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30 Jul 2021
ukactive: government’s Disability Strategy "falls short"
ukactive: government’s Disability Strategy   Industry body ukactive has joined the chorus of organisations across a number of sectors calling the government's new National Disability Strategy a "missed opportunity". While campaigners and charities have welcomed some of the measures introduced in the £1.6bn strategy – such as plans to increase the number of .... More>>
23 Jul 2021
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off
Customised gyms are supporting Tokyo's Olympic athletes as the Games kicks off   The most high-risk and controversial Olympics of modern times begin today (23 July) in Tokyo, having been delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, around 85,000 people – from athletes and trainers to officials, dignitaries and media personnel – are expected to have arrived in the Japanese .... More>>
22 Jul 2021
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%
Revolutionary new Passivhaus leisure centre gets the go-ahead. Will reduce energy costs by 60%   Planning approval has been granted to what is set to become one of the first Passivhaus-certified leisure buildings in the world. The new Spelthorne Leisure Centre in Staines, Surrey – which will be owned by Spelthorne Borough Council – has been designed by GT3 Architects and Passivhaus specialists Gale and .... More>>
21 Jul 2021
Active-net goes pan-European with hybrid events
Active-net goes pan-European with hybrid events   Leisure-net has revealed plans to transform its active-net business event from an annual face-to-face gathering into a monthly hybrid event. With a different theme each month, the event will continue to focus on helping operators find innovative operational approaches, services and products. Mainly targeting .... More>>
20 Jul 2021
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space
New Youth Zone for Grimsby will have fitness club, boxing gym and health and wellbeing space   A fitness club with a boxing studio, dance and performing arts studio and a four-court sports hall are just a few of the facilities included in plans for the new Horizon Youth Zone in Grimsby. The 5,440sq m centre will also include a climbing wall, health and wellbeing room and an outdoor 3G pitch. The .... More>>
19 Jul 2021
KA Leisure appoints Malcolm McPhail as interim CEO
KA Leisure appoints Malcolm McPhail as interim CEO   KA Leisure has appointed industry veteran Malcolm McPhail as its interim chief executive. McPhail, who was group CEO at Stockport Sports Trust/Life Leisure until October 2020, will take up the role on a six-month contract. With more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, McPhail spent 14 years at Life .... More>>
16 Jul 2021
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays
ukactive and Nike partner to open UK school sports facilities during summer holidays   Vulnerable young people will be given opportunities to take part in sport and physical activity over the summer holidays by utilising school sports facilities that would usually be behind locked doors. The Open Doors programme will be run in partnership between industry body, ukactive, and sportswear giant Nike, .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Elevate moves to June 2022
Elevate moves to June 2022   Organisers of the Elevate event – scheduled to be held at London’s ExCeL on 28 and 29 September 2021 – have confirmed that the two-day show will now be held in June 2022. The decision was made partly due to the delay in the lifting of the final COVID-19 restrictions (or Step 4) in England, which had created .... More>>
14 Jul 2021
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations
Coalition of sports-focused NGOs call on global health protocols for venue operations   A number of leading sports NGOs have joined with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) to launch a campaign calling for independently-assessed health and safety practices at sports venues. Sport and Sustainability International (SandSI), Green Sports Alliance (GSA), Sports Environment Alliance (SEA), .... More>>
13 Jul 2021
Consultation on social prescribing to 'uncover physical activity sector’s full potential'
Consultation on social prescribing to 'uncover physical activity sector’s full potential'   A consultation on social prescribing and other similar health programmes will look to "uncover the physical activity sector's full potential" and define its role in the wider healthcare system, supporting the NHS. Led by industry body, ukactive, the process is being launched today (13 July) and will gauge the .... More>>
13 Jul 2021
30 minutes of daily exercise 'not enough' for those who spend days sitting down
30 minutes of daily exercise 'not enough' for those who spend days sitting down   A new study claims that being physically active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week, is not enough for those who spend the rest of their time sedentary. Research by Columbia University and an international team of researchers looked at data from six studies that included more than 130,000 adults in the UK, .... More>>
12 Jul 2021
Health clubs in England to operate without restrictions from 19 July
Health clubs in England to operate without restrictions from 19 July   Health clubs in England are preparing to return to operations without restrictions, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the country would move to Step 4 of the COVID-19 roadmap on 19 July. Health clubs, fitness studios and leisure centres will be able to operate without any limits to capacity within .... More>>
12 Jul 2021
UK Government scheme will reward people for exercising
