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Performance and Achievements in the 9 years since Formation

 Updated 25th May 2015



Drivers for Sport, Leisure and Physical Activity in North Lanarkshire
  • 2nd highest level of income deprivation in Scotland
  • Life expectancy 3 years below the UK average and death rates well above the Scottish average
  • 49% of deaths related to CHD, cancer or stroke
  • Highest obesity levels in the UK (Coatbridge and Bellshill), 65% of adults overweight; 28% obese.
  • Highest incidence of alcohol related deaths in the UK (Coatbridge)
  • 2nd lowest sports participation rate in Scotland (2004 sportscotland figures)
  • Legacy of post-industrial decline – regeneration through sport
  • High levels of poor health and disability, 17% of those over 65 with ‘bad’ or ‘very bad’ health
NLL Formation and Charitable Objectives

North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) was formed on 16th September 2006, following a strategic best value appraisal by North Lanarkshire Council. NLL is a charitable trust with the following charitable objectives:

  • Sport
  • Recreation
  • Advancement of health; and
  • Provision of social welfare.

NLL is an entirely not-for-profit organisation with any surpluses going to improve facilities, services, programmes, activities and staff training in pursuit of NLL’s charitable objectives. NLL is monitored by the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR).  NLL have around 1,000 employees who are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of the area, improving individual quality of life and collective quality of living in the communities we serve.

Scope of Venues and Services

20 sports facilities including 8 swimming pools, 13 sports halls, 2 athletics tracks, football stadia, international BMX track, 2  golf courses and driving range, ice rinks, Licenced Outdoor Activities Centre,  National Visitor Attraction, 15 3G Pitches, 40 sports pavilions and 150 sport pitches, golf course maintenance, sports development, fitness motivators in schools, health improvement, catering staff, Active Schools, School Sport & Outdoor Education Staff




