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25 Sep 2020
Activity sector unites to push back over Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan
Activity sector unites to push back over Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan   Chancellor Rishi Sunak's proposals to support the economy through the next six months of the pandemic "are not enough" to secure the future of the physical activity sector. Sunak's Winter Economy Plan – revealed in parliament yesterday (24 September) – will, among other measures, replace the current furlough .... More>>
24 Sep 2020
Good news – gyms and group exercise classes not affected by new 'Rule of Six'
Good news – gyms and group exercise classes not affected by new 'Rule of Six'   The UK government's 'Rule of Six' has come into force in physical activity facilities today (24 September). The good news is that gym and pool activities, including group exercises classes, are exempt from the Rule of Six, so long as COVID-19 protocols are followed. This ruling also applies to aqua aerobics .... More>>
23 Sep 2020
Bear Grylls leads activities on another successful National Fitness Day
Bear Grylls leads activities on another successful National Fitness Day   The UK's physical activity sector has come together to get millions of people active during National Fitness Day 2020. Gyms, leisure facilities and activity providers have hosted thousands of free events, helping to make it the most physically active day of the year. Schools took part in a syncronised 10 .... More>>
21 Sep 2020
Letter to Boris: give us a central role in COVID-19 recovery, says activity sector
Letter to Boris: give us a central role in COVID-19 recovery, says activity sector   More than 100 sport and physical activity bodies have sent a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, urging him to give the sector a central role in the nation’s COVID-19 recovery plans. The coalition requests an urgent support package from the government – similar to the one provided to the arts and .... More>>
21 Sep 2020
People believe exercising is the best way to support the NHS
People believe exercising is the best way to support the NHS   Exercise has been voted the number one way the public can help the NHS – ahead of paying taxes and cutting down on smoking and drinking. A study of 2,123 UK adults by Savanta ComRes found people believe being physically active to improve their health will support the NHS and reduce pressure on its services. .... More>>
18 Sep 2020
Gyms could get payouts on business interruption insurance following high court ruling
Gyms could get payouts on business interruption insurance following high court ruling   Hundreds of thousands of small companies in the UK – including those operating in fitness and leisure – are set to receive payouts on interruption insurance policies, following a high court judgment in a test case brought by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). The case examined the policy wording of eight .... More>>
18 Sep 2020
Government's extension of commercial rent protections a 'lifeline' for gyms
Government's extension of commercial rent protections a 'lifeline' for gyms   The government has further extended protection from rent enforcement activity until the end of the year. The measure, in force for England and Wales, provides relief for gyms and leisure centres and had been set to expire at the end of September. According to industry body, ukactive, many of its members were .... More>>
15 Sep 2020
This Girl Can returns with campaign focusing on challenges of the pandemic
This Girl Can returns with campaign focusing on challenges of the pandemic   Sport England has launched the latest edition of the popular This Girl Can campaign, celebrating the inventive ways women have been staying active during the pandemic. The refreshed advertising features women from the original ‘Me Again’ campaign (launched earlier in 2020), showing them fitting activity into .... More>>
10 Sep 2020
Government confirms: fitness, sport and swimming 'not affected' by new Rule of Six restrictions
Government confirms: fitness, sport and swimming 'not affected' by new Rule of Six restrictions   Organised fitness, sports and other leisure activities (including swimming) can continue despite the introduction of the new "Rule of Six" on 14 September – providing that the activities have been through COVID-19-secure protocols. It means that people can continue to use leisure facilities, such as health clubs, .... More>>
09 Sep 2020
£1.5m of free training will retool the physical activity workforce
£1.5m of free training will retool the physical activity workforce   A new training initiative is aiming to 'retool the physical activity workforce' to help businesses recover after lockdown. Funded by Sport England, the £1.5m ReTrain scheme has been set up to support employers by providing free training for staff, enabling them to work in new roles. Delivered in phases, the .... More>>
09 Sep 2020
Every £1 spent on physical activity generates around £4 for the economy
Every £1 spent on physical activity generates around £4 for the economy   Every £1 spent on community sport and physical activity in England generates £3.91 in return for the economy and society. A wide-ranging study by the Sport Industry Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University shows how investment in exercise creates a return across health and social care – and also helps .... More>>
27 Aug 2020
Public leisure sector facing catastrophic job losses without government bail-out
Public leisure sector facing catastrophic job losses without government bail-out   Over 22,000 jobs are at risk across the UK's public leisure sector, out of a total of 46,000, according to a new report, out today, from industry body Community Leisure UK (CLUK). Currently 26 per cent of the contracted workforce – 6,975 jobs – and 50 per cent of the casual workforce – 9,218 jobs – are at .... More>>
24 Aug 2020
Nearly a quarter of public pools are still closed, says Swim England
