience and innovation will allow the centres to thrive as we recover from the pandemic. 

“In addition, GLL’s employee-led model opens up significant opportunity for all employees in terms of training and career progression.”

Mark Sesnan, CEO of GLL said

“This type of collaborative working between leisure trusts showcases the strengths that the charitable social enterprise sector can bring to public services. 

“We are extremely excited to welcome the BST staff into the GLL family as we begin operating the two fantastic centres in Basingstoke and Newbury. 

“Our goal is to build upon the great work achieved to date and make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of the community for many years to come.”

Talented local athletes are invited to apply for the £1.2m of funding support available through GLL Sport Foundation (GSF) via the 2022 GSF Awards.

Over 13 years the GSF has invested over £12.1 million supporting elite talent yielding a staggering 76 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

Applications are open until 20th February 2022 via the website portal – www.gllsportfoundation.org