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Further expansion for Right Directions as core team hits 24

Right Directions has welcomed two new members to its team. The industry’s quality management and health and safety expert core team, which delivers Sport England’s Quest quality scheme, ukactive’s Code of Practice and accreditation for the ASA’s Learn to Swim Pathway, has now hit 24. Quality Manager, Deborah Jones, is an active leisure industry veteran with more than 20 years experience under her belt, having started her career as a receptionist, birthday party host, cafe team...

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Changing the face of the IT sector

Female school leavers about to enter the world of work should consider a career in IT, according to IT Apprentice Hannah Kelly. With many IT firms looking to young people of both sexes to fill their digital skills gaps, now is the time for women to get a qualification that could lead to a career at the forefront of digital innovation. Hannah, 26, has successfully completed an IT Professional Level 3 qualification with the support of Remit...

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Our Leisure People tool launches to tackle team communication issues

A new tool has been launched to tackle the issue of communicating with large staff numbers. Our Leisure People is a team communication tool aimed at team members that don't work from a desk. Currently piloting with two large leisure operators, the smartphone-driven tool, has completely revolutionised the way centres communicate with their team members. From sharing news stories on latest company updates, quickly covering a vacant shift or for one-to-one ‘conversations’, the pilot operators have...

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Weight management provider aims to improve efficiency with specialist software solution

BeeZee Bodies, which runs weight management programmes, has adopted a new specialist software solution from ReferAll in a bid to improve efficiency for staff and clients. Established in 2012 BeeZee Bodies previously used a basic spreadsheet to input client data, but having won a new contract in Bedfordshire the company decided to prioritise its budget in a bid to improve productivity. Helen Mayhew, Operations Director for BeeZee Bodies Ltd, explained: “Our portfolio of specialist weight management courses...

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Lifetime expands Curriculum Team

Lifetime Training has expanded its Curriculum Team with two new Design Managers. As Curriculum Design Managers, Chris Beck and Vicky Tester are now responsible for the vital management and development of teaching and learning resources for the active leisure sector. Chris Beck ran his own health coaching business for three years before joining Lifetime Training as a Regional Trainer in 2012. He also managed both public and private sector leisure facilities. Passionate about sport, fitness and...

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Workforce development theme for active-net 2017

Workforce development has been announced as the theme for active-net 2017, with bookings already being taken for the fourth annual two-day conference. The 2017 event will take place on 29-30 March at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham, a beautiful period property set in 26 acres of spectacular grounds, just a short drive from Nottingham City Centre. active-net brings together over 100 leading operators and suppliers within the active leisure sector for business-focused, pre-selected one-to-one meetings, together with informative...

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Quest and Substance unveil national sport for development accreditation

A new accreditation designed to help agencies involved in sport for development work to demonstrate their impact is being launched across the UK, following a successful pilot with three organisations. The growing sport for development (S4D) sector is made up of organisations that use sport to achieve personal and social objectives, from improving physical and mental wellbeing and educational attainment to increasing community cohesion and civic engagement, particularly by young people. The new award – Quest Sport...

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Anytime Fitness Opens in Ruislip

The world’s largest 24-hour fitness club chain, Anytime Fitness, has opened in Ruislip Manor. The gym is located near the tube station, in a thriving regenerated area that was relaunched by Boris Johnson back in 2014. Franchisee Matthew Capp was looking for a new challenge having worked in the City for 30 years. Passionate about fitness and, having always played sports, he decided to open an Anytime Fitness club. The site, originally a public house and more...

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GymWorks Spins Ahead – The first UK club to install Precor Spinner Rally bikes

GymWorks in Chorley, Lancashire is the first club in the UK to introduce Precor’s new Spinner® Rally bikes to its Spinning studio. The independent gym has replaced its existing 26 cycles with 31 new Spinner Rally bikes, with extremely positive feedback since the upgrade. With bike space always in demand the gym has added additional Spinning classes to the timetable, now offering three a day. Peter Guy, Director at GymWorks, comments: “The new Precor Spinner Rally bikes...

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Gladstone launches ‘game-changing’ software application

Gladstone has released a groundbreaking new signature software application called Gladstone360, which is not only mobile-responsive but also fully customisable. “The technology we’ve used is genuinely game-changing,” says Gladstone’s managing director, Tom Withers. “In short, it’s an off-the-shelf application that allows operators to design their perfect leisure management solution and then deliver it on any device.” Browser-based and touch-friendly, the application works on tablets as well as desktop computers, meaning that for the first time staff can...

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