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26 Oct 2021
LGA calls for £875m to improve public health and fitness and leisure facilities in the UK
LGA calls for £875m to improve public health and fitness and leisure facilities in the UK   The Local Government Association (LGA) has called on the UK government to invest £875m in the nation's health and fitness and leisure facilities in order to help councils tackle obesity and other lifestyle diseases through physical activity. According to the LGA, strategic investment is needed to help build or .... More>>
26 Oct 2021
Winners of first-ever Surf Park Awards revealed
Winners of first-ever Surf Park Awards revealed   Australian surf park operator URBNSurf and wave generating specialist Wavegarden are among the winners of the inaugural Surf Park Awards. The global awards, organised by Surf Park Central, were set up to gauge consumer sentiment on surf parks and to celebrate the best consumer experiences. Winners were based .... More>>
22 Oct 2021
A million people in England have stopped exercising due to COVID
A million people in England have stopped exercising due to COVID   The pandemic has had an "unprecedented" impact on physical activity levels in England, with 1 million more adults becoming physically inactive in the 12 months to May 2021. The figure comes from the latest edition of Sport England's annual Active Lives study – just published – which covers the period .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition
International Longevity Centre launches global fitness competition   A global innovation competition has been launched to find ways to encourage and support more older workers to return or remain in the workplace. The "Work for tomorrow: Innovating for an ageing workforce" challenge aims to provide solutions to powering current and future organisations with more experienced .... More>>
20 Oct 2021
WilkinsonEyre-designed Compton and Edrich stands revealed at Lord's Cricket Ground
WilkinsonEyre-designed Compton and Edrich stands revealed at Lord's Cricket Ground   Work has been completed on two new spectator stands at Lord's Cricket Ground in London, UK, adding 2,600 seats to the total capacity of "the home of cricket". The Compton and Edrich stands, designed by WilkinsonEyre, form an integral part of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) plans to future-proof the historic .... More>>
15 Oct 2021
Nadine Dorries says sport and physical activity must be 'at the heart of pandemic recovery'
Nadine Dorries says sport and physical activity must be 'at the heart of pandemic recovery'   Nadine Dorries, the recently appointed secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport at the DCMS, has promised that the government will place sport and physical activity "at the heart of pandemic recovery". Speaking at the ukactive Conference at London's Guildhall this week, Dorries said that the .... More>>
13 Oct 2021
ukactive Summit: Tanni sets out vision for physical activity sector’s future
ukactive Summit: Tanni sets out vision for physical activity sector’s future   Tanni Grey-Thompson has outlined her vision on how the physical activity sector can play "the fullest role in improving the health of the nation". Speaking at the opening of the annual ukactive Summit in London today (13 October), Tanni said the focus should be on adapting to a "new reality" shaped by the .... More>>
11 Oct 2021
£30m investment to fund redevelopment of 4,500 UK tennis courts
£30m investment to fund redevelopment of 4,500 UK tennis courts   Up to £30m will be invested in refurbishing thousands of public tennis courts in the most deprived parts of the UK. The package, which will see £21.9m coming from central government coffers and a further £8.4m from the Lawn Tennis Association, will revive more than 4,500 courts deemed to be in poor or an .... More>>
07 Oct 2021
Marge Mayne to step down as CEO of Mytime Active
Marge Mayne to step down as CEO of Mytime Active   Marg Mayne will stand down as CEO of Mytime Active next year, after more than seven years in the role. Mayne joined Mytime Active as chief executive in August 2014 and, during her stint, developed a strong vision for the charitable leisure trust. This included switching the trust's focus to the wellbeing of .... More>>
30 Sep 2021
Sport England launches into digital fitness market with Studio You platform
Sport England launches into digital fitness market with Studio You platform   Sport England has spent £1.5m launching its own on-demand fitness platform, with the hope of inspiring teenage girls to get active through digital physical education (PE) lessons. Marketed as a "Netflix-style library" of non-competitive and non-traditional activities, the new Studio You service is designed to .... More>>
30 Sep 2021
Tanni to hand over as chair of ukactive in August 2022
Tanni to hand over as chair of ukactive in August 2022   Tanni Grey-Thompson has announced she will hand over her role as ukactive chair in August 2022, after more than six years driving the success of the organisation from the heart of government. Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive, said: “It's been an incredible honour to work with Tanni during her time as chair – she's .... More>>
29 Sep 2021
Romania Active launched to represent and promote the country's fitness sector
Romania Active launched to represent and promote the country's fitness sector   A group of leading health and fitness companies in Romania have joined forces to launch a new industry body for the sector. Called Romania Active, the new entity will act as the Romanian health and fitness association and promote the role physical activity plays in society. Representing the interests of .... More>>
22 Sep 2021
Swim England: 2,000 pools in danger of being lost forever
Swim England: 2,000 pools in danger of being lost forever   Swim England has warned that 2,000 swimming pools could be lost forever unless the government and local authorities "act immediately" and invest in replacing or refurbishing ageing facilities. In a new report published today (A Decade of Decline: The Future of Swimming Pools in England) the industry body .... More>>
22 Sep 2021
National Fitness Day to get millions of people physically active
National Fitness Day to get millions of people physically active   Sports Minister, Nigel Huddleston, has joined gym-goers this morning to kick-off the annual National Fitness Day, with thousands of free activities taking place across the UK. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Fitness Unites Us’, focusing on the ways that physical activity brings people together, no matter .... More>>
21 Sep 2021
UK fitness sector could gain 5 million new members 'with right support'
UK fitness sector could gain 5 million new members 'with right support'   VAT reform, adjustments in business rates and a fitness-led high street regeneration push could see the UK's fitness sector gain 5 million more paying members by 2030. Growth modelling conducted by industry body ukactive suggests that the number of active memberships at health clubs, swimming pools and leisure .... More>>
20 Sep 2021
ComRes poll: half of Brits 'not as fit as they'd like to be' during pandemic
ComRes poll: half of Brits 'not as fit as they'd like to be' during pandemic   Half of UK adults aren't happy with their physical fitness levels, according to a study by Savanta ComRes. A poll of more than 2,000 adults – commissioned by industry body, ukactive – gauged people's exercise habits and their attitudes towards fitness during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When asked if they .... More>>
17 Sep 2021
Temporary insolvency measures in the UK to end on 1 October
Temporary insolvency measures in the UK to end on 1 October   Temporary measures brought in to support businesses in the UK from insolvency during the pandemic will be phased out from 1 October, the government has confirmed. Businesses facing financial distress – as a result of the pandemic – were given extra protection from creditor action in June last year, as part of .... More>>
17 Sep 2021
Stunned silence greets Nadine Dorries' appointment as 10th culture secretary in 10 years
Stunned silence greets Nadine Dorries' appointment as 10th culture secretary in 10 years   Nadine Dorries has replaced Oliver Dowden as the Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture and Sport in the UK – becoming the 10th person to hold the role in the past 10 years. Her appointment has received a somewhat muted reception from the industries that she will be responsible for. There has been .... More>>
15 Sep 2021
CIMSPA partners with Google and Joe Wicks on digital marketing hub
CIMSPA partners with Google and Joe Wicks on digital marketing hub   Physical activity professionals in England will soon be able to access free, one-to-one learning with Google to get their digital marketing strategies in line with current trends. The collaboration is part of a free Digital Marketing Hub for the sector, which launches this month (September 2021). The .... More>>
14 Sep 2021
New industry award named in honour of late Jan Spaticchia
New industry award named in honour of late Jan Spaticchia   An award celebrating outstanding individuals in the fitness sector is to be named in honour of Jan Spaticchia, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. The Jan Spaticchia Special Recognition Award will form part of the ukactive Awards and will honour people who have made a continued and significant impact .... More>>
02 Sep 2021
Link between gym visits and COVID-19 continues to weaken
Link between gym visits and COVID-19 continues to weaken   New data from the ukactive Research Institute shows that for every 100,000 visits to UK health clubs and leisure centres between April and August 2021, only one person went on to test positive for COVID-19. The figure of one positive case per 100,000 visits is 60 per cent lower than the 1.7 cases per 100,000 .... More>>
31 Aug 2021
Fitness is most popular physical activity globally according to study by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum
Fitness is most popular physical activity globally according to study by Ipsos for the World Economic Forum   Fitness is the world's most popular physical activity and more than 50 per cent of people would like to spend more time exercising. The figures come from the new Global Views on Exercise and Team Sports study by Ipsos – conducted with the World Economic Forum – which explores attitudes to physical .... More>>
26 Aug 2021
Everyone Can initiative will study fitness provision for people with disabilities
Everyone Can initiative will study fitness provision for people with disabilities   A consultation has been launched to review the current provision of fitness and leisure facilities available for disabled people. Driven by industry body, ukactive, the consultation will study the measures that fitness and active leisure facilities have implemented in order to cater for disabled people and .... More>>
18 Aug 2021
Countdown begins for 17th World Leisure Congress 2022 in Dunedin, New Zealand
Countdown begins for 17th World Leisure Congress 2022 in Dunedin, New Zealand   The 17th World Leisure Congress will take place in Dunedin, New Zealand, from 12 to 16 December 2022. Organised in partnership between the World Leisure Center of Excellence (WLCE) - University of Otago and the World Leisure Organisation (WLO), the main theme for the event will be “Learn well, live well”. WLO .... More>>
17 Aug 2021
£338m investment to transform active travel
£338m investment to transform active travel   The UK government is to invest £338m in transforming active travel through infrastructure upgrades, changes to The Highway Code and new requirements to ensure that active travel schemes' effects are properly assessed. The funding is part of the government's commitment to further support cycling and walking, after .... More>>
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