POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs   News   Features   Video    Products   Magazine      Advertise  
PRODUCT NEWS
DW Sports calls in the administrators – Fitness First unaffected
03 Aug 2020 . BY Tom Walker
DW Sports is looking to save 'as many gyms as possible' – while all 43 Fitness First gyms are unaffected by the administration / DW Sports
Our commitment as part of the gym sector across the UK to support the health and the fitness of the nation has not changed and we remain committed to ensuring our members maintain their fitness goals with us where possible
– Martin Long
DW Sports is going into administration saying it's working to save its 73-strong gym portfolio. HCM understands administrators will be appointed this afternoon.

Fitness First remains a separate company and its 43 clubs are unaffected.

DW Sports, which operates 75 sports retail stores across the UK, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin Long, Group CEO, said 25 DW Sports retail sites have closed and the remainder will continue to trade in administration to sell off stock, with closing down sales starting today (3 August).

He said the retail division will eventually close completely.

The company says it's looking to protect as many gyms as possible, but that it's inevitable some of these will also close.

Of the 73 DW Sports gyms in the UK, 59 are currently open and trading in England and Northern Ireland.

The further 14 gyms in England, Scotland and Wales are not yet able to open, due to Government restrictions in Scotland and Wales and – it is assumed – due to being unviable in England.

"The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly, but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible." said Long.

"Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team.

“Our commitment as part of the gym sector across the UK to support the health and the fitness of the nation has not changed and we remain committed to ensuring our members maintain their fitness goals with us where possible.”

The administration comes just over two years since the company revealed ambitious plans to become UK’s largest sports participation brand.

The plans were based on merging the gym and retail sides of the business and to "blur the boundaries" between the two by "bringing the dynamism of the gym into stores" and making sportswear shoppable in the gyms.

As part of the plans, in August 2019, DW Sports launched a "kit and collect" service, aimed at increasing secondary revenue at its clubs by "turning its changing rooms into fitting rooms".
PRODUCT NEWS
How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Indigo Fitness partners with human performance specialist to launch bespoke corporate fitness services to improve staff mental and physical health
As the government looks into ways to stem the rising tide of health problems caused by physical inactivity, a sports performance specialist has launched a service aimed at helping improve the nation’s wellbeing while boosting business performance.
Strengthening your mind...one work out at a time
There’s nothing quite like discovering a product that creates a huge impact in our life. After all, isn’t that what we’re all searching for?
InBody UK announced as new NHS supply chain provider
With the current pandemic and the nation becoming more focused on their own health, InBody is proud to announce it’s achieved approval to offer its medically graded body composition analysis products through the NHS supply chain.
Safe Space appointed official SUITMATE distributor for Great Britain
Safe Space, supplier of lockers and changing room solutions to the fitness and leisure industry, has been named official distributor for SUITMATE, the swimsuit water extractor.
Myzone launches daily online family PE lessons
Repair, recover and rejuvenate with Power Plate Pulse
Power Plate Pulse is a powerful yet whisper-quiet handheld targeted vibration product, designed to help users prepare for workouts faster and recover quicker.
Pulse Fitness’ Classic Strength Line offers a stripped back aesthetic
Bringing strength equipment back to basics, Pulse Fitness has launched a Classic Strength Line which includes 15 stations of selectorised strength machines.
Precor launches member-focused Preva Mobile app
Precor has launched a mobile app to accompany its popular networked fitness solution, Preva, which has so far recorded almost a billion workouts in more than 11,000 facilities worldwide.
Inspace Fitness launches new brand and online channels
Fitness start-up, Inspace, has revealed plans to launch a new brand, website and social channels.
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors.
The Retention People unveil 2020 Member Experience Awards winners
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual 2020 Member Experience Awards (MEA).
+ More products  
LATEST JOBS
Fitness Consultant
Wakefield Council
Salary: £20,092 to £21,748, grade 5
Job location: Featherstone Sports Complex, Pontefract , United Kingdom
Exercise Referral Instructor
Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Stratford Park Leisure Centre, Stroud , United Kingdom
Self Employed Personal Trainer
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited Earning Potential
Job location: River Park Leisure Centre, Winchester , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Aqua Vale Swimming & Fitness Centre, Aylesbury , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Swan Pool & Leisure Centre, Buckingham , United Kingdom
Personal trainers
Everyone Active
Salary: Unlimited earning potential
Job location: Wickford Swim and Sports Centre, Wickford , United Kingdom
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILES
Precor

Throughout our history, we have been at the vanguard of fitness innovation and award-winning CV pr [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
 
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

MyZone Group Ltd - A new Zone is here
A new zone is here for your club, for your members and for you. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

08-09 Apr 2021

AMS Virtual Conference

Online,
13-20 Apr 2021

Beauty meetings - for professional beauty

Online,
+ More diary  
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
HCM
LEISURE OPPORTUNITIES
HEALTH CLUB HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021
Jobs   News   Products   Magazine
PRODUCT NEWS
DW Sports calls in the administrators – Fitness First unaffected
03 Aug 2020 . BY Tom Walker
DW Sports is looking to save 'as many gyms as possible' – while all 43 Fitness First gyms are unaffected by the administration / DW Sports
Our commitment as part of the gym sector across the UK to support the health and the fitness of the nation has not changed and we remain committed to ensuring our members maintain their fitness goals with us where possible
– Martin Long
DW Sports is going into administration saying it's working to save its 73-strong gym portfolio. HCM understands administrators will be appointed this afternoon.

