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We have reduced hours over the Easter period, please check below for a full list of our opening times:

EASTERCurrent Year
March 2017 to January 2018

Friday 14th April 2017

8 am to 6 pm

Saturday 15th April 2017

8 am to 6 pm

Sunday 16th April 2017

8 am to 1 pm

Monday 17th April 2017

8 am to 6 pm

EASTERCurrent Year
March 2017 to January 2018

Friday 14th April 2017

8.30 am to 6 pm

Saturday 15th April 2017

8.30 am to 10.30 pm

Sunday 16th April 2017

Closed

Monday 17th April 2017

8.30 am to 10.30 pm

Please choose from the options below to see our normal opening times:

GL1 Centre Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 06.30 - 22.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 21.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00 

Gym Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 06.30 - 21.30
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 20.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00
(last entry: 17.30)

Please note that the last entry to the gym is 30 minutes before closing.

Studio 2 Opening Times 

Monday - Thursday: 08.00 - 14.30 and 15.45 - 19.15
Friday: 08.00 - 14.30 and 15.45 - 18.00
Saturday - Sunday: 09.00 - 12.00

 

 

Spa Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 08.30 - 21.30
Saturday: 09.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 09.00 - 20.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00
Ladies only:
Tuesday: 08.30 - 12.30
Wednesday: 19.00 - 21.30

Please Note :

Last entry 30 minutes before closing for all sessions.

Oxstalls Centre Opening Times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 08.30 - 22.30
Tuesday: 07.30 - 22.30
Friday: 08.30 - 22.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 20.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 21.00
Bank holidays: Check website

 

Synthetic Pitches Floodlights Times

January 16.00
February 17.00
March 18.00
April 19.00
May 20.00
June, July and August 21.00
September 19.00
October 18.00
November and December 16.00

Please choose from the options below to see our normal opening times:

GL1 Centre Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 06.30 - 22.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 21.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00 

Gym Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 06.30 - 21.30
Saturday: 08.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 20.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00
(last entry: 17.30)

Please note that the last entry to the gym is 30 minutes before closing.

Studio 2 Opening Times 

Monday - Thursday: 08.00 - 14.30 and 15.45 - 19.15
Friday: 08.00 - 14.30 and 15.45 - 18.00
Saturday - Sunday: 09.00 - 12.00

 

 

Spa Opening Times

Monday - Friday: 08.30 - 21.30
Saturday: 09.00 - 18.00
Sunday: 09.00 - 20.00
Bank holidays: 08.00 - 18.00
Ladies only:
Tuesday: 08.30 - 12.30
Wednesday: 19.00 - 21.30

Please Note :

Last entry 30 minutes before closing for all sessions.

Oxstalls Centre Opening Times

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 08.30 - 22.30
Tuesday: 07.30 - 22.30
Friday: 08.30 - 22.00
Saturday: 08.00 - 20.00
Sunday: 08.00 - 21.00
Bank holidays: Check website

 

Synthetic Pitches Floodlights Times

January 16.00
February 17.00
March 18.00
April 19.00
May 20.00
June, July and August 21.00
September 19.00
October 18.00
November and December 16.00

Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is governed by a Board of up to eleven Trustees who give strategic guidance and support to the Trust’s Management Team, which is led by the Chief Executive.

The Trustees are all representatives of the local community and bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the organisation with representatives from health, education, business, community organisations, the voluntary sector and Gloucester City Council.


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Andrew Pain


Andrew lives in Gloucester and has been a trustee of Aspire since its founding.  He trained as a physicist at UEA and Liverpool University and worked in ICT for 25 years in both the private and public sectors, latterly for local government.  He took early retirement in 2006. Andrew has a first class degree and an MBA.

Andrew is a keen follower of football usually from an armchair but occasionally from the touchline on Sunday mornings in Plock Court.  He leant to play tennis at Oxstalls Sports Park and regularly plays there socially and competitively in the lower leagues.  He maintains his interest in scientific and technological developments following closely the discovery of the Higgs boson at CERN

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Kath Houson


Kath works full-time in public health, as well as being a mother and studying for a Graduate Diploma in Law. In a research capacity Kath has been involved in parent approach to child health and has also been the lead on medical research in both primary and secondary care to health to benefit people within the community.

She is also very active in the community having been involved in Bristol Cricket club and previously DJ for them during main events, planning events and employment issues. Kath is part of the Gloucestershire community radio where her role involves the spinning of the latest and old school tunes which is broadcast to the community.

Kath takes a personal interest in health and gym activity including yoga and generally keeping fit and healthy. She also enjoys cooking and baking.

