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24 May 2018
PayAsUGym secures £6.5m investment following rapid expansion
PayAsUGym secures £6.5m investment following rapid expansion   Online gym pass provider PayAsUGym has secured a £6.5m investment from Albion Capital as part of its expansion plans. PayAsUGym enables gym users to access a national network of health clubs, gyms, exercise classes and spas on a pay-as-you-go basis. It also offers a premium reciprocal membership to the wider .... More>>
24 May 2018
Finnish healthcare provider Pihlajalinna expands into wellness with fitness chain deal
Finnish healthcare provider Pihlajalinna expands into wellness with fitness chain deal   Finnish private healthcare provider Pihlajalinna has announced plans to expand operations into the wellness sector, following the acquisition of health club chain Forever. The company will become the majority owner in Forever, with 10 of the 12 Forever locations transferring under the ownership of Pihlajalinna. .... More>>
23 May 2018
Virtuagym secures €6m investment to fund international growth
Virtuagym secures €6m investment to fund international growth   Virtuagym, provider of a cloud-based fitness software platform and mobile apps, has secured €6m (US$7m, £5.3m) worth of financing to help fuel the international growth of the company. The company will use the Series B funding round, led by growth investor Endeit Capital, to develop new innovations and expand in .... More>>
23 May 2018
Regular exercise "keeps heart young"
Regular exercise   Those wanting to stop the main arteries to the heart from stiffening up need to exercise at least four to five times each week, according to a new report. Researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) in Texas, US examined the effect of different doses of lifelong exercise (those .... More>>
22 May 2018
YMCA becomes first awarding organisation to secure CIMSPA accreditations
YMCA becomes first awarding organisation to secure CIMSPA accreditations   YMCA Awards has become the UK’s first awarding organisation to achieve accreditation from the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) across three new qualifications. The new CIMSPA Professional Standards for Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer was created in .... More>>
22 May 2018
Mark Tweedie appointed new CEO of Active Northumberland
Mark Tweedie appointed new CEO of Active Northumberland   Active Northumberland has appointed Mark Tweedie – former chief executive of Active Tameside – as its new CEO. The charitable trust, which manages leisure services on behalf of Northumberland County Council, was launched in 2013 and currently operates 16 leisure centres. Tweedie, a founding member of GM .... More>>
21 May 2018
Government publishes new ‘Fitness at Work’ guidance for businesses
Government publishes new ‘Fitness at Work’ guidance for businesses   The UK government is encouraging businesses to get their staff more physically active, as part of efforts to make the workforce healthier and more productive. The Fitness at Work guidance, produced in collaboration with ukactive, highlights how businesses can harness the tax system and encourage .... More>>
21 May 2018
Scottish university launches masters degree in wellbeing coaching
Scottish university launches masters degree in wellbeing coaching   Robert Gordon University (RGU) has launched a new degree aimed at helping exercise professionals "change the public’s perspective of exercise and keeping fit". The new MSc Exercise Health and Wellness Coaching will begin in September this year and has been developed in-house by RGU’s School of Health Sciences. .... More>>
21 May 2018
Woodford Leisure Centre reopens after £6m redevelopment
Woodford Leisure Centre reopens after £6m redevelopment   Woodford Leisure Centre in Hull, East Yorkshire has reopened after undergoing an 18-month, £6m redevelopment. Works at the centre included the installation of a new 25m six-lane swimming pool, the addition of a learner pool and a new gym fitted with Precor equipment. The gym also features a new, .... More>>
18 May 2018
Everyone Active adds two councils to burgeoning portfolio of leisure contracts
Everyone Active adds two councils to burgeoning portfolio of leisure contracts   Leisure operator Everyone Active has been awarded two 10-year contracts to deliver services on behalf of local councils. The company – the trading name for Sports & Leisure Management – has been appointed to manage the North Solihull Sports Centre and Tudor Grange Leisure Centre on behalf of Solihull Council. .... More>>
18 May 2018
CIMSPA adds quartet of trustees to expanding team
CIMSPA adds quartet of trustees to expanding team   The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has appointed four new members to its board of trustees. Sandra Dodd, Manos Kapterian, Tracy Rea and Rowena Samarasinhe will take up their duties on 22 May 2018. Dodd is the CEO of social enterprise Places for People Leisure .... More>>
17 May 2018
Fitness sector recruits entering industry with "unrealistic expectations"
Fitness sector recruits entering industry with   A huge majority – 87 per cent – of fitness professionals working in the physical activity industry think new recruits are entering the sector with "unrealistic expectations". The revelation is among the findings of the latest Raising the Bar Report 2018 published by Future Fit Training, which surveyed .... More>>
16 May 2018
State of industry report: UK fitness industry worth £5bn
