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A new name and new vision for Urmston Leisure Centre

Urmston Leisure Centre will reopen its doors early in 2020 following a major £7 million investment. The former 1980’s leisure centre has been transformed into a vibrant, modern complex fit for Urmston and wider Trafford community, and is changing its name to reflect its modern facilities, relaunching with the inspiring brand name, move Urmston.   move Urmston’s facilities include a glass façade with seven metre clip and climb wall, a large fitness suite with the latest cardio...

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Trilogy of new recruits for ReferAll

ReferAll has expanded its team to meet a significant increase in demand for its software solutions, which help operators to run and analyse complex medical referral schemes. Alan Louden, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the industry, has been appointed as Head of Business. He is joined by new Head of IT, John Skinner, and Matt Langley, who takes on the role of Head of Development. Louden joins ReferAll from 3D body scanning company, Shapewatch,...

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Institute of Swimming signs unique aquatic career pathway partnership with Sheffield Hallam University

Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has signed a three partnership with the Institute of Swimming to help in its mission to become the world’s leading applied university. The partnership will see the Institute of Swimming enhancing SHU academic programmes through the implementation of Swim England products.   The Institute of Swimming will provide SHU Sports Coaching degree students with training for its Swim England Level One Swimming Assistant (teaching) qualification and secure the students 30 hours of meaningful...

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Institute of Swimming trains activators to lead Disney-inspired family fun swimming sessions

Disney-inspired fun swim sessions will take on a new theme this winter, as the Institute of Swimming trains activators to lead Frozen 2 classes. Training is currently underway with the sessions due to commence in February 2020.   Since launching the Swim England and Disney partnership in June this year, the Institute of Swimming has trained 560 activators to deliver the sessions across the UK. To date more than 42,000 children and parents have taken part in...

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Members of Fitness4Less New Malden are enjoying upgraded facilities following an extensive refurbishment of the club’s poolside and shower areas. Leisure design and build specialist, Createability, managed the project, maximising the impact of a £110,000 budget by selecting cost-effective materials that will retain a fresh look for years to come. The revamp, which began in last month (September), was aimed at revitalising the swimming facilities at New Malden, which are highly prized by the club and...

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Sheffield City Trust partners with Institute of Swimming to develop swimming provision at 6th National Performance Centre

Sheffield City Trust has renewed its three year consultancy-style agreement with the Institute of Swimming to further develop and grow its swimming lesson provision and increase opportunities and upskilling for current and potential new staff.   SIV, the operating arm of Sheffield City Trust, has recently been announced as a Swim England National Performance Centre, with SIV managing six wet sites, including the Olympic Pool at Pools Forge. SIV works with the Swim England National Performance Centre...

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Hertsmere Leisure Centres’ £5m redevelopment complete 

A massive, £5 million refurbishment project at has been completed at InspireAll’s Bushey Grove and Furzefield Leisure Centres. The nine-month redevelopments involved the added challenge of keep facilities open for customers, and leisure design and build specialist, Createability, worked closely with InspireAll (formerly Hertsmere Leisure), who manage the sites on behalf of Hertsmere Borough Council, to ensure it was business as usual throughout the works. The initial stage of development at Furzefield saw two courts of the...

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Carrick’s Boot Room Launches for the second consecutive year in a bid to increase children’s participation in sport across Greater Manchester and Tyne and Wear

Michael Carrick Foundation has launched its annual campaign, Carrick’s Boot Room, in a bid to ensure youngsters have access to the equipment they need to be able to take part in sport and reach their full potential.   Running throughout October, the football boot amnesty, supported by Trafford Leisure, MLILY, Manchester United Foundation and Newcastle United Foundation, plans to reach more children than ever before. During the campaign, the Foundation is calling upon people to find their...

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ReferAll adds final piece to Public Health Suffolk’s EOR solution

ReferAll has created a software solution for leisure operators offering Exercise on Referral (EOR) in Suffolk. The tool forms the final part of Public Health Suffolk’s new EOR quality standards scheme, launched earlier this year. The county-wide quality standard is the very first of its kind in the UK. It allows medical professionals to refer, safe in the knowledge that they’re referring to accredited facilities, which are successfully delivering programmes that have been rigorously tested using...

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Places Leisure and Right Directions launch Air Ambulance landing guidance for leisure operators

Places Leisure has teamed up with the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) and health and safety expert, Right Directions, to develop guidance around air ambulance landings within leisure centre grounds. The advice will be shared, free of charge, with the entire sector in celebration of National Air Ambulance Week (9-15 September). The partnership follows Places Leisure’s own Head of Safety, Andy Read’s, cardiac arrest last August, when he was treated by the EAAA crew and flown...

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