  1. Tryst Sports Centre in Cumbernauld
  2. Kilsyth Swimming Pool in Kilsyth
  3. Palacerigg Golf Course in Cumbernauld
  4. Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre in Chryston
  5. Broadwood Stadium in Cumbernauld
  6. Airdrie Leisure Centre in Airdrie
  7. John Smith Pool in Airdrie
  8. Coatbridge Outdoor Sports Centre in Coatbridge
  9. Lochview Family Golf Centre in Coatbridge
  10. St. Ambrose High School in Coatbridge
  11. Kirkwood Sports Barn in Coatbridge
  12. Aquatec Leisure Centre in Motherwell
  13. Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex in Bellshill
  14. Keir Hardie Centre in Holytown
  15. Birkenshaw Sports Hall in Uddingston
  16. Wishaw Sports Centre in Wishaw
  17. Shotts Leisure Centre in Shotts
  18. Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility in Motherwell
  19. Time Capsule (& Time Capsule Stand Alone Website) in Coatbridge
  20. Kilbowie Outdoor Education Centre in Oban
  • 276% increase in customer income from £3.8m in 2005-06 to £14.3m in 2013-14 (was £2.4m in 2000-01) – [see graph]
  • 131% increase in customer attendances from 2.2m in 2005-06 to 5.3m in 2013-14  (was 2.1m in 2000-01) – [see graph]
  • Access NL is the best performing membership schemes  in Scotland and amongst the highest in the UK.
  • Number of employees has increased from 386 to 1,000+
  • Turnover has increased from £12.3m in 2006 to £27m+ in 2015-16
  • The management fee has went from 73% of Turnover in 2006/07 to 40% in 2015-16
  • Sickness absence levels have reduced from 6.92% in 2006-07 to 3.59% in 2013-14. Each 1% reduction represents a £110,000 saving to NLL – [see graph]
  • £41m Social Return on Investment for £10m NLL management fee and innovative, ground breaking and sector leading report produced in conjunction with NLL’s external auditors (with sport and leisure charity sector following NLL’s lead)
  • £6.0+m more efficient than pre-transfer in 2006 in terms of efficiencies back to NLC and cost pressures absorbed by NLL (NLL one of if not the highest contributor in efficiencies for NLC over the last 5 years respective of its cost)
  • £8.0+m reinvested in NLL facilities
  • £2.7m reserves fund generated
  • 243,000 annual Active Schools ‘Participation’ sessions
Venue Improvements (& Service Transfer Dates)
  • Broadwood Stadium (Cumbernauld) Ltd wound up and Broadwood Stadium transferred to NLL on 21st September 2009
  • £9m sport and leisure centre at Broadwood Stadium opened on 5th January 2010 with Business Plans constructed and delivered
  • £32m Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility opened on 30th September 2010 by Scotland Football Manager Craig Levin with a 24hour charity football match in aid of St. Andrews hospice
  • Time Capsule Monklands Trust (Ltd) was wound up and the Time Capsule transferred to NLL on 27th April 2011, which provided NLL with the opportunity for significant investment in the venue to make significant in roads into improving the health and well being of the local community and begin to tackle obesity, alcohol and low levels of sports participation.
    • Time Capsule Phase 1 - £6.5m refurbishment to the leisure pool and venue rebranded as Scotland’s Waterpark – reopened on 3rd December 2011
    • Time Capsule Phase 2 - £2.1m to refurbish the ice rink – reopened 7th December 2012
    • Phase 3 - £1.5m drysports refurbishment to create a large, state of the art fitness gym with studios and multi-level interactive soft play facility with associated café  - reopened 7th April 2014
  • Gym Refurbishments and lease renewals every 5 years – first period was open to any suppliers, second was with a framework agreement with Technogym and third period was with a framework agreement with Anytme Leisure. Gyms completed include:
    • Tryst Sports Centre – First, Technogym and Anytime Leisure Gym Refurbishment
    • Airdrie Leisure Centre – Technogym Gym Refurbishment
    • Wishaw Sports Centre – First, Technogym and Anytime Leisure Gym Refurbishment
    • Aquatec Leisure Centre – First, Technogym and Anytime Leisure Gym Refurbishment
    • Shotts Leisure  Centre – Technogym and Anytime Leisure Gym Refurbishment
    • Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre – First Refurbishment (Life Fitness)
    • Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex - First Refurbishment (Life Fitness), then Technogym
    • Broadwood Stadium
    • Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • £1.25m invested in Lochview Family Golf Centre in Coatbridge which opened on 21st and 22nd May 2011 upgrading clubhouse, with the View café, simulator, upgraded driving range, course improvements and junior practice course installation
  • Wetside changing facilities and health suite upgrade at Wishaw Sports Centre
  • Car Parking Improvements and expansion at Sir Matt Busby Sport Complex, Airdrie Leisure Centre and the Time Capsule
  • New sports hall floors at Airdrie Leisure Centre and  Wishaw Sports Centre
  • New toilet facilities at Tryst Sports Centre (entrance foyer) and Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex (swimming pool balcony)and Wishaw Sports Centre
  • Upgrade of bulk changing rooms at Wishaw Sports Centre, Tryst Sports Centre, Airdrie Leisure Centre, Aquatec Gym Changing
  • Upgrading of team changing facilities at Wishaw Sports Centre
