News

We love to keep busy! Here's some of the news Big Fish Communications has produced. Take a browse or simply search by company from the 'Categories' section

 

 

Redevelopment for Gosport Leisure Centre as Demand for Facilities Increases

Gosport Leisure Centre has reopened boasting a brand new dance studio and extended car park following significant redevelopment by leisure design and build specialist Createability. The popular centre, managed by Places for People Leisure (PfPL) on behalf of Gosport Borough Council as part of a Design, Build, Operate and Maintain contract, first opened just five years ago, but with high demand for the facilities, further space was needed to extend its activity programme. James Dumper, Centre Manager...

Continue Reading

OCL Swimmers head to British Championships

Two years after moving into Oldham Community Leisure's state-of-the-art facilities, four swimmers from the centre's Advanced Training Scheme have qualified for the upcoming British Swimming Championships. Molly Roodhouse, Jessica Calderbank, Callum Quigley and Luke Kearslake will all compete in the Edinburgh International meet, which includes the British Championships within it, between March 1 and 4. The quartet are Oldham's first group of swimmers to qualify since Jessica Lloyd and Jessica Fullalove, before London 2012. They all train...

Continue Reading

£6.5m redevelopment for Urmston Leisure Centre approved

Plans have been approved for the £6.5 million redevelopment of Urmston Leisure Centre, as part of Trafford Borough Council's overarching plans for leisure improvements across the entire borough. The planning application, which will see building contractor Willmott Dixon brought in to totally overhaul the 1980s leisure centre, include replacing the front section of the building with a double-height welcoming lounge/cafe area complete with modern touch screens for class and activity booking and a soft play area. Large,...

Continue Reading

High-class local offering follows redevelopment of Knightwood Leisure Centre

There’s nothing ‘local authority’ about Knightwood Leisure Centre apart from the pricing, following a two-month, facelift that’s seen a total transformation of the small community facility in Chandler’s Ford into a destination that rivals even the best private health club. The internal space of the leisure centre, managed by Places for People Leisure (PfPL) on behalf of Test Valley Borough Council has been totally reconfigured by leisure design and build specialist, Createability, to create a modern,...

Continue Reading

4 global adopts new approach to personal data ahead of GDPR legislation

4 global, the leading provider of major events consultancy and data services to the sports and leisure industries, today announced its new approach to personal data. The modifications come ahead of major changes that will arrive with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May. This follows a GDPR White paper, released in August last year. "The upcoming regulation is a wake-up call to the leisure sector," commented Utku Toprakseven, Director of Sport Intelligence at 4...

Continue Reading

Career move for Bridport Leisure Centre CEO Nick Neale

Nick Neale, former CEO at Bridport Leisure Centre, has made the move to quality management and health and safety specialist Right Directions. The new position as Quality and Health and Safety Manager follows a successful 16-year stint at Bridport Leisure Centre. The new role will see him covering a wide spectrum of facilities, from leisure centres and holiday parks to golf courses, theatres and town halls, delivering audits across health and safety, Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI),...

Continue Reading

Security at risk as staff combat communication issues at work

Security could be at risk as staff take to unofficial channels to combat communication issues at work, according to new research. Results of an independent survey, carried out on behalf of team communication platform, Our People, found that more than two thirds (69%) of employees are using sites such as Facebook and WhatsApp to communicate with their team around work matters. “Whilst management are adamant their companies don’t use Facebook or WhatsApp for staff communication, their employees...

Continue Reading

Data and technology theme for active-net 2018

Data and the use of technology to enhance participation will be the theme of active-net 2018. Delegates will have the opportunity to learn from sector experts Dr Steven Mann, Head of Healthy Communities at Places for People Leisure, Utku Toprakseven from data authority 4global, Olympic Medallist and founder of the Total Swimming programme, Steve Parry, and CIMSPA CEO, Tara Dillon. The panel will advise on the importance of embracing technology as customers increasingly expect a seamless,...

Continue Reading

Bear Grylls personal trainer to advise Quest NBS Conference on engagement

Bear Grylls’ personal trainer, Natalie Summers will advise the industry on engaging with its workforce and customers when she takes to the stage as key note speaker at this year’s Quest NBS Conference in February. Summers, a personal trainer supporting a range of clients from rehabilitation patients to globally recognised television personalities, premiership footballers and gold medal-winning Olympians, is co-founder of BG Epic Training, Bear Grylls’ multi-level indoor obstacle training course, designed to build strength, flexibility...

Continue Reading

Retention Convention hots up as technology experts around the world fly in to speak

The line up for this year’s Retention Convention is hotting up with innovative, new technology companies on the bill, alongside sector stalwarts and global technology expert, Bryan O’Rourke, ready to give insight into the world of tech and its place on the gym floor and beyond. Delegates will be given true insight into the capabilities of beacon technology from US company Gym Farm, which already partners with Precor and Life Fitness to automatically log members in...

Continue Reading