Refugee Support Scheme from GLL – 3 Month Free Membership

Steve Beere
Author's position
Regional Health Manager, GLL
Primary interest
Sports and Fitness
Greenwich Leisure Limited is offering a free 3 month membership scheme open to all refugees who have sought asylum in the UK.

This scheme will run at all GLL leisure Centres and offers free Better Health Centre membership or lesson and course (if available) membership for a fixed 3 month period from the join date.  The scheme is open to the refugees only (supporting UK family members are not eligible) and specifically in terms of status:
Ukrainian residents who were living in the Ukraine prior to January 2022
Other international refugees granted refugee/asylum status by the UK Government

  • How do people apply?

Access to the scheme will be administered centrally via email direct to the customer service team at or
The applicant or sponsor will need to supply the relevant personal details in the email plus attach proof of eligibility:

First name, last name, date of birth, email address, phone number, gender, selected leisure centre and selected lesson or course, date/time/level (if this is being requested)

Some refugees might have difficulty applying, language difficulties or other barriers so the following people can apply for them on their behalf:

The individual (adult or child)
UK Family host supporting Ukraine refugees under the Governments UK Family Scheme
Charitable support agencies such as Red Cross or Refugee Council
GLL’s own in-centre operational staff when dealing face to face with a vulnerable group to support their application.

  • What proof are we requesting?

The application email will also need to contain proof of eligibility for this scheme, we are accepting:

Home Office letter, Ukrainian Family Scheme Visa,  proof of official application to UK Government as Ukrainian refugee

  • How long before they receive their membership?

GLL will write back to the contact email confirming their membership is live and next steps for them to start using the centre within 3 working days.