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75 jobs created with opening of Belfast's three rebuilt leisure centres

Devon Small (left) and Gareth Kirk of GLL with Suzanne Wylie
Devon Small (left) and Gareth Kirk of GLL with Suzanne Wylie
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By Ryan McAleer

The company that operates leisure facilities in Belfast has announced 75 new jobs across the city.

GLL manages 14 leisure centres alongside Belfast City Council under the Better brand. The social enterprise said the new roles were part of the council's ongoing £105m investment in leisure services throughout Belfast.

The 75 permanent jobs will be based in three new-build leisure centres, due to open in late 2019 and in early 2020 - Andersonstown Leisure Centre, Brook Activity Centre and Lisnasharragh Leisure Centre, previously known at the Robinson Centre.

GLL is also recruiting 100 new casual roles, including a mix of sports coaches, lifeguards and summer scheme staff. The application process for the jobs will begin this month.

Suzanne Wylie, chief executive of Belfast City Council, said: "The creation of 75 jobs by our strategic partner GLL is part and parcel of council's transformation of leisure services in Belfast. 

"Our aim is to provide innovative leisure facilities across the city through a significant capital investment programme.

"In total, we will invest £105m in seven new facilities, each with its own unique selling point, so that we minimise duplication and ensure balanced, value for money investment."

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She said the rebuilt Olympia Leisure Centre and Spa in south Belfast was the "state-of-the-art standard" which the council is aiming for.

Gareth Kirk, regional director of GLL, said: "The creation of these jobs will be really important in helping us to promote better health and wellbeing to more people across the city.

"Investment in health and wellbeing is a vital component of the development of any modern city.

"Working closely with Belfast City Council and other key strategic stakeholders we are excited to be a part of the contribution to improved physical and mental health."

He added that existing staff would also be given the opportunity to develop their skills.

"There is a huge range of rewarding careers in GLL and really exciting opportunities for staff to develop and progress," he said.

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