  • New 3G synthetic turf sports pitches at Kilsyth Sports Field, Ravenswood, Abronhill, Airdrie Leisure Centre, Keir Hardie Centre with new changing facilities at Kilsyth and Keir Hardie in partnership with NLC, Airdrie Leisure Centre and Broadwood Stadium
  • Aquatec pool hall and health suite upgrade
  • £2.0m Tryst Sports Centre swimming pool and changing room upgrade
  • New spinning studio at Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex
  • £440k investment in new gym and studio facilities at Airdrie Leisure Centre which opened in June 2011 (half 10 badminton court sports hall conversion). Officially opened by Lee McConnell,
  • Indoor tennis court developed and in situ for Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility introducing indoor tennis to NL
  • Indoor 3G surface installed in to the former sports hall of Kirkwood Sports Barn
  • New Dojo  introduced at Kirkwood Sports Barn in partnership with the local Camran Taekwondo club
  • Shotts Leisure Centre Squash Court conversion into a dedicated new twin level gym and health and fitness facility
  • Extensive golf course drainage works improvements at Palacerigg and Lochview Golf Courses
  • £200k invested in new grounds maintenance equipment to help improve golf course maintenance programmes
  • Energy conservation plans introduced
  • New reception areas introduced for Wishaw Sports Centre, Shotts Leisure Centre and reception desk replaced at Broadwood Stadium
  • Extensive swimming pool plaint maintenance, replacement and refurbishment undertaken
  • Legionella testing and prevention programme introduced
  • Emergency lighting upgrades at various venues
  • Café upgrades at various locations
  • Secured funding for St. Stephens Primary School junior golf course and then later for artificial tees and greens
  • Replacement fencing for Broadwood pitches and Coatbridge Golf Course
  • John Smith Pool wet side changing upgrade
  • New walls and gated entrance features constructed at Airdrie Leisure Centre and Lochview Golf (in partnership with Regen Services)
  • Assisted Stepps Tennis club in securing funding packages to upgrade their tennis courts
  • New ‘Ultimate Fitness Area’ established at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex wetside changing and pool hall reopened on 13th February 2012 following a £760,000 refurbishment. New £50k Omega Electronic timing system introduced part funded by sportscotland and spectator seating previously replaced.
  • Development of Kirkwood Sports Barn sports hall to indoor 3G pitch and refurbishment of multi purpose room to permanent dojo, conversion of upstairs offices to party room / viewing gallery and extension of upstairs dojo Removal of internal wall within Coatbridge Outdoor Centre gym to give fully open plan gym.
  • Reopening of Broadwood Stadiums' main stadium pitch on 25th August 2012 following the £480,000 installation of a FIFA 2 star and IRB accredited surface 3G synthetic surface to replace the previous grass stadium pitch. Funded through the Scottish Governments' 'Cashback for Communiities Fund' in partnership with sportscotland, the SFA, NLC and Cumbernauld Colts.
  • Complete swimming pool changing area and ground floor dry toilets refurbished, new Junkers main sports hall floor and court dividing curtains installed at Wishaw Sports Centre.
  • Upgrade to health suite at Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex, Kilsyth Swimming Pool, Shotts Leisure Centre, Wishaw Sports Centre and John Smith Pool
  • New gym and studios within Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex opened on 19th November 2012. Changeover from Lifefitness to Technogym equipment
  • Upgraded the old Activ8 Studio in the Tryst Sports Centre into a Multi-Functional Training room which will accommodate children and adult classes such as circuit training, boxing, skipping and low impact fitness classes. Room opened on the 1st April and all of the child classes have been fully booked.
  • NLL took over the out of school hours operation of the new St Ambrose High School on the 19th November 2012
  • Tryst Sports Centre gym reopens on the 26th July 2014 following refurbishment and extensions into former café area with café being relocated into former multi-purpose room and balcony overlooking the swimming pools. First gym equipment installation by Anytime Leisure.
  • Active Schools and the former NLC Sport & Outdoor Education Section transferred to NLL on 20th June 2014
  • The new £600,000 Broadwood (National & International) BMX Track opened at Broadwood Stadium on 21st June 2014. Gym changing facilities within the Aquatec Leisure Centre reopened on 31st August 2014 following extensive refurbishment and upgrade.
  • Kilbowie Outdoor Education and Licensed Activity Centre in Oban transferred to NLL on 10th August 2014
  • Conversion of former areas of Broadwood Stadium into offices, meeting rooms, board room, staff café and hospitality and training suite to serve as North Lanarkshire Leisure Head Quarters with staff moving in on the 2nd February 2015.
  • Reopening of the former lesser hall at Wishaw Sports Centre on the 14th April 2015 which was refurbished to create a state of the art health and fitness gym from what was a 4 badminton court sports hall, former gym space converted into dance studios and dojo. Former free weights gym upgrade with state of the art weight lifting equipment, kitted out by Anytime Leisure. Gym launched with Charlie Flynn with Steve McKenna