Fitness First remains a separate company and its 43 clubs are unaffected.

DW Sports, which operates 75 sports retail stores across the UK, has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Martin Long, Group CEO, said 25 DW Sports retail sites have closed and the remainder will continue to trade in administration to sell off stock, with closing down sales starting today (3 August).

He said the retail division will eventually close completely.

The company says it's looking to protect as many gyms as possible, but that it's inevitable some of these will also close.

Of the 73 DW Sports gyms in the UK, 59 are currently open and trading in England and Northern Ireland.

The further 14 gyms in England, Scotland and Wales are not yet able to open, due to Government restrictions in Scotland and Wales and – it is assumed – due to being unviable in England.

"The decision to appoint administrators has not been taken lightly, but will give us the best chance to protect viable parts of the business, return them to profitability, and secure as many jobs as possible." said Long.

"Having exhausted all other available options for the business, we firmly believe this process can be a platform to restructure the business and preserve many of our gyms for our members, and also protect the maximum number of jobs possible for our team.

“Our commitment as part of the gym sector across the UK to support the health and the fitness of the nation has not changed and we remain committed to ensuring our members maintain their fitness goals with us where possible.”

The administration comes just over two years since the company revealed ambitious plans to become UK’s largest sports participation brand.

The plans were based on merging the gym and retail sides of the business and to "blur the boundaries" between the two by "bringing the dynamism of the gym into stores" and making sportswear shoppable in the gyms.

As part of the plans, in August 2019, DW Sports launched a "kit and collect" service, aimed at increasing secondary revenue at its clubs by "turning its changing rooms into fitting rooms".
PRODUCT NEWS
How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Indigo Fitness partners with human performance specialist to launch bespoke corporate fitness services to improve staff mental and physical health
As the government looks into ways to stem the rising tide of health problems caused by physical inactivity, a sports performance specialist has launched a service aimed at helping improve the nation’s wellbeing while boosting business performance.
Strengthening your mind...one work out at a time
There’s nothing quite like discovering a product that creates a huge impact in our life. After all, isn’t that what we’re all searching for?
InBody UK announced as new NHS supply chain provider
With the current pandemic and the nation becoming more focused on their own health, InBody is proud to announce it’s achieved approval to offer its medically graded body composition analysis products through the NHS supply chain.
Safe Space appointed official SUITMATE distributor for Great Britain
Safe Space, supplier of lockers and changing room solutions to the fitness and leisure industry, has been named official distributor for SUITMATE, the swimsuit water extractor.
Myzone launches daily online family PE lessons
Repair, recover and rejuvenate with Power Plate Pulse
Power Plate Pulse is a powerful yet whisper-quiet handheld targeted vibration product, designed to help users prepare for workouts faster and recover quicker.
Pulse Fitness’ Classic Strength Line offers a stripped back aesthetic
Bringing strength equipment back to basics, Pulse Fitness has launched a Classic Strength Line which includes 15 stations of selectorised strength machines.
Precor launches member-focused Preva Mobile app
Precor has launched a mobile app to accompany its popular networked fitness solution, Preva, which has so far recorded almost a billion workouts in more than 11,000 facilities worldwide.
Inspace Fitness launches new brand and online channels
Fitness start-up, Inspace, has revealed plans to launch a new brand, website and social channels.
ASPA International launches handheld UV-C light disinfection lamp
For over 30 years, ASPA International has designed and built high-quality spas for the hotel, health and wellness sectors.
The Retention People unveil 2020 Member Experience Awards winners
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual 2020 Member Experience Awards (MEA).
+ More products   
 
COMPANY PROFILES
Precor

Throughout our history, we have been at the vanguard of fitness innovation and award-winning CV pr [more...]
+ More profiles  
CATALOGUE GALLERY
+ More catalogues  

VIDEO GALLERY

MyZone Group Ltd - A new Zone is here
A new zone is here for your club, for your members and for you. Find out more...
+ More videos  

DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
DIARY

 

08-09 Apr 2021

AMS Virtual Conference

Online,
13-20 Apr 2021

Beauty meetings - for professional beauty

Online,
+ More diary  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2021

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS