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Technology theme sees global expert Bryan O’Rourke at Retention Convention 2018

Global technology expert, Bryan O’Rourke will open next year’s Retention Convention, which will take place in Birmingham on Thursday 26 April. The fourth Retention Convention, organised by world-renowned authority on retention, Dr. Paul Bedford, will focus on the use of technology to improve retention and will give delegates the opportunity to hear more about the use of artificial intelligence and chat botts in a gym setting, as well as location devices such as ibeacons. O’Rourke is President...

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Chesterfield Borough Council engages leadership support for its Leisure Service

Industry veteran, Dave Monkhouse has been commissioned to support and challenge Chesterfield Borough Council’s leisure service in delivering positive, sustainable and customer-focused outcomes. The six-month appointment will see Monkhouse working two days a week across the borough’s two local authority managed leisure centres, in a bid to move the sites to a zero subsidy within the next two to three years. As well as acting as a support service to the leisure centre teams on a day...

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Lee Valley Regional Park Authority quantifies community impact with Sport England quality mark

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority continues its commitment to quality as one of the first organisations in the country to evaluate both its facilities and its Sports Development Team through Sport England’s quality assurance mark, Quest. Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, with venues across London, Hertfordshire and Essex, has been on a continued journey with Quest for its facilities for 13 years, with three of the venues, Lee Valley White Water Centre, Lee Valley VeloPark and...

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Beat Theory Fitness opens first franchise site

Scottish-based group personal training brand, Beat Theory Fitness, has opened its first franchise site in Waltham Abbey, London. The 325 sq m club, owned by London-born 40 year old, Leon Chee-a-tow, has replaced a gym called Krunch Gym on the M25 Business Estate and will offer heart rate-monitored, high intensity interval training (HIIT) designed to stimulate metabolism and increase energy, whilst providing group support and accountability. Chee-a-tow says: “Beat Theory Fitness is a unique brand offering heart...

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Marketing experts to feed into DataHub intelligence tool

Bigwave media has joined the DataHub as an official partner and licensed reseller of its modules. The agreement will see the sport and leisure marketing company inputting its knowledge and expertise – based on 10 years’ experience running campaigns for more than 450 leisure facilities annually – into developing the DataHub’s Marketing Intelligence module. The DataHub provides an automated, secure way for health, fitness and sports providers to aggregate physical activity data, allowing them to benefit...

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Swimming great, Steve Parry, to address active-net 2018 delegates

One of Britain’s greatest swimmers, Olympic medallist, Steve Parry, has been confirmed as active-net 2018’s after dinner speaker. Launched in 2014, active-net brings together leading operators and suppliers from the active leisure sector for business-focused, pre-selected meetings, together with informative educational slots, networking lunches and an evening meal. active-net 2018 will take place at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham on 14 - 15 March. Parry, who retired from professional swimming after winning Bronze at the Athens’ Olympics in...

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Online programme ups exercise referral efficiency by 25% at Jersey Sport

Jersey Sport’s Exercise Referral scheme is being brought bang up to date with the introduction of an online management programme, enabling 25% more efficiency for the 20 year old scheme. More than 1,000 residents go through Jersey Sport’s Exercise Referral scheme each year, and until now it’s been partly managed via a paper-based system with limited data to report on its impact on participants. Jersey Sport is a new, independent coordinating body, borne out of the States...

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Non-runner to seven marathons in just one year

Just one year ago running never really featured in Laura Jones’s life. Now the 29 year old from Dorset is halfway through an epic challenge to run seven marathons around the world within a year and raise £10,000 for The Jonny Wilkinson Foundation and The Scout Association. Jones signed up to the Mount Everest Marathon after a client from the adventure travel company she runs with her husband, Rhys, was looking for a team mate to...

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Swim record smashed in Oldham pool

A new European record has been set by a swimmer in the pool at Oldham Leisure Centre (OLC). Julie Hoyle of East Leeds Swimming Club set a new LEN European Short Course* backstroke record over 50m, in the 55-59 age category.   The record was broken in the 25m pool at Oldham Community Leisure’s flagship site on Sunday 12th November 2017. Hoyle swam 50m in 33.15 seconds.   Hoyle, who is a primary school teacher in Leeds, broke her...

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£1m transformation for Sevenoaks Leisure Centre

Sevenoaks Leisure Centre is set to benefit from a £1 million investment, which will see a complete redesign of the fitness facilities over two floors, including the transformation of a large, underused toddler pool into a 104 sq m dry side multi purpose room, new members changing and a new look reception and cafe area. The redevelopment is being carried out by leisure design and build expert, Createability, which has a long-standing relationship with Sencio, the...

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