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in brief... £10m boost for female fitness
Sport England has unveiled a new £10m schedule to managing a tight budget,
new fi tness suite for ‘Active Women’ funding package, which taking part in sport can seem like a
ripon complex aims to increase the number of women distant possibility for women. We know,
A new fi tness suite is set to be from disadvantaged communities however, that when shaped with women
created at Ripon Leisure Centre, participating in active leisure and sport. in mind, projects can play a huge part
North Yorkshire, as part of a The funding pledge, which will also in making sport more accessible – and,
£285,000 scheme funded by target women who care for children full- indeed, attractive.”
Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) time, is designed to remove the number Sport England chief executive Jennie
and Ripon City Council (RCC). of barriers facing those who want to Price says: “We know that women can
The venue’s original ground fl oor take part in physical activities and play face particular barriers to taking part
Brimhams’ Fitness Suite will be sport – barriers that include childcare, in sport, and it’s important that we
developed into a free weights transport, cost and time constraints. invest resources into understanding
training area as part of the project, Backed by former Olympic gold how best to overturn those.”
which will create one of HBC’s medallist Denise Lewis, Sports Minister
largest fi tness facilities including Gerry Sutcliffe and the Women’s Sport
209sq m (2,250sq ft) of gym space. and Fitness Foundation (WSFF), the
Technogym will supply 36 pieces of Active Women fund is the second of
equipment for the new suite. Sport England’s themed rounds to
address some of the key issues affecting
stevenage fitness facility participation at grassroots level ahead
awarded council funding of the 2012 Olympics.
A £250,000 revamp of the Fitness According to the organisation’s Active
@ The Leisure Centre facility at People Survey for the period July 08–
Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre July 09, only one in eight women across
in Hertfordshire has now been England regularly plays sport. This
completed. The Stevenage Borough compares with one in fi ve men.
Council-funded project will provide The launch of the Active Women
an expanded open plan gym fund comes as Sport England confi rms
facility, including 47 new pieces of it will invest £1.4m in helping the WSFF
G7 strength range equipment by work with national governing bodies
Matrix Fitness Systems, to meet the for sport to provide opportunities that
increased number of GP referrals meet the needs of women.
from local surgeries and Lister WSFF chief executive offi cer Sue Funding aims to provide women with
Hospital. A new entrance to allow Tibballs says: “From juggling a busy more opportunity to take part in sport
easy access for wheelchair users, a
new changing area and a new group
cycling studio will also be built.
study shows success of referrals
parkwood axes sunbeds Researchers studying an exercise
from leisure centres referral scheme running in Forest
Health club operator and Heath, Suffolk, have found that those
management contractor Parkwood completing the 10-week programme
Leisure has become the latest showed “small but important changes”
operator to remove all sunbeds in a number of key measurements.
from its sites. According to MD The study into the Active For Life
Andrew Holt, the decision to scheme, carried out by the MRC
remove all tanning equipment by Epidemiology Unit at Addenbrooke’s
1 January 2010 was made after the Hospital in Cambridge, found that many
group reviewed research conducted participants reduced their blood pressure,
by the International Agency for increased their peak fl ow and decreased
Research on Cancer (IARC). their weight and waist circumference. It
Holt says: “Having considered also found evidence of social, emotional
the latest research in this area, and physical improvements. However, the
we now feel that removing the study also highlighted that approximately
sunbeds is in the best interests of half of those who started the scheme
our customers.” In July, the IARC failed to complete it.
said it had established a “clear link” The results of the MRC study have
between sunbeds and skin cancer. If your GP refers you to exercise, it can been published in full in the journal
lead to ‘small but important changes’ Public Health.
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