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Active Luton successfully integrates BAME communities into aquatic timetabling and workforce

Active Luton has successfully created opportunities for its BAME community, specifically targeting Muslim women and girls to embrace learning to swim and beyond. In partnership with the Institute of Swimming, Active Luton trained 64 female swimming teachers through their Level One and Two Swim England Qualifications last year, with 21 of the newly qualified teachers having BAME heritage. Active Luton has also timetabled women-only and women and children-only sessions at all of its pools, to be...

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Simon Blair OCL Head of Business Development

New senior appointment at OCL

Oldham Community Leisure (OCL) has employed a new Head of Business Development, responsible for the trust’s marketing and sales functions plus its Customer Relationship Management platforms, including the OCL contact centre. As a new senior team member within OCL, Simon Blair will be responsible for helping to direct the company strategically. He will be working with colleagues in the senior team as well as the board to facilitate key projects and ensure OCL continually moves forward,...

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Institute of Swimming and Fin2Fit CPD gains CIMSPA Accreditation

The Institute of Swimming’s partnership delivering Fin2Fit’s Mono-Fin CPD training has gone from strength to strength with the CPD gaining accreditation from CIMSPA.   Swimming teachers who have gained their Fin2Fit CPD are able to deliver Mono-Fin Mermaid and Shark lessons and parties, as a new and exciting approach to keep children interested in swimming.   Natalie McGuire, Business Development Manager, Institute of Swimming says: “We are thrilled with the continued success and growing popularity of the Fin2Fit Mono-Fin...

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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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Alan Louden

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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