UK Government scheme will reward people for exercising   The UK government has unveiled plans for a pilot scheme, aimed at using financial rewards and other incentives to encourage people to exercise more and eat more healthily. It has launched an open tender for the "Health Incentives" programme and the six-month pilot is expected to launch in January 2022. The .... More>>
08 Jul 2021
ukactive to 'reposition' public sector leisure in the UK
ukactive to 'reposition' public sector leisure in the UK   ukactive has set out its vision to develop a national strategy for the UK's public leisure sector and to define the sector's role in delivering physical activity to the nation. The vision is outlined in a paper – entitled The Decade of Change for Public Sector Leisure – and is based on a consultation with .... More>>
07 Jul 2021
LGA and ukactive call for fundamental reform of UK public leisure services
LGA and ukactive call for fundamental reform of UK public leisure services   There is a "clear case" to evolve the purpose and role played by the UK's public leisure facilities. In a joint statement issued this morning (7 July), ukactive and the Local Government Association (LGA), outline the need for both short-term and long-term actions, in order to secure the future of publicly owned .... More>>
06 Jul 2021
Magicline gym management software launches globally in English
Magicline gym management software launches globally in English   Magicline gym management software – the system used by RSG Group – has been launched globally in English by owner, The Sport Alliance Group. Originally founded in Germany, Sport Alliance announced its expansion into Spain in 2020, while operators in France and Italy have been using Magicline since May this year. .... More>>
02 Jul 2021
Places Leisure opens £22m Camberley leisure centre with extensive health and wellness facilities
Places Leisure opens £22m Camberley leisure centre with extensive health and wellness facilities   Places Leisure has opened the doors to its new £22m leisure centre in Camberley following an 18-month construction project. Facilities at the centre include a 160-station gym floor, a fully-immersive group cycling studio, three group exercise studios and a climate-controlled hot yoga studio. In addition to .... More>>
01 Jul 2021
Giovanni Simoni appointed MD for Technogym UK
Giovanni Simoni appointed MD for Technogym UK   Technogym has announced the appointment of Giovanni Simoni as its new UK managing director. He succeeds Steve Barton, who served as MD for the last five years. Simoni has been based in the UK for 18 years and has experience in strategic and market development roles for tech and digitally-orientated companies. .... More>>
30 Jun 2021
Chris Boardman appointed as Sport England chair
Chris Boardman appointed as Sport England chair   Former racing cyclist Chris Boardman has been appointed the new chair of grassroots body, Sport England. Boardman, who won an individual pursuit gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games will succeed the outgoing Nick Bitel in the role and will serve a four-year term, starting on 22 July. Boardman's .... More>>
29 Jun 2021
Operators should focus on 'ability rather than age' to get older people active
Operators should focus on 'ability rather than age' to get older people active   Health clubs, gyms and leisure centres should focus on ability, rather than age, when designing, marketing and delivering activities to those aged 55 and over. The insight comes from the Life In Our Years, a new report, carried out by the ukactive Research Institute in partnership with Egym, which is based .... More>>
28 Jun 2021
Kids' physical activity gets £320m funding
Kids' physical activity gets £320m funding   The UK government has confirmed that the PE and Sport Premium will continue to run during the academic year 2021-22, resulting in around £320m being invested in school-based physical activity. Designed to encourage children to play more sport and increase both their physical literacy and social skills, the .... More>>
19 Jun 2021
Plans revealed to build world's deepest pool, Blue Abyss, in the UK
Plans revealed to build world's deepest pool, Blue Abyss, in the UK   Plans have been revealed to build the world's deepest pool in Cornwall, UK, which would house facilities serving the spaceflight, sports science and healthcare communities. The £150m project would see an aquatic centre, housing a 164ft (50m) deep pool built at the Aerohub Enterprise Zone at Cornwall Airport. The .... More>>
17 Jun 2021
Strenuous exercise increases chance of developing motor neurone disease in some people
Strenuous exercise increases chance of developing motor neurone disease in some people   Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with certain genetic profiles. Over recent years, a number of high-profile professional athletes across the world have shared their experience of living with MND, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) .... More>>
16 Jun 2021
Ban on commercial evictions to be extended until 2022
Ban on commercial evictions to be extended until 2022   The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing the move today (15 June), chief secretary to the Treasury, Steve Barclay, also confirmed that the government will lay legislation confirming the terms of binding arbitration for landlords and tenants unable to reach .... More>>
15 Jun 2021
Health clubs and gyms need more support to survive delay to Step 4
Health clubs and gyms need more support to survive delay to Step 4   Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness facilities – if the government doesn't urgently provide additional financial support. Prime Minister Boris Johnson today (14 June) confirmed a four-week delay to Step 4 – the final easing of lockdown measures – .... More>>
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