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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,...

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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...

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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),...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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Luxury spa for Lancaster Council run leisure centre

A luxury 420 sq m spa has opened at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster following a £5 million redevelopment of the council-owned and managed building. Tranquil Spa is housed within a new 540 sq m extension to the side of the leisure centre, with its own dedicated reception and waiting area. The project was carried out by the leisure consortium Alliance Leisure Services, as development partner and leisure construction specialist, Createability, with Bignell, Shacklady, Ewing...

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STA’s Pool Water Management Accreditation Delivered by Quest

Accreditation for the Swimming Teachers Association’s (STA) Swimming Pool Water Management Quality Mark can now be delivered as part of Sport England’s quality assurance framework Quest. The new award will be presented as one of the five modules operators can choose as part of the two-day Quest Plus assessment, enabling facilities with a pool to carry out their STA Swimming Pool Water Management Mark for free, as part of their overall Quest process. The agreement with the...

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Createability completes work on Bounce Ipswich

Leisure design and build specialist, Createability, has completed work on its second Bounce trampoline park with the opening of Bounce and Billy Beez soft play centre in Ipswich. The 4460 sq m disused commercial site was transformed from an empty shell to a vibrant family entertainment centre in just 17 weeks. Building work created a series of different areas and separate rooms including a kitchen, party accommodation, a server room, management suites, a café and a...

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