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active-net 2019 annouce after dinner speaker – Kelda Wood

active-net has confirmed Atlantic rower and mental health campaigner, Kelda Wood, as the after dinner speaker for its two-day event at the end of March. active-net is supporting Kelda’s 3,000 mile solo row across the Atlantic, encouraging delegates to engage in her epic row through following and sharing her journey. Kelda’s taking on the 3,000 mile challenge with the aim of raising hope in young people facing physical or mental trauma. Each day she’s rowing on the...

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What are your plans for the most active day of the year?

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has announced plans to take part in National Fitness Day, the UK’s largest physical activity celebration, spearheaded by ukactive. National Fitness Day encourages the nation to celebrate the fun of fitness and physical activity, and will take place on Wednesday 26th September. To help locals experience how much fun getting active can be, OCL will be offering gym, swim and studio sessions across all of its centres for just £1, all day. For...

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500 million visits tracked by the DataHub

In less than five years, the DataHub has gathered data from half a billion visits by more than eight million people to 2,000 leisure facilities, making it by far the UK’s largest sports and activity database. To put this extraordinary milestone into context, that’s the number of books JK Rowling has sold and five times the number of worldwide Amazon members or, put another way, half the population of India. Founded in 2013, the DataHub is a...

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All new Bath Sports and Leisure Centre following £8.5 million overhaul

Createability has completed work on a three-phase £8.5 million overhaul of Bath Sports and Leisure Centre, managed by GLL on behalf of Bath & North East Somerset Council. The remodelling project by leisure design and build expert, Createability, started in the summer of 2016 and has seen the leisure centre transformed to include a mezzanine floor with 573 sq m fitness suite, kitted out by Technogym, two purpose-built fitness studios and a dedicated 124 sq m...

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Oldham juniors ‘Tri’ their best

The sun shone on the second Oldham Junior Triathlon, which took place last weekend at Failsworth Sports Centre. A record 104 local children took part in the event on Saturday 7th July, 84 more than last year, some travelling from as far as Liverpool. In race one, youngsters aged eight to 10 swam 50m, cycled 800m and ran 400m. Those aged 11 to 14 swam 200m, cycled 2,000m and ran 1,200m in race two. Emily Hyder (first female)...

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1Life sees significant decrease in attrition with new leavers’ survey

1Life has seen a significant decrease in attrition since introducing a leavers' survey late last year. Any member wishing to cancel their membership must complete the online questionnaire as part of the exit process. “As well as making the exit process quick and simple for members, we wanted staff to be able to see the reasons members leave, so that we could track trends and improve our service delivery and provision,” says Neil Harrison, Commercial Manager...

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Createability welcomes industry stalwart David Johns

Leisure design and build expert, Createability, has welcomed industry stalwart, David Johns, as Business Development (Projects) Specialist. Johns joins Createability from 1Life, where he was Regional Director for the north, responsible for 16 venues across six local authority contracts. His new role will see him supporting leisure operators end-to-end throughout their construction projects, interpreting their needs and linking them with Createability’s experts to convert their concepts into revenue-driving, value-for-money projects. He says: “I first met Createability’s Managing...

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Places Leisure completes estate-wide roll out with ReferAll to drive health-focused programming

Places Leisure has extended its partnership with ReferAll to cover its entire nationwide estate of community-based health programmes. The award-winning social enterprise, which currently manages over 120 leisure facilities on behalf of its local authority partners, is using ReferAll’s software-based Exercise on Referral (EOR) solutions to support a number of health-focused programmes, including Exercise on Referral, Shape-Up and Swim for Health. Dr Steve Mann, Head of Healthy Communities at Places Leisure, explained: “As a social enterprise, it...

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OCL’s trampoline academy jumps to success

Three local gymnasts, who train as part of the Dynamo Trampoline Academy in Oldham Community Leisure’s (OCL) Oldham Sports Centre, have been selected to compete in the Trampoline and Tumbling British Championships. The Championships, which take place in Birmingham this September, are the latest in a string of competitive events where the trio have seen success. Last month, Ruth Shevelan, 25, was selected for the Great Britain team and competed at the 26th European Championships in Baku,...

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New appointment at OCL

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has employed a new Building Services Manager to be responsible for the planning and delivery of building maintenance across its portfolio of facilities. Simon McDonald will also take the lead role in planning major works and projects in the future, along with ensuring all facilities are fit for purpose and compliant with industry best practice. McDonald originally spent five years in the army, Royal Corps of Signals, where he served at a...

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