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09 Jul 2020
COVID-19 stimulus package – VAT cut for hospitality, companies to get apprenticeship funding
COVID-19 stimulus package – VAT cut for hospitality, companies to get apprenticeship funding   The hospitality and attractions sectors will benefit from a temporary cut to VAT as part of stimulus measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak. Revealing the details of his "COVID-19 mini-budget" at the House of Commons today, Sunak said the VAT rate on eating out, accommodation and visitor attractions would .... More>>
09 Jul 2020
BREAKING: Gyms can reopen on Saturday 25 July
BREAKING: Gyms can reopen on Saturday 25 July   The UK's fitness industry can finally get back to business on Saturday 25 July, following the government's announcement today (9 July) that gyms and leisure centres can reopen their doors to the public. Culture minister, Oliver Dowden, made the announcement at the government's 5.00pm press conference. Dowden .... More>>
08 Jul 2020
Free COVID-safe training offered for all via CIMPSPA's new ReActivate platform
Free COVID-safe training offered for all via CIMPSPA's new ReActivate platform   A free-to-access training platform has launched to help the sport and fitness workforce confidently return to work, as lockdown measures are eased. The £250,000 ReActivate initiative has been funded by Sport England, commissioned by CIMSPA and delivered by a consortium of online training partners, led by .... More>>
07 Jul 2020
Glasgow Life announces opening dates for its gyms
Glasgow Life announces opening dates for its gyms   Glasgow Life, which runs leisure and culture facilities on behalf of Glasgow City Council, has said that it will begin opening its gyms and fitness facilities from 17 August. The operator said the first site to open will be its Glasgow Club Scotstoun, where the gym, fitness studios and outdoor pitches will be .... More>>
06 Jul 2020
Government agrees £320m PE and school sport funding after high-profile campaign by activists
Government agrees £320m PE and school sport funding after high-profile campaign by activists   The government has confirmed that the £320m Physical Education and Sport Premium will be made available for the next school year (2020-21), starting this September. The Premium provides a ring-fenced, top-up to school funding to ensure every primary school-age child gets at least 60 minutes of physical activity .... More>>
03 Jul 2020
Breaking: gyms could reopen ‘in a couple of weeks’, says Boris Johnson
Breaking: gyms could reopen ‘in a couple of weeks’, says Boris Johnson   Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced that gyms may be able to reopen in a ‘couple of weeks’. Johnson made the comments during an interview with radio station LBC this morning (3 July). "We are going to reopen gyms as soon as we can do it in a COVID-19-secure way and I think that the date for reopening .... More>>
02 Jul 2020
Consumer confidence rises as people 'eagerly await' reopenings
Consumer confidence rises as people 'eagerly await' reopenings   UK consumer confidence has improved significantly since the beginning of the lockdown, with a fifth of households now thinking they will be better off in the next 12 months. PwC’s June 2020 Consumer Sentiment Survey, puts overall confidence at -11, a huge improvement on the -26 figure recorded at the .... More>>
02 Jul 2020
Tenzing's Clean Air Tracker now helps runners, cyclists and pedestrians avoid pollution while being active
Tenzing's Clean Air Tracker now helps runners, cyclists and pedestrians avoid pollution while being active   Tenzing Natural Energy, the drinks brand behind the Tenzing Clean Air Tracker, has recently added new functionality to its free mobile tool, now enabling its use by cyclists and pedestrians, as well as runners. The Tenzing Clean Air Tracker launched on 4 July 2019 with the aim of helping active Londoners find .... More>>
02 Jul 2020
PGA Tour procures 1,000 WHOOP fitness trackers after golfer Nick Watney was alerted to COVID-19 virus by his device
PGA Tour procures 1,000 WHOOP fitness trackers after golfer Nick Watney was alerted to COVID-19 virus by his device   The PGA Tour has recently bought 1,000 Whoop bands for its golfers, after PGA Tour golfer Nick Watney said he was alerted via his Whoop band that he may have COVID-19. Having worn the tracker for more than a year, Watney noticed one morning when checking the app that his respiratory rate had spiked. Despite not .... More>>
01 Jul 2020
Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen
Government inspects gyms, as sector pushes hard for consent to reopen   Industry body ukactive has today (1 July) hosted a delegation of government and public health officials on visits to a number of gyms and leisure centres. The delegation, which included deputy chief medical officer, professor Jonathan Van-Tam, and representatives of Sport England was given the opportunity to see .... More>>
30 Jun 2020
Half the population 'feeling guilty' for not exercising as lockdown workouts fizzle out
Half the population 'feeling guilty' for not exercising as lockdown workouts fizzle out   Physical activity levels in England have continued to fall from those recorded at the initial phase of lockdown – partly due to schools, shops and workplaces reopening, giving people less time to exercise. Latest figures from Savanta ComRes for Sport England – based on data collected from 2,000 adults between 19 .... More>>
30 Jun 2020
Crisis looming for leisure and community centres – half will close without government support
Crisis looming for leisure and community centres – half will close without government support   Almost half of all public health and fitness, leisure and community facilities in the UK, including swimming pools and leisure centres with gyms, will close by the end of the year unless councils get a cash injection from the government in the form of ring-fenced funding. It's not known how many of these are .... More>>
29 Jun 2020
More than half of parents will send children back to swimming lessons post-lockdown
