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26 Jan 2021
Children and disadvantaged groups at the heart of Sport England's 10-year strategy
Children and disadvantaged groups at the heart of Sport England's 10-year strategy   Sport England has vowed to tackle inequality and create a nation of "more equal, inclusive and connected communities" through physical activity. Revealing its 10-year strategy today (26 January), the grassroots body wants to see a country where people live "happier, healthier and more fulfilled lives". Children .... More>>
25 Jan 2021
Sport Wales offers £2.5k grants to PTs, fitness instructors and coaches as part of £14m recovery package
Sport Wales offers £2.5k grants to PTs, fitness instructors and coaches as part of £14m recovery package   Fitness instructors, personal trainers, coaches and other self-employed physical activity workers in Wales are being given extra financial support through Sport Wales. The grassroots sports body has reopened its Sport Freelancer Fund, which will offer individuals grants of up to £2,500. The scheme will close .... More>>
20 Jan 2021
Sign the petition: Parliamentary Petition calls for gyms to reopen first after lockdown
Sign the petition: Parliamentary Petition calls for gyms to reopen first after lockdown   Sign the petition by clicking here. HCM editor, Liz Terry, has launched a Parliamentary Petition calling for gyms to be in the first wave of reopenings after the lockdown and for the government to fund a 'Work Out to Help Out' scheme. The petition, which has been accepted by the Parliamentary Petitions .... More>>
22 Jan 2021
689 weak policies by successive governments blamed for failure to tackle UK's obesity crisis.
689 weak policies by successive governments blamed for failure to tackle UK's obesity crisis.
  The failure to tackle the UK's obesity crisis is down to successive governments being guilty of weak policy design, lack of effectiveness and botched implementation. That is the message of a hard-hitting report – published this week – which studied 14 government obesity strategies published from 1992 to 2020, .... More>>
19 Jan 2021
Active-net 2021 to celebrate the unsung heroes of the fitness industry
Active-net 2021 to celebrate the unsung heroes of the fitness industry   Fitness, sport and leisure sector professionals who have continued to deliver services to their communities throughout the pandemic are to be celebrated at industry networking and educational event, active-net 2021. Delegates will hear from those working at the front end of service delivery in a keynote panel .... More>>
19 Jan 2021
Nationwide survey will benchmark the mental health of the physical activity workforce
Nationwide survey will benchmark the mental health of the physical activity workforce   A national survey has launched to chart the mental health of the fitness and physical activity workforce. Undertaken in partnership with CIMSPA, the survey will be open for anyone – employed or self-employed – working in fitness and physical activity. Designed and managed by Workplace Mental Wealth, the survey .... More>>
18 Jan 2021
Google's Fitbit acquisition demanded compromise over the use of personal health data
Google's Fitbit acquisition demanded compromise over the use of personal health data   Google has finally completed a US$2.1bn deal to acquire Fitbit, marking the tech giant's long-awaited entry to the wellness tech market. The deal was first announced in November 2019, but has taken more than a year to complete. The acquisition was only approved by the European Union after Google had agreed .... More>>
18 Jan 2021
Personal trainers on alert as police in England say restrictions on travelling to exercise should be written in law
Personal trainers on alert as police in England say restrictions on travelling to exercise should be written in law   One of England's highest ranking police officers has called on government ministers to clearly define the maximum distance people are allowed to travel to undertake their daily exercise, in a move that could impact the way personal trainers are operating under England's lockdown restrictions. Personal training is .... More>>
17 Jan 2021
New online fitness membership PRO+ by Virtuagym helps gyms generate revenue during lockdown
New online fitness membership PRO+ by Virtuagym helps gyms generate revenue during lockdown   Virtuagym, a leading provider of fitness technology for gyms and trainers, has announced the launch of PRO+, a new solution that enables operators to generate revenue while being closed and upon reopening, by offering members a turnkey digital membership experience through their club mobile app. PRO+ is composed .... More>>
14 Jan 2021
COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels
COVID-19: majority of children now fail to meet recommended exercise levels   Less than half (44.9 per cent) of children and young people in England met the recommended levels for exercise (60 minutes or more a day) during 2020. The devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on physical activity levels among children has been revealed in the latest Active Lives Children and Young People .... More>>
13 Jan 2021
70 per cent of UK adults 'want to get healthy' in 2021 – another reason for gyms to reopen
70 per cent of UK adults 'want to get healthy' in 2021 – another reason for gyms to reopen   An England-wide survey of over 5,000 adults found that 80 per cent of people aged over 18 have made the decision to change their lifestyle in 2021. Of those, 70 per cent want to become healthier and fitter due to the threats posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). Among the most popular changes that people want to make .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Fitness sector represented at Parliamentary Committee – calls for plan to deliver pandemic recovery
Fitness sector represented at Parliamentary Committee – calls for plan to deliver pandemic recovery   The government needs to provide the fitness and physical activity sector with a plan which will not only provide immediate, essential measures to secure its future, but will also help it to recover and grow. Appearing before the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee today (12 January), industry .... More>>
12 Jan 2021
Work starts on US$898m e-sports arena in Shanghai – the 'future gaming capital' of the world