Nearly a quarter of public pools are still closed, says Swim England   Almost a quarter of public swimming pools across the country remain closed – nearly a month after they were given the green light to reopen. Research from Swim England shows that while 767 of the 1,002 publicly accessible pools have reopened in some form – or have published an imminent reopening date – 223 .... More>>
21 Aug 2020
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools in Scotland to reopen on 31 August
Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools in Scotland to reopen on 31 August   Health clubs, fitness studios, leisure centres and swimming pools will be able to reopen from 31 August. Speaking at her daily news conference today (20 August), First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was bringing forward the reopening of the facilities – which also include indoor sports courts – which were .... More>>
21 Aug 2020
High intensity exercise in early adolescence could lead to stronger bones in adulthood
High intensity exercise in early adolescence could lead to stronger bones in adulthood   HIIT exercise activity in early life could help improve bone health and prevent osteoporosis, according to new research. A study by University of Bristol in the UK analysed data from 2,569 participants in the Children of the 90s health study. The research team found that more time spent doing .... More>>
20 Aug 2020
Gym businesses await decision on business interruption insurance
Gym businesses await decision on business interruption insurance   Health and fitness and leisure businesses in the UK will find out in September if they can make a claim on their business interruption insurance for losses caused by the pandemic. The High Court recently completed a review and test trial of the policy wording of eight major insurers, to decide whether or not .... More>>
19 Aug 2020
Scotland publishes guidance for the reopening of gyms, sport and leisure facilities
Scotland publishes guidance for the reopening of gyms, sport and leisure facilities   The Scottish government has published its guidance for indoor sports venues and leisure facilities – ahead of a possible reopening date of 14 September. The guidance covers gyms, health clubs and the broader sport and leisure sector and "will be reviewed on a regular basis". According to the government, the .... More>>
18 Aug 2020
New report reveals 'large unmet demand' for cycling
New report reveals 'large unmet demand' for cycling   The transport sector is not doing enough to address the barriers that prevent people from cycling – with those from ethnic minority groups and the disabled particularly affected by a lack of opportunities. A new report by Sustrans and Arup, Cycling for Everyone, highlights inequalities within cycling .... More>>
18 Aug 2020
Study: fitness 'must be included' in future pandemic planning
Study: fitness 'must be included' in future pandemic planning   Ensuring physical activity levels do not fall significantly should be treated as a "public health priority" in response to any future pandemics – as well as during crisis planning for a possible second wave of a COVID-19. A new study, which shows a decrease in physical activity due to COVID-19, offers insight .... More>>
12 Aug 2020
Property Bounceback Grant 'would save 375,000 jobs' across physical activity, hospitality and retail sectors
Property Bounceback Grant 'would save 375,000 jobs' across physical activity, hospitality and retail sectors   A government investment of £1.75bn – to pay 50 per cent of rents across the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors for six months – would save 375,000 jobs and offer a return on investment of nearly £7bn. That is the claim made by five industry bodies – ukactive, UKHospitality, the British Property Federation .... More>>
12 Aug 2020
Birmingham 2022 'de-risks' Commonwealth Games – scraps plans for £520m athletes' village
Birmingham 2022 'de-risks' Commonwealth Games – scraps plans for £520m athletes' village   The organising committee of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have shelved plans to create an athletes' village in the Perry Barr area of the city. The £520m development would have provided a home for around 6,500 athletes and officials during the Games and was due for completion in early 2022. Post games, .... More>>
11 Aug 2020
Spanish gyms win legal fight to reopen after second lockdown
Spanish gyms win legal fight to reopen after second lockdown   Health clubs and gyms in Catalonia have reopened their doors once for a second time, following a successful legal battle against the local government. Gyms across Spain were initally given the go-ahead to open in early June, following the first COVID-19 lockdown – with each of the country's region implementing .... More>>
11 Aug 2020
Wales is back in business - gyms, pools and leisure centres reopen their doors
Wales is back in business - gyms, pools and leisure centres reopen their doors   Health clubs, gyms, indoor pools and leisure centres have reopened in Wales – nearly five months after being forced to close as part of the nationwide lockdown. The latest easing of regulations in Wales came into force today (10 August), one week after the country's pubs and restaurants were able to throw open .... More>>
11 Aug 2020
Wasps rugby club installs heat camera to ensure safe return to training
Wasps rugby club installs heat camera to ensure safe return to training   English Premiership rugby club Wasps has installed a heat camera at its Broadstreet training facility near Coventry, as part of efforts to help safeguard players, staff and visitors as they return to training during the COVID-19 pandemic. The camera is located at the main entrance to the training ground and will .... More>>
11 Aug 2020
Research: older men who play football regularly have cells up to 11 years younger than inactive peers
Research: older men who play football regularly have cells up to 11 years younger than inactive peers   Older men who have played football regularly throughout their lives have cells up to 11 years younger than their physically inactive peers. The figure comes from a study by a group of Danish researchers, which suggests that physical activity can keep biological ageing at bay. For the study, which is published .... More>>
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