  • Gained Quest (the UK Quality Scheme for Sport & Leisure Management) accreditation for multiple sites and Sports Development.
  • Gained the ISPAL “Health & Physical Activity Recognition Programme” Award
  • Gained a  COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities)  Excellence Gold Award for the ‘Saturday Sports Scene’ initiative for Best Team for the 2008 Awards.
  • NLL gained the ISPAL (Institute of Sport, Parks and Leisure) Health & Physical Activity Recognition Programme award on the 19th March 2008
  • Gained an APSE Award for the St. Stephens Golf Project and Saturday Sports Scene
  • Jogging network partnership and trainers recognized at the jogscotland awards
  • Palacerigg Golf – runner up for the Junior Golf Club of the Year at the Scottish Golf Awards 2009 and 2010 and Volunteer of the Year 2011 at the National Golf Awards on 18th February 2011
  • Saturday Sports Scene and the Friday Night Diversionary Sports Project gains the prestigious NHS Health Scotland 'Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) Award for 2012. Award presented by the Chair of NHS Health Promotion Scotland at Murrayfield Stadium on 12th September 2012  recognising the contribution that both projects were making in improving the halth and physical activity levels of young people. Partnership project with NHS Lanarkshire, Police Scotland, Shotts Getting Better Together 'Healthy Living Centre.
  • NLL’s Chief Executive has received an award from the European Capitals of Sport Association (ACES)on 7th November 2012 in recognition for the outstanding work being done by North Lanarkshire Leisure in providing innovative and ground breaking sport for all.
  • North Lanarkshire first authority in Scotland to deliver the Club Golf targets and put in place a sustainable golf model and won the prestigious ‘Critchley Award’ twice
  • North Lanarkshire Athletics Partnership won the Athletics Partnership of the Year at the Scottish Athletics Awards 2010 on the 30th October 2010
  • North Lanarkshire first authority in Scotland to have all their Athletics Clubs’ Scottish Athletics’ Club Mark accredited
  • North Lanarkshire was awarded the prestigious European City of Sport title for the UK for 2011 running from 1st January to 31st December 2011
  • Visit Scotland 4 star rating for the Time Capsule and Ravenscraig in 2011 – ‘an excellent standard’
  • Guinness World Record for the biggest Zumba class ever held with 836 people taking part at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 3rd November 2011
  • NLL and clubsportnl recognised as ‘Partnership of the Year’ at the Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony in Perth on the 24th March 2012
  • The Time Capsule has been voted ‘Best Leisure Centre’ in Glasgow and the West of Scotland for 2011 in the Primary Times ‘Star Awards’ received in May 2012 and again in 2012. The Primary Times is the 15th most popular magazine out of  the UK’s 8,000 published magazines. In Glasgow and the West of Scotland it is distributed to 60,000 families through 215 primary schools with this being award being chosen by the magazine’s readers.
  • NLL took over the management and operation of the former Daisy Park Community Centre adjacent to the Aquatec Leisure Centre and  converted it into the Ultimate Fitness Arena (UFA)
  • Mini-movers nursery football and dance programme in North Lanarkshire nurseries gains the prestigious NHS Health Scotland 'Physical Activity and Health Alliance (PAHA) Award for 2014 on the 24th April 2014
  • The Time Capsule Ice Project was runner-up in the National Lottery Good Causes awards 2014 in the sport category.
  • Major staff restructuring exercise undertaken during 2014-15
    • Business Development Director appointed
    • Operations & Customer Services Director appointed
    • Finance Director appointed
    • HR Director – Internal Appointment
    • Operations, Business Development, Support and Administrations functions and staffing restructuring
    • Membership & Marketing Function split within NLL
      • Marketing Manager, Marketing & Promotions Coordinator, Marketing Assistant, Events Co-ordinators and Marketing Assistant recruited
      • Communications Manager and PR Coordinator Recruited
      • Sales & Membership Manager Recruited
  • Approximately 30 Active Schools Staff and Sport & Outdoor Education Staff transferred to NLL from NLC in July 2014
  • Kilbowie Licenced Outdoor Activity Centre (in Oban) staff transferred to NLL from NLC in August 2014
  • Wages and Payroll function taken ‘in-house’ by NLL from NLC and dedicated staff appointed and transferred
  • ICT function taken ‘in-house’ by NLL from NLC and dedicated IT Manager and support staff recruited
  • Moved into dedicated new Head Quarters established by the refurbishment and refit of Broadwood Stadium in February 2015
  • Golf Manager employed and 8 dedicated golf course grounds maintenance staff transferred to NLL from NLC  in April 2010
  • Catering Manager appointed
  • Financial Controller appointed
  • Finance Manager appointed
  • HR Manager appointed
  • Business Development Manager appointed
  • Additional Engineering staff appointed
  • Additional Membership Advisors appointed
  • Additional Sports Development staff and Football Coordinators posts appointed
  • Additional support services staff appointed
  • NLL Apprentices for Sport Programme Introduced