More than half of parents will send children back to swimming lessons post-lockdown   Almost 60 per cent of UK parents plan to resume their children’s swimming lessons – even if spectator restrictions imposed to meet social distancing guidelines mean they can’t watch their child participate. Almost a third of parents (32 per cent), however, say they would not let their child return to swimming .... More>>
26 Jun 2020
Gyms in Northern Ireland get go-ahead to reopen on 10 July
Gyms in Northern Ireland get go-ahead to reopen on 10 July   Gyms and health clubs in Northern Ireland have been given the green light to reopen their doors on 10 July. The Northern Ireland Executive has announced a range of measures to lift lockdown restrictions – including indicative dates for when businesses and industry sectors that remain closed will be allowed to .... More>>
25 Jun 2020
Groundbreaking research indicates gyms pose no additional risk of catching COVID-19
Groundbreaking research indicates gyms pose no additional risk of catching COVID-19   A large-scale academic study has concluded that there is "no threat of increased COVID-19 spread" at fitness facilities, even when intensive training takes place. A team of researchers at the University of Oslo, led by professor Michael Bretthauer, investigated SARS-CoV-2 transmission (the virus responsible for .... More>>
23 Jun 2020
Swimming faces 'a new normal' – guidance published for the reopening of UK pools
Swimming faces 'a new normal' – guidance published for the reopening of UK pools   Swimming pool users will have to adapt to a ‘new normal’ to ensure the safety of everyone visiting and working at the UK's pool facilities – according to guidance published by Swim England. The Returning to the Pool guidance,, is spread across five detailed documents and includes recommendations for .... More>>
22 Jun 2020
Alliance Leisure kicks off two major leisure centre projects with 100-station gyms
Alliance Leisure kicks off two major leisure centre projects with 100-station gyms   Construction work on planned leisure projects is beginning to return to normal across the UK. One of those returning to business is Alliance Leisure, which this month (June 2020) has begun work on two major leisure centre projects. The company is delivering a £17.4m leisure hub for Dudley Metropolitan .... More>>
18 Jun 2020
ukactive invites Nicola Sturgeon to visit a gym after 'hotspot for transmission' comment
ukactive invites Nicola Sturgeon to visit a gym after 'hotspot for transmission' comment   Industry body ukactive has invited Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon to "visit gyms and leisure facilities", in order to see first-hand the measures the facilities are putting in place to protect customers and staff from COVID-19. The invite was made after Sturgeon revealed that leisure facilities in .... More>>
17 Jun 2020
'Sports city' plans revealed for Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium
'Sports city' plans revealed for Madrid's Wanda Metropolitano stadium   Madrid city council (Ayuntamiento de Madrid) has set out plans to develop a number of sports facilities in the surrounding areas of the existing Wanda Metropolitano stadium. The "sports city" project, in the eastern San Blas-Canillejas district, is led by the council and is set to transform a site which was .... More>>
15 Jun 2020
Black Lives Matter: sports sector 'hasn't done enough' on inequalities
Black Lives Matter: sports sector 'hasn't done enough' on inequalities   The sport and physical activity sector "hasn't done enough" to tackle persisting inequalities within the industry, according to a statement signed by more than 80 leading UK sports organisations. The unprecedented statement was published by the Sport and Recreation Alliance (SRA) and was signed by the likes of .... More>>
12 Jun 2020
Black Lives Matter: Sport England wants to fund 'innovative solutions' to tackle inequalities
Black Lives Matter: Sport England wants to fund 'innovative solutions' to tackle inequalities   Sport England has begun a search for "innovative solutions" which could reduce inequalities in society – and help those most affected to get physically active. The grassroots body is looking for individuals and organisations with programmes and ideas which can help break down barriers to exercise. A .... More>>
10 Jun 2020
Fit Together campaign launches to convince public it's safe to return to the gym
Fit Together campaign launches to convince public it's safe to return to the gym   An industry-wide campaign will provide fitness operators with the practical resources needed to ensure a safe and successful return to business for the UK's gyms and leisure facilities. Called Fit Together and launching today (10 June), the campaign is led by industry body ukactive and will offer practical tools, .... More>>
09 Jun 2020
CrossFit CEO resigns as George Floyd tweet rocks the company
CrossFit CEO resigns as George Floyd tweet rocks the company   CrossFit founder and CEO, Greg Glassman, has resigned following a backlash over his controversial tweet relating to the murder of George Floyd. On 6 June, Glassman responded to a tweet by the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) which read: “Racism and discrimination are .... More>>
09 Jun 2020
Survey will gauge the public's views on the return of swimming lessons
Survey will gauge the public's views on the return of swimming lessons   A national survey looks to gauge the UK public views on – and appetite for – reopening the UK's pools for swimming lessons. Leisure-net has launched the Return to Swimming Lessons Survey, which looks to provide operators with a benchmark report to use in their post-lockdown planning. Speaking to .... More>>
08 Jun 2020
Going bust: thousands of UK gyms face 'rent timebomb' at the end of June – ukactive calls for government protection
Going bust: thousands of UK gyms face 'rent timebomb' at the end of June – ukactive calls for government protection   Thousands of UK gyms could go out of business if they're forced to pay full rent payments, which are due at the end of this month. In April, industry body ukactive successfully lobbied the government to amend the Coronavirus Act to restrict tactics being adopted by landlords who were insisting gyms and leisure .... More>>
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