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news and jobs updated daily on www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk edited by tom walker. email: tomwalker@leisuremedia.com Pulse unveils Birmingham clubs


New gyms at the Alexander Stadium athletics venue and Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre in Birmingham have benefited from the installation of Pulse Fitness equipment worth £270,000. Both facilities opened to


the public in January, with Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) flagship fitness venue at Alexander Stadium offering more than 100 stations. The Alexander Stadium


gym – located in a new S&P Architects-designed stand completed last year – also features Power Plates and a free weights area. Meanwhile, the £12.2m


More than 100 stations were installed at the Alexander Stadium facility BCC leisure services health and fitness


Harborne Pool and Fitness Centre – designed by Saunders Boston – includes a 70-station adult fitness suite in addition to a 25m, six- lane swimming pool.


manager Anne Goodall says: “I’ve been impressed with the package presented to the council with equipment supply, warranty support and support services included.”


Second Bristol club for Anytime Fitness


Anytime Fitness has opened its second Bristol location – and fourth in the UK – at the Willow Brook Centre in Bradley Stoke, as part of the franchise’s roll-out strategy. In May 2010, the operator


said it planned to have 50 sites across the UK and Ireland by the end of 2012. Its first UK site was launched in Clifton, Bristol, in October 2010. Anytime Fitness also has


Nightingale Associates designed the new facility


New £31m Bolton One complex opens its doors


Bolton One – a new £31m health, leisure and research complex developed by Bolton Council alongside NHS Bolton and the University of Bolton – has opened. The venue was designed by Nightingale


Associates and built by Eric Wright Group, with a 70-station gym equipped by Life Fitness and a 25m pool with seating for 250 people among the facilities. A hydrotherapy pool for people with


Willow Brook is the franchise’s second location to be opened in Bristol


locations in London’s Kings Cross and Hemel Hempstead. The latest 465sq m (5,000sq ft) Bradley


Stoke club will cater for a capacity of 1,400 members. Equipment at the new facility has been supplied by Precor, including CV and strength stations. Robin Drysdale, franchisee and former tennis professional, says: “The previously


unused space at Willow Brook provided the perfect location due to the fact that it was unsuitable for retail or office use. “It has now been transformed into


a vibrant gym that will benefit the whole community and, judging by the membership so far, it is set to be a resounding success.”


Sportivate legacy scheme increases participation


Sport England has announced that 33,000 young people across the country have taken up sport in their free time during the first six months of the Sportivate legacy programme. Launched in June 2011, the £32m initiative aims to allow 300,000 people between the ages


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of 14 and 25 years to receive six to eight weeks of coaching in their chosen sport. Sport England has revealed that nearly 26,000 of the 33,000 participants have taken part in a sport during the last three months alone. Details: http://lei.sr?a=Y4o2n


disabilities and a gym accessible to disabled users are also on offer at Bolton One. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=z6J1j


Council plans Chesterfield leisure investment


Chesterfield Borough Council has agreed to keep two leisure centres - Queen’s Park Sports Centre and Staveley Healthy Living Centre - under local authority control. The council is now proposing to invest £2.5m in a renovation and modernisation programme at Queen’s Park Sports Centre and is in talks with potential partners. A further £50,000 investment in a sports


outreach initiative is being explored, which would have a particular emphasis on targeting residents from more deprived areas.


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New-look corporate gym for JCB World HQ


A gym at the JCB World Headquarters in Staffordshire has re-opened to employees after benefiting from a revamp undertaken in partnership with Life Fitness. The Healthy Living Centre, which first


opened 15 years ago, has been modernised and now features a 45-station fitness suite offering CV and strength equipment. A group cycling studio is also on offer. JCB World’s new-look gym also features


Life Fitness’ Virtual Trainer technology to assist in rehab and physiotherapy, allowing staff to track their exercise progress.


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