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Liz Clegg


Liz has more than 20 years' experience of Human Resources and Organisational Development, having held strategic leadership roles in small, medium and large organisations. She is now a freelance Executive Coach and HR Consultant.

Outside of work she is an international triathlete and has represented Great Britain in the age group team 21 times at both World and European Championships, most recently at the Chicago 2015 World Championships. Liz uses GL1 most days.

Liz lives locally and tends an allotment at Estcourt Park. She has two children and four grandchildren.

Liz has been a trustee for over five years.

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Martyn White


Retired Director of a medium-sized locally-based caravan retailer.

Gloucester City Councillor from 1998-2011and from 2004-2011 Cabinet Member responsible for the City’s Heritage and Leisure portfolio, devolving management of Gloucester City Leisure Services to Aspire from the City Council in 2008.

I have a very strong interest in Gloucester’s history and Heritage and a member of the Gloucester Regeneration Advisory Board. I am a member of the Council of Management of Gloucester Civic Trust and Chairman of Gloucester Historic Buildings Ltd., a joint venture of Gloucester City Council and Gloucester Civic Trust.

Trustee of other charities including Gloucester Charities Trust, of which I am currently Chairman until January 2016, Gloucester Athletics Track Management Ltd, Llanthony Secunda Priory Trust. An active member of Gloucester Rotary Club, Chairman of its Trust Fund for Young People and lead organiser of the Club’s annual Tree of Light in conjunction with Gloucester City Council.

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Neil Cameron


Neil was appointed as a Trustee in 2016. He has extensive experience of sport as a participant, administrator and official. He served for 5 years as Secretary of Scotland’s National Governing Body (NGB) for badminton, and was a Council member of the International Badminton Federation (IBF) from 1983 to 1996, being a Vice President for his last 8 years. He refereed many top level international badminton events, including several World Championships and at two Olympic Games. He was IBF Chief Executive for 5 years from 1998 to 2003.

Neil was also chair of the British Orienteering NGB for 4 years, is a Trustee of another local Charity (Active Gloucestershire) and was its Chair for several years.

Having worked in the computer industry for 25 years in technical marketing and having held various management positions, Neil believes his analytic skills, management and sporting experience can assist Aspire to meet its objectives.

Neil is a keen sporting participant of orienteering, table tennis, road running and swimming.

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Neil Hampson


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The staff at Aspire underpin everything we do and aspire to achieve, they are our biggest asset.

With over 150 staff across all business areas and the entire team are all here to make your experience of Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust a great one.

The staff are led by a Management Team, details of whom are outlined below.

Bernie Jones

Chief Executive

As Chief Executive, Bernie provides strategic direction and leadership of the Charity and works closely with the Trustees and key partners to ensure Aspire’s charitable objectives are met.

Outside of work Bernie has run for his native Wales for more than 43 years and has been involved in both Commonwealth and Olympic Games

Jacquie Douglas

Director of Business and
Deputy Chief Executive

As Director of Business and Deputy Chief Executive, Jacquie provides strategic direction for service and facility development and supports the Chief Executive in attaining the Charity’s objectives.

Jacquie is an avid sports and music fan enjoying a range of community and national sporting and music events.

Matt Simmons

Centre Manager
at GL1 Leisure Centre

Matt is the Centre Manager at GL1. He oversees the operations of the Centre and ensures customers receive the best possible service whilst using our facilities.

Outside of work Matt enjoys spending time with his family, running and watching as many sporting events as possible.

Karl Allen

Centre Manager
at Oxstalls Sports Park

Karl is the Centre Manager at Oxstalls Sports park.  He has recently relocated to Gloucester from Hertfordshire after working for 11 years in the university sector.  Karl also works on partnerships and developments including the new sports project based at the Oxstalls campus in Gloucester.

Karl’s main focus out of work is his young family which indirectly means Karl has an interest in ballet, dance, singing and Little Mix.

Tom Gozna

Marketing Manager

Tom is the Marketing Manager for the Charity and is responsible for the delivery of our marketing and brand development across all our services. This means ensuring the Charity’s objectives and facilities are promoted to the community with a fully integrated approach reaching various demographic profiles.

Outside of work Tom loves spending time with young family, is still attempting to play football while his legs will let him and also plays golf when he can get away it.

Nick Richards

Sports Manager

As Sports Manager, Nick provides fun and competitive regular activities for ALL. Work closely with key partners, local clubs and organisations with the aim to develop opportunities for local families to lead a healthier lifestyle

Outside of work Nick has coached a group of boys to a National Final, tutored twelve pupils to a national leadership tournament and is a very keen golfer.

