Exercise Professionals - Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'...
23 Jan 2019 Exercise professionals: News, jobs and training
 
 
HOME
JOBS
NEWS
FEATURES
PRODUCTS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTION
PRINT SUBSCRIPTION
ADVERTISE
CONTACT US
Sign up for FREE ezine
Latest news

10 May 2018

Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'
BY Tom Walker

Ray Algar, MD of Oxygen Consulting (left) with Utku Toprakseven, director of DataHub

Ray Algar, MD of Oxygen Consulting (left) with Utku Toprakseven, director of DataHub
photo: Oxygen Consulting

Ray Algar, managing director of business insight specialist Oxygen Consulting, has called for the leisure sector to get better at understanding the data they hold and to utilise the social value they create.

"The fitness sector is driven by an altruistic purpose; public, private and third sector organisations all exist to serve and support the health and wellbeing of their customers," said Algar.

"However, the metrics used to quantify business success, especially in the private sector, are predominantly financial – profit is very often a key measure.

"The wider social impact health clubs create needs to be consistently measured."

To help operators achieve this, Algar is teaming up with Datahub, a "virtual repository" for sports and leisure data.

The strategic partnership will look to assist both private and public sector leisure operators more clearly define and champion the social value generated through their venues and programmes.

At the centre of the new partnership will be Datahub's Social Value Calculator (SVC).

Created in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the SVC currently utilises data from from more than 157 operators and 1,600 sites in the UK – equating to more than 400 million visits – and is used to deliver benchmarks and key insights about the social value created by the sector.

"I believe the DataHub’s new Social Value Calculator can help clubs to demonstrate in new and compelling ways the transformative social bearing they have," Algar said.

“Having a consistent method for operators to measure and compare the social impact of their business will provide a greater understanding of the important role this sector plays in improving the nation’s health and wellbeing."



Connect with
Exercise Professionals
Magazine:
View issue contents
Sign up:
Instant Alerts/zines

Print edition
 

News headlines
Digme Fitness acquires Tribeca fitness studio, grows portfolio to six sites
Digme Fitness acquires Tribeca fitness studio, grows portfolio to six sites   22 Jan 2019

Boutique operator Digme Fitness has acquired Tribeca Studios, the New York-inspired boutique fitness club located in the heart of Ealing Broadway in .... more>>
Sweat 2019 event to explore whether boutique fitness is reaching 'breaking point'
Sweat 2019 event to explore whether boutique fitness is reaching 'breaking point'   22 Jan 2019

The prospect of the current boutique fitness boom reaching a "breaking point" will be among the main focuses of this year's Sweat event. Now in .... more>>
ClassPass acquires Asian aggregator GuavaPass
ClassPass acquires Asian aggregator GuavaPass   22 Jan 2019

Fitness subscription service ClassPass acquired GuavaPass, a fitness aggregator operating in Asia and the Middle East. ClassPass will take over .... more>>
Chicago residences to get first-of-its-kind halotherapy facility
Chicago residences to get first-of-its-kind halotherapy facility   21 Jan 2019

The 1000M South Michigan property in Chicago, Illinois is set to become the first residential building in the US to introduce a Himalayan Salt Room. .... more>>
HCM editor Liz Terry: 'Gym bashing has to stop'
HCM editor Liz Terry: 'Gym bashing has to stop'   21 Jan 2019

Liz Terry, editor of HCM, has called on the industry to counter the "annual tradition of gym-bashing" by national consumer media. In her .... more>>
Sheffield's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre to open this year
Sheffield's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre to open this year   21 Jan 2019

The Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) will open its doors at Sheffield Hallam University later this year. Forming the centrepiece of the .... more>>
Company profile


Myzone Group Ltd

For Health Club Operators, we provide a member engagement system that enhances the fitness experience, and drive revenue.

View full profile>>

Catalogue gallery


Featured Supplier

Biologique Recherche: 40 years of passion

Biologique Recherche: 40 years of passion

Biologique Recherche was founded by a family of passionate skincare experts. More>>




in this issue

• UFC Gym to open first two UK sites
• Snap Fitness owner looks for new 'vision'
• The Biltmore poised for spring launch



Latest jobs

Jobs Search



Assistant General Manager - Manchester Fallowfield
Salary: Fantastic Benefits
Location: Greater Manchester, England
Company: The Gym Group
Personal Trainer
Salary: Competitive Salary and Benefits
Location: Wood Green, London, UK
Company: The Gym Group
Fitness Instructor
Salary: Competitive
Location: Chingford, London, UK
Company: énergie group
Head of Operations
Salary: £53,804 - £60,273 (Pay Award pending)
Location: Bathgate, UK
Company: West Lothian Leisure
Diary dates
Powered by leisurediary.com




22-24 Jan 2019

BIGGA Turf Management Exhibition (BTME)

Harrogate Convention Centre, Harrogate, United Kingdom


28-29 Jan 2019

Facilities Management Forum

Radisson Blu Hotel, London Stansted, Stansted, United Kingdom



Health Club Management magazine 2019 issue 1
Health Club Management
2019 issue 1

View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
  Sweating the details: Content that kills
Jak Phillips says we need to stop demonising screen use and adopt a more nuanced attitude More>>
  Promotional feature: Core Health
Star Trac’s FreeRunner delivers a revolutionary running experience while cutting costs for owners More>>


Health Club Management magazine 2018 issue 11

Health Club Management
2018 issue 11

View issue contents
View turning pages
Download PDF
  Talking point: Gender specific training
Should operators be offering training that’s tailored to each gender? More>>
  Promotional feature: Fitness Compared
Compare the market, the launch of a fitness kit comparison site More>>


Published by The Leisure Media Company Ltd Portmill House, Portmill Lane, Hitchin, Herts SG5 1DJ. Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385 | Contact us | About us | © Cybertrek Ltd