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GLL grows ever larger as Tone Leisure is acquired

Operator Tone Leisure is to become a wholly-owned subsidiary of GLL, as the burgeoning enterprise continues to expand. Under the agreement, which commences

on 1 June 2015, Tone will continue to directly operate its 13 leisure and sporting facili- ties across the south west of England until 1 December 2016, when a full merger is planned with GLL. Te deal follows a flurry of activity involving GLL – which recently acquired North Country Leisure and also announced a merger with Carlisle Leisure Limited – as the enterprise grows rapidly beyond its London heartland. GLL now operates 170 leisure centres across the UK. Details:

Big names win ukactive Board seats

Virgin Active European COO Matt Merrick and GLL managing director Mark Sesnan have won seats on the new-look ukactive Board of Directors following a high-profile election. Merrick will fill the com-

mercial fitness seat and Sesnan will represent local authority activity, having been favoured by ukactive members over a host of other well-known industry names. The third elected seat, representing “broader physical activity,” went to Dr Ewan Hamnett, who ran unopposed aſter the ukactive Nominations Committee agreed there was no other suitable application for this seat. Sesnan has been managing director of GLL

Mark Sesnan has been MD of GLL since its formation in 1993 Te new Board, which will be chaired by

since its formation in 1993 and is also a CIMSPA Fellow, and a founder member of Sporta. Of his new position on the ukactive Board, he said: “I understand the challenges we face as well as those facing the nation. Ultimately my goal will be to support and help guide ukactive in its new cross-cutting agendas, and I have the track record and experience to do this”.

Alliance owners Paul Cluett and Sarah Watts

Watts and Cluett complete buyout of Alliance Leisure

Sarah Watts and Paul Cluett have taken principal ownership of Alliance Leisure Services, with Watts in place as CEO and Cluett to be managing director. Established in 1999 by Watts, Alliance

has partnered with numerous local authori- ties and leisure trusts to complete projects. “It’s been an incredible 16 years build-

ing the business and team we see today, but 2015 presents a new chapter in the com- pany’s ownership,” said Watts, who was previously managing director of the busi- ness. “We have worked hard to establish strong relationships with our clients and we look forward to developing new sites and pushing the boundaries for the next generation of leisure facilities.” Te team design and build innovative

sport and leisure facilities, working in part- nership with local councils to replace ageing and costly leisure facilities with modern, revenue-generating sites. Over the past 16 years, the company has carried out more than 100 developments and invested more than £100m into the UK leisure market. Details:

4 Waggett to helm high-end gym portfolio

Former Fitness First chief Colin Waggett has been named CEO of the as-yet-unnamed port- folio of high-end London health clubs owned by private investment firm Encore Capital. Encore recently acquired the Tird Space

group – whose Soho and Marylebone clubs boast a range of celebrity members – as well as the Tower Bridge 37 Degrees health club for an undisclosed fee. These recent acquisitions, together with Encore’s owner- ship of the Reebok Sports Club in Canary Wharf underline its ambitious growth plans in the health and fitness sector. Waggett, who made his name at Fitness First

and then went on to launch Psycle, was intro- duced to staff on Monday (11 May) and will now set about strategising and formulating the brand proposition. Further announcements are expected in the autumn, with regards to the gym group’s name and plans for growth. “Our aspiration is to be the premium life-

style club offering in London, serving the fitness savvy, fashion conscious Londoner who also appreciates the very best quality in service, and interesting and innovative experiences,” Waggett told Leisure Opportunities. “I firmly believe there is a gap at the quality end of the

Read Leisure Opportunities online: Colin Waggett is strategising the new brand

market that we are perfectly set up to fill. We are immediately pressing on with a £3m club investment program at Tower Bridge, follow- ing on from the £6m invested in Canary Wharf last year, which is reflective of the aspirations of the owners to really make sure each and every club is of a truly outstanding quality.” Details:

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Tanni Grey-Thompson, has been built fol- lowing a 12-month consultation with ukactive members and partners. It is designed to ensure a governance structure that is fit for purpose and in line with best practice recommended by key agencies such as Sport England. In addition to an appointed chair, the Board

will be comprised of an appointed treasurer and up to five appointed non-executive directors. Details:

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