Jackie Porter

Sales and Marketing Supervisor

Jackie is responsible for the delivery of the front line customer services at Aspire and is passionate about ensuring the team provide high levels of customer service to all customers

Outside of work Jackie enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and watching Rugby.

Steve Wigg

Tennis Performance Officer
at Oxstalls Sports Park

Steve is an LTA licensed tennis coach and schools tutor. He is responsible for the tennis programme at Oxstalls Sports Park and is also the captain of the men’s A team.

Outside of work Steve still plays tennis and once managed to visit all 4 tennis grand slams in the same year. Steve was awarded the Gloucestershire coach of the year in 2013 and was the AEGON coach of the month for October 2013.

Helen Stevens

Tennis Development Officer
at Oxstalls Sports Park

Helen works with local community and educational establishments to engage people of all ages and abilities in tennis.

Outside of work Helen is a Gloucestershire Lawn Tennis Association councillor, on the Wimbledon and Junior committees and a tennis parent. Helen is also a qualified tennis referee. Helen reached a high level of competition within netball and now enjoys many family activities including cycling and camping.

Position Vacant

Training, Health and Safety Manager

 

Helen Chidgey

Group Health and Fitness Manager

Helen is responsible for health and wellbeing programmes along with new initiatives and is passionate about helping to change peoples' lives. Helen has experienced a long and extensive career in the fitness industry and is committed to finding ways to inspire, motivate and activate all groups and communities in the area.

Nikki Williams

Aquatics Development Manager

Nikki Williams is the aquatics development manager here at Aspire. If your activity involves you getting into one of our pools - that’s Nikki!

In her spare time Nikki play's water polo and dabbles in open water swimming.

Jennifer Hartell

Personal Assistant
to Chief Executive and Directorate

As a Personal Assistant Jenny provides support to the Charity’s Trustees, Executive, Senior Management Team and HR.

Jenny’s is also a keen archer and enjoys long walks in the countryside.

Jane Hodgson-Lewis

HR Manager

As HR Manager for Aspire, Jane is responsible for strategic and operational HR and Training, working with Managers and employees in achieving the Charities mission and values.

Outside of work Jane enjoys time with her family and friends, and is a keen Gloucester Rugby supporter.

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Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust was established in 2008 to provide sport, leisure and cultural opportunities in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas.


Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is a ‘Company Limited by Guarantee’, not having any share capital. A ‘not for profit’ organisation and registered charity, our aim is to provide a best value service in all areas in which we operate, by investing every penny surplus we make back into our local community.

Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is governed by a Board of up to eleven Trustees/directors, who give strategic guidance and support to the Trust’s Management Team, which is led by the Chief Executive. All of the Trustees are volunteers and receive no payment for their role.


Like all companies, Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is governed through its Memorandum and Articles of Association which details the Charity’s purpose as well as mission and aims.

We passionately believe in the positive impact sport, physical activity and culture can have on individuals’ and communities’ physical, mental and health and well-being, and we want to inspire people to be more active.


Our Purpose

A local Charity that provides an ‘Active Life’ for all the family


Our Mission

Aspire to do more


Aims
  • To be a sustainable Charity
  • Develop and grow the Charity
  • Increase and widen participation
  • To be an employer and partner of choice

Our Values

Trusting  •  Respectful  •  Responsible  •  Professional  •  Honest


Aspire Sports and Cultural Trust is a totally independent organisation and whilst it currently receives a grant from Gloucester City Council. The majority of income the Charity generates comes from customers who use our facilities or attend our activities.

As indicated above, as a registered charity every penny surplus generated is being re-invested back into improving the leisure offer to the people of Gloucestershire.

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Work with a purpose!


Do you want to work in an organisation where:

• You are trusted to do a great job
• You are respected for your contribution
• Everyone takes responsibility for the success of the organisation
• You are dealt with professionally and with dignity
• You can be honest and develop your skills, abilities and experiences

If so, please see details below of our current vacancies.

Work Experience

We are always happy to welcome work experience students.

Should you be interested in spending your work experience placement at Aspire Trust please contact Jenny Hartell on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01452 396 601

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Developing our employees in order that they can be the best that they can be is essential to us.

Aspires employees are its’ most valuable asset, and investing in their development, ensuring that they are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to carry out their roles to the best of their ability, and to progress in the Charity is essential to support in the achievement of our mission and our employees ambitions.


We also run a number of training courses that members of the public and other organisations can benefit from such as first aid training, lifeguard and lifesaving training and swim teacher qualifications.

If you are interested in any of these courses, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.