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sutton facilities in line for major refurbishment

Big surge in leisure apprentices

New figures from SkillsActive have reported a 600 per cent increase in the number of apprentices working in the sport and active leisure sectors over the last six years. SkillsActive says that the figures – released to Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) – is funding the sc emes, which will see Cheam Leisure Centre receive a £600,000 makeover, including a new gym entrance. In the 12 months to last September, SkillsActive

Sutton Council has announced that two facilities – Cheam Leisure Centre and Sutton Arena, London – are to benefit from a joint £950,000 refurbishment. Everyone Active – the trading name of coincide with National Apprenticeships Week (6-12 February) – show more employers are now realising the value of such programmes to their firms.

Te remaining £350,000 will be invested

in extending the gym at Sutton Arena. Both schemes are to be completed ahead of an £11m rebuild of Westcroſt Leisure Centre.

issued 9,342 apprenticeship certificates, compared to the 1,271 certificates issued in the 12 months ending September 2006. SkillsActive’s interim CEO Suki Kalirai says

apprenticeship programmes are not limited to larger employers, but are available to small and medium-sized firms with the help of the Group Training Association. Kalirai adds: “It enables employers running

small to medium enterprises to group together and access funded training. “This training is delivered through

SkillsActive’s network of approved National Skills Academy training providers.”

Te gym will be used by elite student athletes

new performance gym opens at bath university

One of the largest mass studies on the benefits of exercise has revealed that just 15 minutes of physical activity a day can boost a person’s life expectancy by up to three years. Taiwan’s Department of

Health carried out research between 1996 and 2008 and involved 416,175 individuals in standard medical screening programmes, with people placed into one of five categories of exercise volumes. The results of the study

NEWSNEWS 15 minutes’ exercise ‘beneficial’

New horizontal bikes to get club members Smovin

Launched last month, Smovin from Smovetec is a new type of indoor cycling – a system which makes fitness bikes horizontally flexible. In use, the standing rig of a conventional

fitness bike is replaced with the SMOVE- system. This introduces a vertical, rotational axis which replicates the movement of a real bike, whether the rider is in a sitting position during warm-up or undertaking hard, out-of-saddle training. The SMOVE-system is suitable for all

levels of user, as it can simulate slow CV training and intense ascents.

SkillsActive issued nearly 10,000 certificates in 2011 were published in the dical journal Lancet and showed that, when compared with the ‘inactive’ group, hose in the ‘low volume’

meThe news came just days before deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has launched a new £126m government programme in a bid to t create training and employment opportunities for at least 55,000 young people.

group who exercised for an average of 1 Under the programme, charities an risk of all-cause mor ality and three more years of life expectancy.

Academy to deliver KidzMove resources

Active IQ Academy has been selected to deliver the eLearning and online resources as part of instructor training for FitPro’s new children’s fitness product, KidzMove. Launched by FitPro in conjunction with television brand LazyTown last year, KidzMove will be delivered in clubs across the country, with tailor-made programmes for young titute of Sport, Sport England, TASS and UK Sport t undertake the project, which s an extension to an existing venue.

A new £100,000 performance gym has been unveiled at the University of Bath to help boost the preparations of London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls. Te university worked with the English I pnesople. It aims to tackle childhood obesity in the UK through promoting physical activity. i FitPro global commercial director Andy An integrated testing platform to provide

in-depth physical analysis, a video feedback system and a system providing feedback on strength and power outputs are on offer at the new performance facility.

Jackson says: “[KidzMove] will be a massive boost to the fitness industry as we play our part in improving the nation’s health.” Active IQ Academy director Yvonne Cooper adds: “The academy’s eLearning and online

5 minutes a day had a 14 per cent reduced businesses will be entitled to contracts worth up to £2,200 for each individual helped.

15 minutes of activity a day can prolong life expectancy by three years Each additional 15 minutes of daily exercise

beyond the initial 15 minutes further reduced all-cause mortality by 4 per cent and all-cancer mortality by 1 per cent. Tese benefits were applicable to all age groups and both sexes.

£31m redcar leisure plans move forward

Detailed plans for a new £31m leisure, business support and community facility in the heart of Redcar have been submitted to the local planning authority for consideration. Outline plans drawn up by S&P Architects

and Plus3 Architects were given the green light by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council (RCBC) earlier this summer. Middlesbrough-based Buckler Demolition has already started work to clear the site at Kirkleatham Street and Coatham Road, which

Trixter Xdream bikes are on offer at 10 DLL sites

Trixter bikes for eight more David Lloyd Leisure clubs

David Lloyd Leisure’s (DLL) eight flagship Region One venues now offer Trixter Xdream bikes, following the success of the machines at its Basildon and Exeter sites. Two DLL clubs in London – Finchley

idzMove: LazyTown’s Sportacus leads the way will be the location for the development. resFources will give the instructors the tools to swimming pool, a training pool and a leisure pool as well as a dance and performance space, a fi ness suite, junior gym and sports hall.

acilities w ll include a six-lane, 25m make sure their knowledge levels and training delivery are exceptional.” Details:

and Hampton – received four bikes, as have locations in Farnham in Surrey, Milton Keynes, Leeds, Cambridge, Chigwell in Essex and Beckenham in Kent. A three-week installation schedule firms and community facilities also f rm t of the scheme, along with public spaces. ott Dixon is the lead contractor.

Facilities will include three pools, gym and sports hall

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