  • Sports Development Team has grown from 4 to 17 SDO’s and Assistant SDO’s while other LA’s and trusts are currently stripping out this staff asset which is an easy hit in difficult times, however out of kilter with Scotland and the UK’s ‘Golden Decade of Sport’ i.e. Lanarkshire ICG, London 2012 Olympics and the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and Ryder Cup returning to Scotland as the home of golf  in 2014. NLL operate an informal ‘Robin Hood’ policy whereby we charge more commercially where market forces permit and use this to offset the cost of non-income generating area such as sports development, inclusion through sport and health improvement programmes.
  • 2 year Future Jobs Fund Programme introduced which was regarded as amongst the best FJF programmes in Scotland with many trainees going on to gain employment with NLL or elsewhere in the sport and leisure industry
  • PC replacement and upgrade programme in place
  • Detailed and extensive Training Programme introduced and refreshed quarterly
  • Fitness motivators in schools programme introduced – 5 Fitness Motivators bringing the exciting group fitness programme to secondary schools in North Lanarkshire to reduce the fall off in teenage girls taking part in sport and health and fitness activities
  • Kids Klub school holiday programme introduced for 5-12 year olds and expanded to new locations
  • The COSLA excellence award winning Saturday Sports Scene diversionary sports programme introduced and expanded to 5 main sites (Shotts Leisure Centre, Wishaw Sports Centre, Airdrie Leisure Centre, Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex and Tryst Sports Centre) providing a multi-sport, multi activity programme for 8-17 year olds free of charge from 6-10pm every Saturday night. Expanded to sixth venue  to provide golf at Lochview Family Golf Centre in January 2012. Programme provided in partnership with Sidekix, with around 1,500 local children attending each night. 37-50% reduction in anti-social behaviour in the communities where the project is provided.
  • 4 Friday Night Projects in place throughout North Lanarkshire (Keir Hardie Centre in Holytown, Birkenshaw Sports Centre in Tannochside, Kirkwood Sports Barn and Calder Community Centre in Coatbridge), similar to Sports Scene model and provided in partnership with Strathclyde Police and Community Learning & Development and funded by the Alcohol and Drugs Prevention Team.
  • Friday Night and Saturday Sports Scene both regarded as models of best practice by LA’s and Trusts north and south of the border for inclusion and diversion through sport.
  • Active Communities Projects bringing Gaelic Football and Rugby into schools in Coatbridge and Airdrie. Gaelic football also addressing sectarianism in sport.
  • Various inclusion projects for Carers, Social Work Client Groups, Homeless people, Alcohol and Drugs Team Client Groups, Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme
  • 11 Community Run, Jump and Throw Clubs introduced throughout North Lanarkshire with a pathway into the local athletics clubs
  • Joint school learn to swim and dryside activity programme introduced with all North Lanarkshire Primary schools enrolled
  • Les Mills and FIA group fitness accredited programmes introduced
  • Over 500 group fitness classes per week throughout North Lanarkshire
  • Over 5,000 people per week taking part in NLL learn to swim programmes. All 120 NLC Primary Schools taking part in the schools learn to swim programme and Special Educational Needs Schools involved. NLL/NLC have introduced the innovative gym and swim programme where schools get 12 weeks of 45mins swim and 45mins dryside activities in the sports centres, bringing two classes at once who swap from dry to wet to make more efficient use of transport.
  • Successful jogscotland classes operating throughout North Lanarkshire
  • 7 NLL soccer schools successfully introduced throughout North Lanarkshire
  • Successful gymnastics, football, rugby, golf, canoeing, handball, badminton, Gaelic,  football, tennis, dance and athletics sports development programmes
  • S4-S6 Study Leave Initiative introduced providing free access to NLL sports facilities during secondary school pupils stressful exam and study leave period
  • Active Age, Get Active GP Referral, Well Connected – mental illness referral programme, Slimming NL  and Specialist Health Programmes and Body Check Sport and Health Promotions Bus
  • Cash back (proceeds of crime) funding received for athletics, badminton, rugby and tennis
  • Various Awards for All and Post Code lottery funds received for various sports projects throughout North Lanarkshire
Marketing, branding and promotions
  • NLL Brand and 10 sub brands created (Access, Kids, Health, Fitness, Swim, Sport, Golf, Athletics, Café and Events)
  • High impact location, direction and way marking signage and sport hall signage introduced
  • New Marketing & Communication Team appointed in 2015
  • Onelan TV digital signage systems introduced to the larger centres in North Lanarkshire
  • NLL’s website introduced also social networking media platforms including  NLL Facebook and  NLL Twitter,  NLLs’ You Tube Channel and NLL’s Flickr Channel to allow frequent communication with customers
  • 360° virtual facility tours introduced to NLL’s website
  • Free Wi-Fi introduced at the main NLL venues



