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INTERVIEW Technogym has a citywide deal with GLL to install its kit across all gyms, old and new

also in other local physical activity projects. One of these is a GLL-led programme to invest in young, local athletes. More than 100 Belfast athletes have so far benefi ted from £70,000 worth of funding towards their sport and training. The programme is delivered in partnership with the Mary Peters Trust and Belfast City Council. “When it comes to new models, the social enterprise format wasn’t really seen here before – and certainly not in leisure,” he says. “It was a significant change for Northern Ireland, not least because around 30 per cent of the country’s workforce is employed in the public sector.” It is, therefore, perhaps no surprise that while both the council and GLL have hailed the partnership as a great success, others have needed convincing of the benefi ts of the new system. These include trade unions, which represent some of the staff employed at the leisure centres that are now operated by GLL. Some have been vocal with their challenges over the involvement of “an outsourced player” and the introduction of more flexible staffing. Kirk explains the set-up, saying: “The changes have allowed for a close working relationship between us and the staff who are at the centre of the service. Also, they’re part of a strong focus on staff development – we’ve delivered more than 50 internal promotions since the partnership was launched.” 84

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“Technogym has helped us ensure that every facility has the same selection of equipment. It’s part of the commitment we’ve made to deliver a top quality service for every community”

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Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.

Health Club Management May 2019  

Health Club Management is the magazine and online community for decision-makers in the global health club, fitness and gym industry.