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16 Apr 2021
Health clubs in Northern Ireland to open on 30 April, group exercise must wait until 24 May
Health clubs in Northern Ireland to open on 30 April, group exercise must wait until 24 May   Health clubs and gyms will be able to open their doors to individual training sessions on 30 April. As with other home nations, however, indoor group exercise will have to wait a bit longer – in Northern Ireland's case, until 24 May. Competitive outdoor sport, meanwhile, will return on 23 April. The .... More>>
14 Apr 2021
EuropeActive joins the ‘All Policies for a Healthy Europe’ Initiative
EuropeActive joins the ‘All Policies for a Healthy Europe’ Initiative   EuropeActive has joined the All Policies for a Healthy Europe (APHE) initiative, as part of its strategy to increasingly engage with EU health policymaking. Launched in 2018, APHE is an intersectoral initiative that brings together a diverse group of NGOs, think tanks, associations, companies, and individuals. .... More>>
14 Apr 2021
Lack of exercise is the strongest risk factor in death from COVID-19
Lack of exercise is the strongest risk factor in death from COVID-19
  Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, with only advanced age and organ transplant leading to greater risk. Lack of exercise creates greater levels of risk than smoking, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and cancer A large US study, .... More>>
13 Apr 2021
You can now enter the World Leisure Innovation Prize
You can now enter the World Leisure Innovation Prize   World Leisure Organization (WLO) has opened the entry process for its International Innovation Prize. Now in its ninth year, the award celebrates organisations that have implemented creative solutions which foster local, national or international leisure opportunities for the benefit and development of .... More>>
12 Apr 2021
Health clubs reopen in England as report shows 40,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented in the UK with greater health equality
Health clubs reopen in England as report shows 40,000 COVID-19 deaths could have been prevented in the UK with greater health equality   Health clubs, leisure centres and studios in England have opened today (12 April) for the first time during 2021. Some opened their doors to exercisers at midnight, celebrating the return of customers and members. It's the first time English health clubs have allowed to receive customers in 114 days and .... More>>
09 Apr 2021
Report on longevity calls for £3bn government investment to 'build back better health' in the UK
Report on longevity calls for £3bn government investment to 'build back better health' in the UK   A parliamentary report is calling for a £3bn intervention fund to build back better health as we come out of the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, called Levelling Up Health, has been produced by the All Party-Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Longevity and recommends a new approach to improve the nation’s .... More>>
09 Apr 2021
Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers says NICE
Prescribe exercise, not painkillers, to chronic pain sufferers says NICE   Adults suffering from chronic pain should be advised to take exercise, rather than be prescribed painkillers, according to new guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). In a groundbreaking move, NICE says that patients looking to manage their pain should be advised to engage in .... More>>
01 Apr 2021
Sport:80 launches new club management system for grassroots sport
Sport:80 launches new club management system for grassroots sport   Sport:80, a developer of cloud-based sport management software, has launched a club management system to help governing bodies and grassroots sports clubs engage their members. The solution includes a number of features designed to support clubs as they navigate a safe return to play. Grassroots organisations .... More>>
30 Mar 2021
Office for Health Promotion launched to improve UK's physical and mental health
Office for Health Promotion launched to improve UK's physical and mental health   The UK government has launched a new Office for Health Promotion, designed to lead efforts to improve the nation's physical and mental health. Tasked with promoting physical activity, tackling obesity and improving mental health, the new office is modelled on similar schemes around the world, such as Singapore’s .... More>>
24 Mar 2021
Sports minister 'understands sentiments' behind Work Out to Help Out
Sports minister 'understands sentiments' behind Work Out to Help Out   It is unlikely that the UK will see a Work Out to Help Out scheme being introduced, despite sports minister Nigel Huddleston saying he "understood" why so many people are backing one. The scheme – which would offer people subsidised access to health clubs and leisure centres – has widespread support across the .... More>>
23 Mar 2021
Leisure centres to share £100m government funding
Leisure centres to share £100m government funding   A total of £100m has been allocated to 266 local authorities across England, to support the recovery of publicly-owned leisure centres and health clubs. Facilities have received grants from the National Leisure Recovery Fund, launched in December 2020 to provide a funding platform for the public leisure sector to .... More>>
22 Mar 2021
FA Cup final among test events planned ahead of full reopening of major venues
FA Cup final among test events planned ahead of full reopening of major venues   The FA Cup final in May could be played in front of 20,000 football fans, as part of a programme of test events designed to pave the way for the return of crowds at major sports venues later this year. Taking place on 15 May, the flagship event is one of "around a dozen" of sports and cultural events earmarked .... More>>
22 Mar 2021
Parliament will debate Work Out to Help Out scheme
