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Oldham Community Leisure

OCL recognised nationally for best practice in The Parliamentary Review

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has been highlighted as a community business that’s leading the way by breaking down barriers to healthy lifestyles in the 2019 Parliamentary Review. The Review, an independent political journal published annually, allows private and public sector organisations to share and promote their best practice, with the goal of raising standards. With a readership upward of 500,000, The Review is an essential read for policy makers, business executives, politicians and stakeholders. The 2019 Review...

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Precor signs pilot contract with Sony to deliver smart gym solution, Advagym

Precor has signed a pilot agreement with Sony to deliver its smart gym solution, Advagym. The agreement means operators of Precor kitted gyms can now offer a complete tracking journey for members’ workout regimes. Sony’s Advagym uses a sensor on strength machines to record reps and sets. Members simply touch their phone to the sensor ‘puck’ to start tracking their workout in real time, with stats automatically uploaded to the Advagym app. Pucks in free weight areas...

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Institute of Swimming confirms first of its kind collaborative agreement with Stevenage Leisure

In a first of its kind agreement, Stevenage Leisure Limited (SLL) has partnered with the Institute of Swimming to recruit and train more swimming teachers ahead of the opening of its new pool at The Dunstable Centre later this year.   The partnership will see SLL deliver Swimming Teacher training through its Swim England Qualifications Approved Training Centre, while the Institute of Swimming will work alongside SLL to source new trainees through its recruitment academy. SLL will...

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OCL announces popular triathlons set to return this spring

After hosting two hugely successful events last year, Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has revealed its Junior and Sprint Triathlons will both be back in 2019. Such was the popularity of the junior event that a second has been added to this year’s race calendar. The new Saddleworth Junior GO TRI and the Saddleworth Sprint Triathlon will take place on Sunday 28th April at Saddleworth Pool and Leisure Centre. The Failsworth Junior GO TRI, now in its...

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Learning from insight

More than 300 delegates flocked to this year’s packed Quest NBS conference, where Sport England’s Property Director, Charles Johnston gave an update on the Towards An Active Nation strategy. Johnston reminded operators that it’s not about how many participate in physical activity, but the impact that has, and said the 25% of the population still inactive represent a real opportunity to impact agendas far wider than sport and fitness. Going for gold Mark England OBE, Chef de Mission...

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1FitLife launches

1FitLife has launched to meet a growing global need for high quality, authentic, virtual fitness content and help operators compete in this rapidly evolving marketplace. The company enables operators worldwide to produce genuine, technically-accurate exercise content, created from start to finish by fully-qualified fitness professionals; tapping into the rising popularity of exercise apps and abundance of free online fitness content, which has caused a shift from traditional gym formats and significant growth in digital fitness –...

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Commonwealth Silver Medalist trains as swim teacher with Institute of Swimming

Commonwealth Silver Medalist and future Olympic swimmer, Jacob Peters, 18, is already taking steps to protect his career when he retires from competitive swimming, training to be a swimming teacher with the Institute of Swimming.   The world-class athlete, who competes internationally for Team England, made his debut appearance at the Commonwealth Games in 2018, winning a silver medal in the four x 100m relay medley, and competing in three individual events, 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly,...

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active-net gets behind campaign to delete blood cancer

active-net is supporting the work of blood cancer charity, DKMS, by encouraging greater awareness of stem cell donation within the BAME community as part of its diversity, inclusivity and equality theme. Delegates at this year’s event, which takes place on 27-28 March, will be asked to register onto the blood stem cell donor database.   Every 20 minutes in the UK, someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma. If a patient...

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Trafford Leisure Partners with Myzone at its Altrincham Leisure Centre

Trafford Leisure is partnering with wearable technology company Myzone at its Altrincham site.   Trafford Leisure is incorporating Myzone heart rate and tracking technology in its new cycle studio and refreshed holistic Move Zone area. The Myzone programme will work with, and enhance Trafford Leisure’s new timetable and bespoke classes.  The programme plans to strengthen customers’ experience making physical activity more rewarding and enjoyable.   Jo Cherrett, COO, Trafford Leisure said: “We are delighted to be upping our game,...

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Bury St. Edmunds Leisure Centre first in the UK to receive Exercise Referral Scheme accreditation

Abbeycroft’s Bury St. Edmunds Leisure Centre has become the first in the country to be awarded a quality standard for its Exercise Referral Scheme (ERS). The accreditation has been developed by Suffolk County Council’s Public Health team in partnership with leisure operators and quality management expert Right Directions; with input from GPs and health professionals. The county-wide standard is the first of its kind in the UK and aims to reassure GPs and health professionals that they...

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