(Typical Year)

  • 13th May 2015 North Lanarkshire Primary Schools Dance Final
  • The 33rd Clubsportnl Monklands Half Marathon, 5K and 1K races and 400m Dash  – Sunday 17th May 2015
  • NLL will assist by organising the primary schools athletics programme  in the 66th  Annual Shotts Highland Games on 6th June 2015
  • 11 Festivals of Fun taking  free sports outreach into local communities throughout North Lanarkshire during the spring break and summer holiday periods
  • NLL’s UK Athletics: Star:track summer athletics programme took place at Wishaw Sports Centre on 7th and 8th July and at Coatbridge Outdoor Track on the 13th and 14th July
  • Participation in the International Children’s Games
    • 2008 San Francisco – Team Lanarkshire – 42nd ICG – 10th to 15th July 2008
    • 2009 Athens – Team Lanarkshire – 43rd ICG – 23rd to 28th June 2009
    • 2010 Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain – Team Lanarkshire – 44th ICG – 30th June - ?? July 2010
    • 2011 Lanarkshire, Scotland – Team Lanarkshire – 45th ICG – 3rd to 8th August 2011
    • 2012 Daegu, South Korea – Team Lanarkshire – 46th ICG – 12th – 17th July 2012
    • 2013 Windsor, Canada – Team North Lanarkshire – 47th ICG – 14th to 19th August 2013
    • 2014 Lake Macquarie, Australia – Team North Lanarkshire – 48th ICG – 6th to 11th December 2014
    • 2015 Alkmaar, Netherlands – Team North Lanarkshire – 49th ICG – 24th to 29th June 2015
    • 2016 New Taipei City, New Taipei, China – Team North Lanarkshire – 50th ICG - 11th to  15th July 2016
  • Wishaw Games, Scotland’s largest pan-disability multi-sports event at Wishaw Sports Centre on Saturday and Sunday the 8th & 9th August 2015 in partnership with the Wishaw Games Trust and Rotary International
  • Annual Suicide Prevention Football Tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Wednesday 9th September 2015
  • Annual Cumbernauld 10K, 3K & 1K on Sunday 20th September 2015at Broadwood Stadium
  • Annual National Cross Country Relay Championships in partnership with Scottish Athletics and Learning & Leisure Services on Saturday 22nd October 2015  (Provisional Date TBC) at Cumbernauld House Park
  • Annual North Lanarkshire Schools Swimming Championships held at the Tryst Sports Centre on Wednesday 4th November 2015
  • jogscotland and NLL annual ‘Christmas Cracker’ 5K fun run held at Strathclyde Country Park on Sunday, 6th December 2015 (Provisional Date TBC)
  • Please note that NLL’s venues play host to thousands of events each year which it is not possible to include and keep this document as concise as possible. The above events are either directly delivered or delivered  in partnership.

Notable Events


(not including annual recurring events mentioned above)

  • NLL in partnership with Zumba Scotland succeeded in breaking the previous Guinness world record for the largest Zumba class ever held with 836 people taking part in the class at Ravenscraig on the 3rd October 2010.
  • In partnership with South Lanarkshire Leisure, the Council and Dynamic Gymnastics Club, NLL has secured the National Danish Performance Team (NDPT) to provide a performance of their acclaimed Gymnastics World Tour at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Saturday 19th March 2011 at 6pm.
  • clubsportnl Sports Summit was held at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on the 21st and 22nd January 2012.
  • Wishaw Sports Centre hosted the Scottish Inter-regional Championships and Stewarts Golden League series athletics event on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August 2011.
  • Womens Scotland v France U15's tournament at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 14th September 2011
  • In partnership with Scottish Volley NLL hosted the CEV European 'Small Countries' week long U19's volleyball international at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility from 2nd-7th April 2012 involving Scotland, Cyprus, Ireland, Luxembourg, Northern Ireland and San Marino
  • Games Legacy for Scotland Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Legacy and Related Events
    • NLL managed the 'Get Involved in the Games' event at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on the 14th October 2010 with over 5,000 people attending as part of the Active Nation Games Legacy for Scotland series of Events. This event marked the handover of the flag from Delhi to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Organising Team
    • The BIG BASH, Games Legacy for Scotland event at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on 1st October 2011 funded by Event Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy.  Around 1,400 young people from Saturday Sports Scene's from all around North Lanarkshire took part in the event.
    • Shona Robison, Minister for the Commonwealth Games and Sports, launched the 2012 Games for Scotland Legacy Programme at Broadwood Stadium Kids Klub on the 26th July 2012.
    • NLL managed  'The Games' event at Broadwood Stadium on 21st October 2012. More than 3,000 people attended the event providing the ideal platform to inspire, motivate, engage and engender pride in the people of the area to celebrate Glasgow and Scotland hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
    • The Commonwealth Countdown on 7th August 2014 held at the Time Capsule, Coatbridge Outdoor Sports Centre, St. Ambrose High School, Lochview Family Golf Centre and Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life The event was a huge success, attracting over 8,000 participants who gained free entry to the facilities and sports programmes providing come and try, demonstration or competitive sessions in  as many as the 17 Commonwealth Games sports as possible.
    • Commonwealth Celebration of Older Adults 2014 event held at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Centre on 20th June 2014
    • The Queens Baton Relay passed though North Lanarkshire on Monday 23rd June 2014, with around 1,000 P5-P7 pupils getting a chance to participate in a range of Commonwealth Sports and enjoying demonstrations from one of the Team Scotland gymnasts and the Scotland Rugby 7’s Commonwealth Games team, together with welcoming the Queens Baton at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
    • Ravenscraig RSF was a pre and during the games training camp for power-lifting, judo, wrestling and potentially artistic gymnastics for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games during July and early August 2014.
    • Sports and cultural activities for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games Triathlon on Thursday 24th July for the individual mens and womens triathlon and Saturday 26th July 2014 for the team relay triathlon and also for the cycling road race time trial on Thursday 31st July 2014 at Chryston High School, Stepps Primary School and the Pivot Community Education Centre.
  • 1,500 pupils attended the schools multi-sports access eventon the 16th, 17th, 23rd and 24th February 2012 at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility.
  • The Time Capsule hosted the World Waterparks Association international conference and symposium in February 2012.
  • An international Handball Competition between Great Britain and Italy took place at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Faciliity on Thursday 4th April 2013
  • Ravenscraig hosted the 'Handbags and Gymbags' womens day of fun, fitness, leisure and pleasure on Saturday 2nd March 2013, culminating in the participants breaking the 'Guinness World Record' for the largest powerhoop class ever held.
  • It is estimated that around 20,000 people attended the NHS 60th Celebration Anniversary Event on 1st June 2013 at Strathclyde Country Park, managed by NLL which what was a fantastic community event.
  • Broadwood Stadium hosted what was Scotlands' first stadium 3G rugby match, when Cumbernauld Rugby played Bron (Cumbernauld's Frech Twin Town) on the 30th March 2013 (Easter Sunday), whith Cumbernauld being narrowly beaten 29-21 by EMS Bron.
  • RBS Rugby Club Finals Day on Saturday 19th April 2014 at Broadwood Stadium
  • Rugby League 2014 Commonwealth Championships held at Broadwood Stadium on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th June 2014 featuring England, Wales, Scotland, Canada, South Africa, Jamaica, Australia and PNG
  • The British BMX Series Rounds 5 & 6 at Broadwood Stadium on Saturday and Sunday 23rd & 24th May 2015
  • Web bookings introduced for Group Fitness Class programme
  • Major success of Access NL corporate memberships
  • Major success of Kids NL Access memberships, membership has been maintained at £5 per month (price held for last 4 years by Board of Directors)  for unlimited access to gyms, swims and Kids NL programme to encourage childrens and families participation. Also capped so that people will three or more children only pay for 3 children. Has grown from a few hundred to 4,549 members in 2011-12.
  • New washroom services supplier introduced
  • NLL provides free access to our facilities for talented athletes and their coaches who compete at national level to assist them in their chosen sport and with access to gyms and other services for health and conditioning
  • NLL operate the Passport to Leisure Scheme which provides concessionary access discounts to a wide range of disadvantage groups (pensioners, unemployed, disabled those on income support etc) to a wide range of NLL services; including the Access NL membership scheme, with 7,509 PTL members in 2011-12.
Partnerships/Voluntary Sector for Sport
  • clubsportnl formed to meet the needs of voluntary sport in North Lanarkshire using the strapline ‘One club; All Sports’. This merges the 3 former sports councils and NL Sports Council Executive into one body. Dedicated website produced
  • NLL and clubsportnl voluntary sector ‘Sports Summit’ Saturday 21st January 2011 at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • North Lanarkshire Golf Development Group (NLGDG) one of the most successful development groups in the UK
  • NLL’s Chief Executive voted to represent the interests of SPORTA (the Sport and Recreation Trusts Association) on the FIA Board(Fitness Industry Association), and ACES (European Capitals of Sport Association)
  • Extensive Partnerships with NHS Lanarkshire (Healthy Eating initiative, Get Active GP Referral)
  • Partnership with Scottish Rugby Union to co-fund rugby Development Officers Post
  • Partnership with Scottish Handball to co-fund part-time Handball Development Officers Post
  • Partnership with Motherwell and Cumbernauld College’s who operate their sports curriculum out of Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility and Broadwood Stadium respectively, exposing young sports students to the operational requirements of the sports, leisure and health industry that they are training to become part of.
  • Over £500k NHS funding received for various sports projects, well connected, health improvement and cancer prevention programmes, based on NLL’s proven ability to deliver quality local services
  • Quest (UK Quality Scheme for Sport and Leisure) obtained External Accreditation for Sports Development (81%), John Smith Pool (72%), Airdrie Leisure Centre (73%), Sir Matt Busby Sport Complex (76%), Aquatec (72%), Tryst Sports Centre (73%), Wishaw Sports Centre (76%), Shotts Leisure Centre (69%), Kilsyth Swimming Pool (69%) and the Time Capsule (79%).
  • New ‘in-house’ service improvement introduced focussing on ‘front of house’ services and the ‘customer journey’
  • New ‘Mystery Visitor’ mystery shopping programme introduced using Access NL customers
Health & Safety
  • Independently assessed Leisure Safe (UK Health & Safety Scheme for Sport and Leisure) obtained for Airdrie Leisure Centre (85%), Keir Hardie Centre (89%), Wishaw Sports Centre (83%), Sir Matt Busby Sports Complex (89%), Tryst Sports Centre (89%), John Smith Pool (91%) – highest score in the UK, Aquatec Leisure Centre (86%), Kilsyth Swimming Pool (89%), Shotts Leisure Centre (85%), Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre (85%), Broadwood Stadium (77%), Time Capsule (86%), Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility (85%)
  • Health & Safety Committee in place
  • Director appointed with specific responsibility for Health & Safety
  • John Smith Pool, the Aquatec and the Time Capsule received 100% score for the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS); Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL) Approved Training Centre (ATC) accreditation and status.
  • External Auditors Appointed
  • External Solicitors Appointed
  • Audit and Governance Panel appointed and in situ
  • Comprehensive Performance Monitoring Framework in place  (identified as best practice by Audit Scotland) with regular reporting to NLL’s Board of Directors and NLC’s Learning & Leisure Services Committee, with reports being made publically available via the Councils MARS system via their website
  • New service standards and a wide range of policies and procedures introduced
  • 3 year business plan, 10 year financial plan and single outcome agreement with NLC (adhering to local and national strategies for sport and physical activity)
Future Plans/Issues

Short Term

  • Opening of SRU Academy West
  • Completion of Broadwood Tennis Courts and Cover
  • Broadwood Fitness Suite Refurbishment
  • First national BMX competition state in Scotland
  • ASN National Finals
  • Ravenscraig Fitness suite refurbishment
  • Ravenscraig Fitness suite refurbishment
  • Bothwellhaugh Pitches Development
  • North Lanarkshire will host the 2017 Westfield Health British Transplant Games and it is expected to attract more than 750 transplant athletes and more than 1,500 supporters to the area in August 2017.
  • Replacement of 3G pitch surface at Wishaw Sports Centre programmed to commence on 1st June 2015
  • 2x new pitches being installed at Wishaw Sports Centre 1x hybrid pitch (20% synthetic/80% natural grass will accommodate 15-20 games per week as opposed to 2 or 3) and 1 retained for 3G and new carpet being replaced on existing 3G
  • Installation of the Time Capsules’ new Combined Heat and Power Unit

Long-Term (Aspirational)

  • Need to provide more indoor football and tennis facilities in North Lanarkshire where demand exists
  • Need to provide a high spec training and competition swimming pools at Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • Dedicated gymnastics hall for Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility (to accommodate Dynamic Gymnastics Club and other activities)
  • Soft play facilities for a number of sites plus specifically Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility
  • Decommission stand-alone swimming pools and incorporate swimming pools with multi-sport, multi-activity hub sites such i.e. John Smith Pool to Airdrie Leisure Centre, locate sports hall at Kilsyth Swimming Pool or decommission Kilsyth and locate pool at Broadwood Stadium
  • Examine and develop new funding and income streams