Work starts on US$898m e-sports arena in Shanghai – the 'future gaming capital' of the world   Construction work has begun on the huge Shanghai International New Cultural and Creative esports Center. The 500,000sq m venue is estimated to cost around 5.8 billion yuan ($898.2m) and forms part of a larger, US$1.5bn project. Built by Chinese property company SuperGen Group – the parent company of Chinese .... More>>
07 Jan 2021
Gym lockdown costing NHS £31m a month
Gym lockdown costing NHS £31m a month   The closing of gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools under COVID-19 restrictions is costing the NHS £7.25m a week in lost social value. The figure has been calculated based on the loss of health interventions – physical and mental – normally offered by the sector. This includes the way the sector .... More>>
07 Jan 2021
UK gyms will lose around £400m a month during lockdown
UK gyms will lose around £400m a month during lockdown   The UK physical activity sector will lose around £400m a month during lockdown. The figure, from industry body ukactive, is based on lost membership fees and takes into account existing government support – such as furlough, business rate support and grants. According to ukactive, the figure is a conservative .... More>>
05 Jan 2021
UK gym industry calls for sector-specific government financial support
UK gym industry calls for sector-specific government financial support   ukactive has called on the UK government to draft a new National Physical Activity Plan and provide further sector-specific financial protection for operators in the activity sector, to support the industry through the UK's third lockdown. CEO, Huw Edwards, said: "The UK government must protect this sector with a .... More>>
28 Dec 2020
FIFA files criminal complaint over funding of €459m world football museum
FIFA files criminal complaint over funding of €459m world football museum   Football's world governing body FIFA has filed a criminal complaint over what it describes as "criminal mismanagement" of the World Football Museum project in Zurich. The project was first announced by disgraced former FIFA president Sepp Blatter in 2012 and the attraction opened its doors in February 2017 at .... More>>
21 Dec 2020
ukactive: gyms and leisure centres must be allowed to operate in tier 4
ukactive: gyms and leisure centres must be allowed to operate in tier 4   Forcing gyms, health clubs and leisure centres to stay shut in tier 4 areas is unthinkable, according to industry insiders – especially if the lifting of these measures will have to wait until people have been vaccinated. Health secretary Matt Hancock has suggested that tough new restrictions in tier 4 areas – .... More>>
19 Dec 2020
Gyms close in south-east England for an initial ten days as new 'tier 4' is created
Gyms close in south-east England for an initial ten days as new 'tier 4' is created   Gyms and leisure facilities in south-east England are to close from midnight tonight as part of new restrictions announced during an emergency press this evening by prime minister, Boris Johnson. The restrictions – similar in scope to the full national lockdown imposed in November – are reportedly due to the .... More>>
09 Dec 2020
House of Lords committee to scrutinise UK government's record on increasing participation in physical activity
House of Lords committee to scrutinise UK government's record on increasing participation in physical activity   The House of Lords' National Plan for Sport and Recreation committee has invited sporting organisations and members of the public in the UK, to provide their views on how to tackle the barriers which prevent people from taking part in sport and physical activity, as part of an inquiry into the government's .... More>>
09 Dec 2020
Fitness industry fights government's 'baffling' and discriminatory group exercise decision
Fitness industry fights government's 'baffling' and discriminatory group exercise decision   The fitness sector is mounting a challenge to overturn the government's decision to ban group exercise in tier 3 areas in England, calling the ruling "baffling" and one which "defies belief". While gyms, health clubs and leisure centres are allowed to remain open under all three tiers of the new COVID-19 alert .... More>>
08 Dec 2020
WHO: increasing exercise levels globally would prevent 5 million deaths and save US$68bn each year
WHO: increasing exercise levels globally would prevent 5 million deaths and save US$68bn each year   Increasing physical activity globally could prevent up to 5 million deaths each year, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO). WHO statistics show that one in four adults, and four out of five adolescents, do not get enough physical activity. The organisation estimates that, each year, physical .... More>>
07 Dec 2020
Promoting physical activity to be a key priority in EU's five-year strategy
Promoting physical activity to be a key priority in EU's five-year strategy   Promoting physical activity as a preventative healthcare measure has been listed as a key priority in the European Union's five-year strategy. The EU Work Plan for Sport (2021-2024), published this month, lists three priorities for the EU's work. One of these is "promotion of participation in .... More>>
02 Dec 2020
Members flock to gyms at midnight as the industry reopens
Members flock to gyms at midnight as the industry reopens   Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and fitness studios in England are back in business today as the one-month lockdown ends. Many gyms opened their doors at 00.01 this morning (2 December), with thousands of exercisers across the country rushing back to the gym floor as soon as they were allowed. Operators .... More>>
01 Dec 2020
COVID-19 impact report: gyms 'prioritised' in all three tiers due to fear of falling physical activity levels
COVID-19 impact report: gyms 'prioritised' in all three tiers due to fear of falling physical activity levels   The UK government has published its impact report for the three-tier COVID-19 alert system, which will be introduced in England tomorrow (2 December), when the one-month long national lockdown comes to an end. Called Analysis of the health, economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the approach to .... More>>
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