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Third Active Communities Conference to examine how to deliver sports strategy outcomes

A one-day conference to examine how operators and active communities teams can increase participation and reduce inactivity in line with the Government’s latest sports strategy will take place in October. Making it Happen, the third Active Communities Conference organised by Quest, Sport England’s industry improvement and quality assurance model, will see input from high profile speakers such as Sport England’s Head of Research & Evaluation, Darcy Hare. “Hare will talk delegates through the new Sport England Evaluation...

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EMD UK signs partnership agreement with DataHub

EMD UK has signed a partnership agreement with DataHub to receive data for all group exercise classes across the UK. As the national governing body for group exercise, EMD UK is heavily invested in providing insight into the sector to help it better understand and influence participant behavioural patterns and preferences. By signing an agreement with the DataHub, EMD UK can strengthen its work in influencing an increase in group exercise participation levels.   Working with the DataHub...

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Jumping to it…Quest breaks into trampoline park sector

Gloucestershire’s Jumptastic has become the first trampoline park to undergo Quest, the sport and leisure industry’s leading quality scheme. In addition to Quest Plus status, Jumptastic also achieved Right Directions’ new Trampoline Park Quality Mark - the first of its kind to be awarded in the UK. It can be accomplished as a stand alone award or alongside Quest, with achievements from specific Quest modules counting towards the Mark. Jumptastic’s Managing Director, Lee Myall said: “We have...

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ukactive Business Benchmarking now powered by the DataHub

Established in 2014, the ukactive Business Performance Benchmarking tool has been integrated with the DataHub to give the service increased independence and more credibility. The collaboration will offer automated input for all sites, greatly reducing the time operators need to spend uploading information and increasing accuracy. Previously, data coming into the Business Performance Benchmarking service was manually download from each operators’ Leisure Management System, sent in spreadsheets to ukactive and then manually uploaded to the service....

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ReferAll provides central hub for Life Leisure

In 1992 Life Leisure established one of the first Exercise on Referral (EOR) schemes in the country. Called PARiS (Physical Activity Referral in Stockport), it is a joint partnership between the trust and NHS Stockport. Following a conversation with a commissioner early in 2014, the trust realised that more needed to be done to improve the evidence base and to ensure long-term continuity of the service. Life Leisure took strategic action, adopting ReferAll’s software solution...

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Brio Leisure uses data from ReferAll to demonstrate the success of its health and wellbeing programmes

Community Interest Company (CIC), Brio Leisure has demonstrated the success of its Exercise on Referral (EOR) Smoking Cessation and Weight Management programmes with an impressive set of annual statistics. Over the last financial year, uptake rates are over 80% for both EOR and Weight Management programmes. During this time nearly 5,000 referrals were received, with over 2,000 patients referred to EOR programmes and nearly 2,000 to Weight Management. The Cheshire-based CIC’s questionnaire scores reinforce this success. Data...

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Bigwave media tackles new area for clients with appointment of Theresa England

Bigwave media will be helping clients to increase secondary revenue and tackle the obesity crisis on a local level through targeted food and beverage strategies and procurement. The new service offering comes as Theresa England is announced as the leisure marketing agency’s Contract and Partnerships Manager. England joins from 1Life Management Solutions, where she worked as National Head of Food and Beverage and more recently Regional Director, with full commercial and operational responsibility for 14 leisure...

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Leisure-net launches theme for active-net 2018

Places at active-net 2018 are already filling up following the roaring success of the 2017 event in March, which saw 95% of delegates say they’d like to attend next year. The educational theme for active-net 2018, which will take place on 14 - 15 March at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham, will be data and the use of technology across the active leisure sector, including aspects such as benchmarking performance against national trend data, facial recognition security systems...

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Great Minds Met in Manchester to tackle UK health club retention

Great Minds Met in Manchester for Dr. Paul Bedford’s third Retention Convention. The Retention Guru’s day-long event saw five world-class speakers give their take on retaining a happy workforce and the impact this has on member retention. Counter-terrorism specialist and leadership expert, Steve Jee, who spent 20 years in the British Army as a military intelligence officer, used scenes from the Hollywood blockbuster Gladiator to explain how to motivate a team, ensuring everyone is working to...

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Oxford City Council achieves excellence in Quest for Active Communities

Oxford City Council has become the first local authority in the country to receive an ‘Excellent’ rating in Quest for Active Communities, the new assessment model from Quest, Sport England’s quality scheme for sport and leisure. Quest for Active Communities directly supports the priorities outlined in both Sport England’s strategy ‘Towards an Active Nation’ and the government’s ‘Sporting Future’ strategy, including physical health, mental wellbeing, individual development, social/community development and economic development. The achievement of ‘Excellent’ in...

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