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400,000+ reAders leisure opportunities 1 november – 14 november 2011 ISSUE 566 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Esporta victory in VAT tribunal


Esporta has succeeded in its legal case to make payment arrears recovered from mem- bers to be free of VAT. In a hearing put before the


First Tier Tax Tribunal, the health club operator success- fully argued that the sums recovered by the debt col- lection solicitors did not represent payment for any service supplied by the club. Te decision could lead to


windfalls for clubs around the UK as the tribunal’s find- ings mean clubs are now - in principle - able to reclaim amounts paid as output VAT on late payments. Esporta has already indicated it will be reclaiming the VAT paid on all late payments. Speaking to Leisure Opportunities following


Leeds Met’s new institute is set to have six themes


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A centre promoting and researching health and wellbeing will be launched at Leeds Metropolitan University in November. Te Institute for Health and Wellbeing


HMRC is likely to launch an appeal against the tribunal’s VAT decision “Irrespective of the economic climate, any


the ruling, Fitness Industry Association (FIA) chief executive officer David Stalker said: “Tis ruling is great news for any business.


FIA announces rebranding plans


Te Fitness Industry Association (FIA) has announced plans to rebrand during 2012, to better reflect its role in working across the UK’s physical activity sector. Speaking at the FIA Vanguard Council meet-


ing on 25 October, chief executive officer Dave Stalker said the board had approved the plans and that a consultation period with members and key stakeholders would follow “Te FIA now has a broader remit working


across the indoor and outdoor activity space and is building new and exciting partnerships across government, sport and the Olympic leg- acy,” said Stalker. “We will stay loyal to our vision of more people, more active, more oſten,


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Te FIA is to consult on the proposed 2012 rebrand


but feel 2012 is an ideal time to showcase our offer to the wider market.” He added that an online member consulta-


tion will take place and that key stakeholders would be interviewed during January 2012.


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breach of contract should not be subject to VAT therefore, given the huge financial pres- sures on businesses at present, this ruling will help alleviate some of the tax burden and help businesses optimise their financial models.”


will have six distinct research themes: healthy communities; health promotion; men’s health; men, gender and wellbeing; nutrition and childhood obesity; and pain science and management. Faculties will be housed in a single unit


as part of promoting innovation and collab- oration, and will research the health status of both individuals and communities.


Stephen Studd steps down from SkillsActive


Stephen Studd, chief executive of SkillsActive, has announced his deci- sion to stand down from the role with immediate effect. Studd has led the sector skills


council for eight years and is a leisure industry veteran, having began his career at the Crystal Palace National Sports Centre in 1975. He later spent 21 years with the Sports Council Great Britain – now UK Sport. Studd has been replaced on an


interim basis by SkillsActive board director Suki Kalirai until the group makes a permanent appointment.


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