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14 May 2020
Fitness United launches to support sector through COVID-19 crisis
Fitness United launches to support sector through COVID-19 crisis   Fitness United launches to support sector through COVID-19 crisis A group of leading suppliers to the fitness industry have joined forces to launch Fitness United – a campaign to support fitness facility operators through the COVID-19 crisis and into the post-lockdown period. The Fitness United mission is to .... More>>
12 May 2020
COVID-19 exit strategy: ukactive questions government's 'lack of clarity' on fitness
COVID-19 exit strategy: ukactive questions government's 'lack of clarity' on fitness   ukactive has questioned the UK government's apparent decision to class gyms and leisure centres among a group of "higher risk" industry sectors, which means that there is no definite or potential date for the reopening of facilities – and could result in a delay in getting the sector back to business. The .... More>>
11 May 2020
Government's £2bn investment in active travel a 'once in a generation opportunity'
Government's £2bn investment in active travel a 'once in a generation opportunity'   The government's pledge to invest £2bn in improving the UK's cycling and walking infrastructure has been described as a "once in a generation opportunity" to create a sustainable active travel network. The largest-ever single boost for cyclists and pedestrians, the funding aims to create a "new era for cycling .... More>>
08 May 2020
LGA: UK's public leisure centres facing 'crisis point'
LGA: UK's public leisure centres facing 'crisis point'   Leisure centre operators are facing crisis point without access to emergency government funding or support, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned. The LGA has written to culture secretary Oliver Dowden, urging the government to ensure leisure trusts are given access to the new £750m grant-based .... More>>
07 May 2020
Customer attitude survey aims to gauge what gym customers want after lockdown
Customer attitude survey aims to gauge what gym customers want after lockdown   How will customers engage with gyms and health clubs after lockdown? What will their new spending patterns be? How regularly will they attend? In a bid to find the answer to these questions, Leisure-net Solutions, Max Associates and 4Global’s Datahub have announced the launch of a customer attitude survey to help .... More>>
07 May 2020
Planning permission granted for £150m four-layer subterranean health and wellbeing hub in London
Planning permission granted for £150m four-layer subterranean health and wellbeing hub in London   Westminster City Council has approved developer Reef Group’s plans to invest over £150m (US$185.3m, €171.4m) in Cavendish Square, transforming the space into a subterranean mixed-use destination, with a focus on healthcare and wellbeing. Claimed to be London’s first subterranean health and wellbeing .... More>>
07 May 2020
ukactive members and stakeholders join forces to create reopening framework for health clubs
ukactive members and stakeholders join forces to create reopening framework for health clubs   ukactive has published an operational framework for use by gyms, leisure centres and the wider UK fitness industry when reopening – once they're permitted to do so by the government. The framework has been reviewed by independent medical experts and ukactive’s Scientific Advisory Board, to ensure gym and health .... More>>
06 May 2020
Sport England and ukactive launch This Mum Moves online workouts for pregnant women
Sport England and ukactive launch This Mum Moves online workouts for pregnant women   Sport England and ukactive have teamed up to launch a series of online workouts to help pregnant woman and new mums be physically active at home. The new This Mum Moves resource is part of a collaboration between ukactive’s This Mum Moves programme and Sport England’s Join the Movement campaign and includes a .... More>>
06 May 2020
DCMS select committee told: major sports facing £700m loss from pandemic
DCMS select committee told: major sports facing £700m loss from pandemic   Leaders of major English sports have told MPs that they are set to lose more than £700m between them over the next 12 months. Appearing in front of the digital, culture, media and sport (DCMS) select committee, chiefs from the English Football League (EFL), the Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the England and .... More>>
05 May 2020
Councils told to support leisure operators which are 'falling between the cracks'
Councils told to support leisure operators which are 'falling between the cracks'   Local authorities have been told to consider deferring rents and offering interest-free loans to leisure operators which are struggling with the COVID-19 shutdowns. The Local Government Association (LGA) is advising councils to help their leisure partners during the pandemic, to avoid "long-term damage" to the .... More>>
04 May 2020
Revealed: the key policies needed to reopen UK gyms and health clubs
Revealed: the key policies needed to reopen UK gyms and health clubs   VAT rebates and an extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme are among the list of policies the government needs to adopt, in order for the UK's physical activity sector to open in a safe and economically sustainable way. The policies – drawn up by ukactive following consultations with its members – .... More>>
01 May 2020
UK government 'stepping up plans' for the return of sport
UK government 'stepping up plans' for the return of sport   The UK government has begun stepping up its plans for the return of sport, according to culture secretary Oliver Dowden. Dowden revealed that the DCMS today (1 May) held the "first of many" virtual meetings with medical experts from professional and elite sports organisations and Public Health England. The .... More>>
01 May 2020
Leisure industry mourns the death of Steve Franks, CEO of Water Babies
Leisure industry mourns the death of Steve Franks, CEO of Water Babies   The physical activity sector has been left in shock by news that Steve Franks, the long-serving chief executive of Water Babies, has died following a short illness. Tributes and condolences have flooded in on social media for Franks, an industry veteran who spent six years as operations director at the Swimming .... More>>
30 Apr 2020
Sports minister says government is engaging with gyms and PTs via Sport England during lockdown
Sports minister says government is engaging with gyms and PTs via Sport England during lockdown   Sports minister Nigel Huddleston has said the DCMS is working closely with Sport England to promote health and fitness during the current lockdown – and that it's using the sports body to in turn engage with the fitness industry. Huddleston made the comments in response to a written question from Luke Evans, the .... More>>
30 Apr 2020
Amount of emergency funding handed out to grassroots sport hits £8m
Amount of emergency funding handed out to grassroots sport hits £8m   Grassroots sports clubs and organisations in England have received a total of £8m worth of funding from the Community Emergency Fund, set up to help with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Launched and managed by Sport England, the emergency fund has already secured the futures of more than 2,000 sports .... More>>
27 Apr 2020
Commercial landlords banned from aggressive rent collection
Commercial landlords banned from aggressive rent collection   Commercial property landlords in the UK will no longer be able to take legal action against tenants who have not paid their rent due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The temporary ban, issued by the government, will run until 30 June and is designed to protect UK businesses from aggressive rent collection during the .... More>>
23 Apr 2020
Physical activity levels in England were at 'record high' before pandemic
Physical activity levels in England were at 'record high' before pandemic   England's physical activity levels were on the rise in the run-up to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, according to the latest Active Lives Adult Survey. Published by Sport England, the report shows that there was an increase of 404,600 adults being classed as physically active in the 12 months to November .... More>>
23 Apr 2020
Reopening gyms: four-stage strategy revealed for UK fitness sector
Reopening gyms: four-stage strategy revealed for UK fitness sector   Plans have been revealed for a four-stage strategy to reopen the UK's physical activity sector, once the government begins to ease the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions. Published by industry body ukactive, the strategy looks to enable a safe return to business for the thousands of gyms, leisure centres and other .... More>>
21 Apr 2020
Nike and ukactive partner to get kids active through Move Crew programme
Nike and ukactive partner to get kids active through Move Crew programme   ukactive Kids and sports equipment giant Nike have launched a service designed to help children achieve the recommended target of 60 minutes of daily exercise during the COVID-19 lockdown. Called Move Crew, the programme was created using feedback and the expertise of primary school staff, elite athletes, .... More>>
17 Apr 2020
Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty: exercise 'the best thing you can do' during lockdown
Chief Medical Adviser Chris Whitty: exercise 'the best thing you can do' during lockdown   The government's chief medical adviser, Chris Whitty, has used the government's daily coronavirus briefing to stress the importance of exercise to public health. Speaking during the question and answer session on 15 April, Whitty – who is also England's Chief Medical Officer – said being physically active was .... More>>
16 Apr 2020
Mass participation sporting events launch fundraising campaign to help claw back £4bn charity loss
Mass participation sporting events launch fundraising campaign to help claw back £4bn charity loss   Organisers of some of the UK's largest mass participation sports events – including the London Marathon – have joined forces in an attempt to recoup some of the billions of pounds charities face losing due to coronavirus. Thousands of fundraising events across the UK have been cancelled due to the Covid-19 .... More>>
15 Apr 2020
Coronavirus lockdown transforming people's exercise habits
Coronavirus lockdown transforming people's exercise habits   The restrictions on movement caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown are transforming the UK's exercise habits, with home fitness workouts, cycling and walking now the most popular methods of exercise, according to a Savanta ComRes study commissioned by Sport England. A quarter (25 per cent) of people now .... More>>
09 Apr 2020
New COVID-19 distancing guidelines suggested for runners and cyclists
New COVID-19 distancing guidelines suggested for runners and cyclists 
  Social distancing measures for runners and cyclists need to be greater than for people walking, because of the effects of slipstream, according to a study by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and Eindhoven University of Technology. Bert Blocken, professor of civil engineering at KU Leuven and a specialist in .... More>>
09 Apr 2020
CIMSPA creates digital hub to support the physical activity sector
CIMSPA creates digital hub to support the physical activity sector   A new digital hub has been set up to help individuals and businesses in the physical activity sector deal with the effects of the coronavirus crisis. The hub, launched by the Chartered Institute for the Management for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), offers advice for those who have been impacted by the .... More>>
08 Apr 2020
ukactive says thousands of fitness facilities and 100,000 jobs could disappear without government support
ukactive says thousands of fitness facilities and 100,000 jobs could disappear without government support   Thousands of UK leisure and fitness facilities could close permanently, as operators struggle to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown. According to industry body, ukactive, there's mounting evidence that organisations are struggling to access loan support and are being crippled by ongoing utility fees, .... More>>
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