David Lloyd Clubs, Europe’s largest health, fitness and wellness group, has been named in the top 10 of The Sunday Times’ Best Very Large Places to Work in the UK in 2023.


The Sunday Times Best Places to Work, partnering with employee-experience platform WorkL, surveyed over 5000 of David Lloyd Clubs’ UK team with 35 questions to find out how valued and engaged they feel to be part of the David Lloyd Clubs.   The independent and anonymous survey asked for views and opinions about management, working environment and culture.

The accreditation comes on the back of a David Lloyd Clubs’ post-pandemic boost in membership, seeing a 27% bounce from February 2021 as the nation emerged from lockdown, to the end of 2022.

David Lloyd Clubs, which has 131 clubs and employs a team of around 10,000, continues with its ambitious Club growth plans. In 2022 it opened new build Clubs Cricklewood and Bicester, and acquired three Clubs in Spain from Accura in Barcelona, Málaga and Zaragoza as well as La Finca and Serrano in Madrid. Earlier this year, it acquired Wickwoods Country Club near Brighton.   Later this year it will open new-build Clubs in Shawfair, Edinburgh and Rugby, as well as a third Club in Belgium at Strerrabeek, near Brussels.

David Lloyd Clubs is committed to being as sustainable as possible, pledging to become carbon net zero by 2030, 20 years earlier than the current UK target. It has invested £20million on energy efficient technology, with 100% of its UK electricity coming from renewable sources and is the first health and fitness Club in the UK to gain a water self-supply license.


David Lloyd Clubs is also one of the founding supporters of Change Please since 2020 and its biggest corporate partner. Every cup of Change Please award-winning coffee sold contributes towards helping people experiencing homelessness and offers them a living wage job, housing, training, and onward employment opportunities.


The money raised at David Lloyd Clubs has helped 190 people access training programs lasting three to six months to help trainees build the skills and confidence to move into employment.  The group has gifted Change Please two mobile coffee vans which have been used to sell coffee at cultural events across the UK.


As well as larger national organisations, David Lloyd Clubs supports local groups and charities in the communities in which it operates. Last year for example, David Lloyd Clubs Newbury raised £35,000 for New Life special care babies units charity with a 24 hour sportathon.


Russell Barnes, David Lloyd Clubs CEO commented; “I’m very proud that we have ranked in the top 10 of the very large organisations in The Sunday Times’ Best Places to Work list.


“We are fully committed to delivering exceptional member experience as well as developing a sense of community for our members and team alike. We have heavily invested in our people as we know that they are critical to delivering that premium experience, and I’m delighted that they are genuinely passionate about what they do and really enjoy their time at work.”


“The last three years has seen turbulent times for many businesses, but thanks to the hard work and commitment of our teams, we are fortunate to have emerged from it stronger than ever.”



About David Lloyd Leisure Group 

David Lloyd Leisure helps members to live life better with a focus on physical and mental well-being and a sense of belonging. We are Europe’s largest health and fitness group operating 131 clubs - 102 clubs in the UK and a further 29 clubs across mainland Europe, comprising three brands David Lloyd Clubs, Harbour Clubs and David Lloyd Meridian Spa and Fitness in Germany.


We continually innovate to offer the best products and services for families and individuals in welcoming surroundings including state-of-the-art gyms, heated indoor and outdoor pools, top-class racquet facilities, well-equipped group exercise studios, luxurious spas, kids club facilities and crèches. Our Clubrooms offer a place to spend time with friends and family or enjoy a bite to eat, our clubs also feature large and inviting spaces to work, relax and socialise. 


It has 730,000+ members and over 10,000 team members with an expert health and fitness team of over 2000 and more than 680 tennis professionals work with us. David Lloyd Clubs’ racquet facilities are unparalleled with over 1080 tennis courts as well as over 400 badminton and squash courts.

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