Parliament will debate Work Out to Help Out scheme   The UK parliament will today (22 March) debate the merits of a Work Out to Help Out scheme, designed to offer subsidised access to health clubs and leisure centres across the country. The debate – led by MP, Nick Fletcher – will take place at the House of Commons at around 6.15pm and can be viewed on the .... More>>
17 Mar 2021
UK government says it will not fund scheme to get people back to fitness
UK government says it will not fund scheme to get people back to fitness   The government has said it has no plans to fund a Work Out to Help Out scheme to encourage people back to exercise after lockdown, as part of a 'Bounce Back Fitter' initiative. Last year (2020), the government pumped £950m into an "Eat Out to Help Out" initiative, designed to help the hospitality sector get back .... More>>
12 Mar 2021
Welsh government considering splitting gyms into categories based on 'risk' and phasing reopening of larger and smaller sites
Welsh government considering splitting gyms into categories based on 'risk' and phasing reopening of larger and smaller sites   Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford, says the Welsh government is considering breaking the gym sector down into different categories, based on 'risk', and reopening some gyms and health clubs before others. "I've been reading evidence recently that says we shouldn't treat all gyms the same," he said. "Up until .... More>>
11 Mar 2021
Changes in consumer spending on online fitness 'here to stay', says McKinsey report
Changes in consumer spending on online fitness 'here to stay', says McKinsey report   A new report shows how the pandemic is shifting consumer behaviours in fitness, sport and physical activity – and how those changes are likely to be permanent when it comes to the consumption of goods and digital services. The Sporting Goods 2021 – The Next Normal for an Industry in Flux report, from .... More>>
10 Mar 2021
Elevate reveals September dates for event at London's ExCel
Elevate reveals September dates for event at London's ExCel   Organisers of the Elevate have confirmed that the event will be held at London’s ExCeL on 28 and 29 September 2021. Now in its fifth year, Elevate gathers professionals from the fitness, physical activity, therapy and elite performance sectors. Delegates include public and private sector decision makers, .... More>>
08 Mar 2021
Health clubs make case for 'essential service' status with COVID rehab programmes
Health clubs make case for 'essential service' status with COVID rehab programmes   As health clubs prepare for reopening, some are introducing programmes designed to help people recovering from the effects of COVID-19. In the latest issue of HCM magazine, industry organisations and operators involved with these initiatives explain their work in an extended feature, researched and .... More>>
05 Mar 2021
Could paying people to exercise drive down obesity levels?
Could paying people to exercise drive down obesity levels?   The UK government is exploring whether incentivising people financially to take part in physical activity could help drive down obesity levels. Sir Keith Mills, who founded the Air Miles and Nectar customer loyalty programmes, is advising the government on the feasibility of introducing a "cash for exercise" .... More>>
04 Mar 2021
Budget leaves fitness industry with unanswered questions, says Huw Edwards
Budget leaves fitness industry with unanswered questions, says Huw Edwards   The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing to continue to fight for additional support, says Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive. Edwards said the lack of targeted help would put the future of some fitness facilities and businesses "under threat". .... More>>
04 Mar 2021
Bjarke Ingels-designed Oakland baseball stadium a step closer
Bjarke Ingels-designed Oakland baseball stadium a step closer   A proposed Major League Baseball (MLB) stadium in Oakland, US – designed by Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) – is a step closer to reality following the publication of an environmental report by city authorities. The Oakland Ballpark Waterfront District Project will be anchored by a 35,000-capacity .... More>>
03 Mar 2021
Budget 2021: government earmarks £700m for sports and culture as part of recovery plans
Budget 2021: government earmarks £700m for sports and culture as part of recovery plans   Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as part of plans to help the UK economy recover from the effects of the pandemic. Announcing his Budget today (3 March), setting out the government's tax and spending plans for the year ahead, Sunak said sport will .... More>>
01 Mar 2021
3d Leisure mobilises staff to deliver virtual school PE sessions
3d Leisure mobilises staff to deliver virtual school PE sessions   3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help schools with their PE provision. As its fitness instructors, aren't able to work at 3d Leisure-managed facilities, the operator has mobilised them to help keep kids physically active, by delivering virtual group exercise classes in .... More>>
28 Feb 2021
400 gyms and leisure centres already lost, further 2,400 at risk without financial support
400 gyms and leisure centres already lost, further 2,400 at risk without financial support   Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands more are at risk unless they receive urgent, tailored, financial and regulatory support from the government. The warning comes from industry body, ukactive, ahead of chancellor Rishi Sunak announcing his budget on .... More>>
26 Feb 2021
Public Health England publishes advice on tackling inequalities in physical activity
Public Health England publishes advice on tackling inequalities in physical activity   A new guide looks to offer local level practitioners and commissioners – as well as those working in physical activity – help identify and break down barriers preventing people from taking part in exercise. Called Understanding and addressing inequalities in physical activity, the document presents the .... More>>
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