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Public starting to understand correlation between activity and health says HAFOS

The public are truly beginning to understand the importance of physical activity in improving or maintaining health, according to the Health and Fitness Omnibus Survey (HAFOS), which saw a leap from 25% of people citing this as their motive to exercise in 2011 to 55% of people in 2015. The stats are part of a six-year review of HAFOS released by Leisure-net Solutions ahead of this year’s research, which will take place in March and focus...

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Oxygen Freejumping and Right Directions join forces to create sector safety guidelines

Oxygen Freejumping, the UK’s largest trampoline park operator, has joined forces with health and safety and quality management expert, Right Directions, to create a Trampoline Park Safety Operating Plan (TPSOP). Right Directions, which delivers Sport England’s quality scheme Quest, as well as ukactive’s Code of Practice, has been working with Oxygen Freejumping since July 2015 to develop specific guidance for trampoline parks, similar to the industry-recognised swimming pool guidance. Following a risk assessment process, the TPSOP sets...

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The Gym Hub shortlisted for marketing awards

Essex-based charitable leisure trust Impulse Leisure has been shortlisted for a prestigious national marketing award for its work on the new budget gym, The Gym Hub in Wickford. Organised by the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM), the CIM Marketing Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within marketing. Impulse Leisure are a finalist in the Brand Experience Award category for their branding of The Gym Hub, successful pre-launch campaign and on-going brand experience. Impulse Leisure’s internal marketing team...

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Focus on solutions at education round table

Heads of leisure and education came together for Precor’s third annual round table event in January, where experts debated the challenges and recommendations for engaging young people in physical activity. The event, hosted by leading fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor, was chaired by Dave Stalker, CEO of ukactive. The live panel included Karen Rotary from BUCS, Ellen Rowles from Skills Active and Paul Dickinson from 3D Leisure, as well as attendees from a range of...

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Lifetime Training prioritises customer care with ICS course

Lifetime Training has prioritised customer care by working with the Institute of Customer Service (ICS), the independent professional membership body for customer service, to launch new courses in customer service training for Managers and Frontline teams. An associate member of ICS, Lifetime Training recently enrolled its own Commercial Customer Services Team onto the ICS FirstImpressions course. The training programme has been designed to develop customer service knowledge, skills and understanding for those who deliver customer service...

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New Middle East distributor for MOSSA

FitPro has announced that (MEESA) Middle East Exercise Sports Academy is to become the new distributor for MOSSA in the Middle East MOSSA produces in-club group exercise programmes with regular quarterly releases that maintain motivation for instructors and participants. The programmes can be branded by the club for differentiation, feature PPL licence-free music and boast an easy transition structure for instructors already teaching other group classes. The MOSSA series of group fitness programmes have been carefully designed...

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Award winning training company launches new beauty qualification

Lifetime Training, the multi-award winning training provider, is launching a new range of accredited qualifications for Beauty Therapists. Initially their Level 2 and 3 Beauty Therapy Diploma will be offered through three new Lifetime Beauty Academies in Birmingham, Manchester and Brentwood, with a wider roll out to cities such as London and Liverpool during 2016. Celebrating its twentieth year in business Lifetime Training is renowned for its innovative approach to training, putting the quality of the learner’s...

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New MD for Gladstone amid internal moves

Tom Withers has been promoted to Gladstone Health and Leisure’s Managing Director. Withers, previously Gladstone’s Sales and Marketing Director, has worked for the market leading software provider for 17 years. The shift comes as Arthur Morris, Gladstone’s previous Managing Director for the past four years, moves up with the Jonas Group to become a Business Unit Manager, overseeing nine companies within the UK including SDA, TRP and CAP2. Morris will work closely with all the brands and...

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Hertfordshire Sports Partnership introduces new Exercise on Referral scheme

Award-winning Herts Sports Partnership (HSP) has introduced an exciting new Exercise on Referral scheme using ReferAll’s online software solution. The scheme known as Active Herts project is coordinated by HSP and made possible with funding from Sport England, Herts Public Health and local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs). Active Herts aims to target inactive people who are at risk of cardiovascular disease or mental health conditions by offering behaviour change support to help individuals get active. The three-year...

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Right Directions expands following Quest contract win

Quality and health and safety specialist Right Directions has further expanded its team after retaining the contract to deliver Sport England’s Quest, the UK quality scheme for sport and leisure, and the National Benchmarking Service (NBS) for another three years. Paul Brivio, 57, an experienced coach, mentor and management consultant, with a 35 year career in the leisure industry, has been appointed as Quest’s Sports Development Manager. Brivio worked his way up from his first role as...

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