State of industry report: UK fitness industry worth £5bn   The UK fitness industry has continued to grow in size and value, with the number of gyms hitting 7,000 for the first time in history. The 2018 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report – published today by the Leisure Database Company (LeisureDB) – estimates the fitness market's value at £5bn, an increase .... More>>
15 May 2018
Global Wellness Day 2018 to focus on kids’ wellness
Global Wellness Day 2018 to focus on kids’ wellness   Global Wellness Day – an international celebration offering a range of free health and wellness activities to the public – will be celebrated this year in more than 4,000 locations in 100 countries on 9 June. This year marks the seventh annual GWD, which has a motto of “One day can change your whole life”, .... More>>
15 May 2018
Xercise4Less secures £42m in private investment to fund expansion plans
Xercise4Less secures £42m in private investment to fund expansion plans   Budget chain Xercise4Less has secured growth investment worth £42m from Swedish credit provider Proventus Capital Partners. The funding will allow Xercise4Less to press forward with its aggressive expansion plans, which will see the operator open another 10 gyms by the end of 2018. In total, the Leeds-based firm .... More>>
15 May 2018
RoSPA: Drowning Prevention Strategy a 'cause for optimism'
RoSPA: Drowning Prevention Strategy a 'cause for optimism'   The number of accidental drownings in the UK fell by 15 per cent last year. Figures from the National Water Safety Forum's Water Incident Database – which charts all drowning deaths, excluding crime and suicides – show that there were 255 drownings in 2017, down from 300 in 2016. According to the .... More>>
15 May 2018
£7.7m Northfield Leisure Centre opens as part of £40m leisure investment
£7.7m Northfield Leisure Centre opens as part of £40m leisure investment   The Northfield Leisure Centre in Birmingham has opened to the public on 14 May, as part of Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) £40m investment programme in the city’s leisure centre stock. Facilities at the £7.7m centre include a 25m swimming pool, teaching pool and a health club with a 75-station gym and group .... More>>
15 May 2018
National Fitness Day 2018 to celebrate local 'fitness heroes'
National Fitness Day 2018 to celebrate local 'fitness heroes'   This year's National Fitness Day (NFD) will look to find and celebrate the most inspiring fitness individuals in communities across the UK. During the run-up to the event in September – organised by ukactive – fitness professionals and members of the public are being invited to share their stories of what .... More>>
14 May 2018
'Huge growth' in number of people doing group exercise
'Huge growth' in number of people doing group exercise   The number of people doing group exercise increased by 3.76 million during 2017, according to research by Exercise Move Dance UK (EMD UK), the national governing body for group exercise. The 2018 EMD UK Group Exercise National Survey, conducted in partnership with YouGov, shows that the growth has been .... More>>
11 May 2018
Bupa Global launches service allowing companies to evaluate their wellness programmes
Bupa Global launches service allowing companies to evaluate their wellness programmes   Bupa Global – the international insurance arm of healthcare giant Bupa – has teamed up with non-profit member organisation HERO to launch a new online service, designed to help businesses evaluate their health and wellbeing programmes. The HERO International Scorecard will be marketed as an online tool for .... More>>
10 May 2018
Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'
Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'   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 .... More>>
09 May 2018
Supervised resistance training a ‘key tool’ for weight loss
Supervised resistance training a ‘key tool’ for weight loss   New research has shown that those taking part in supervised resistance training benefit from vast improvements in strength, fitness and weight loss, in comparison to traditional training methods. While general physical activity can have clear positive health impacts, it typically has less benefit in terms of .... More>>
08 May 2018
GPs at gyms and standardised health screenings – RSPH calls for leisure to play an enhanced role in public health
GPs at gyms and standardised health screenings – RSPH calls for leisure to play an enhanced role in public health   Having GPs based in gyms and health clubs – where they could work together with exercise professionals to get those struggling with obesity more active – is among key recommendations made in a new report published jointly by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and ukactive. The Going the Distance: .... More>>
08 May 2018
Breaking: Jeremy Hunt to headline ukactive National Summit 2018
Breaking: Jeremy Hunt to headline ukactive National Summit 2018   Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has been revealed as the headline speaker for the ukactive’s National Summit 2018. He is expected to use his appearance at the event – described by ukactive as a "landmark moment for the sector" – to share his vision on the role of physical activity in supporting the National .... More>>
04 May 2018
DW Fitness First reveals plans to becoming "UK’s largest sports participation brand"
DW Fitness First reveals plans to becoming   Gym chain DW Fitness First has revealed its strategic vision to become the UK’s largest sports participation brand. Formed following DW Fitness' takeover of Fitness First's 62-strong UK portfolio in September 2016, the business now boasts 120 gyms and 90 DW Sports-branded retail stores – a mix which the firm .... More>>
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