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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 7 august - 20 august 2012 ISSUE 586 Daily news & jobs: Crowne Plaza is one of IHG’s nine hotel divisions

OFT: IHG online hotel deals ‘infringed competition law’

Launching a legacy: London 2012 has had a positive effect on participation levels at clubs across the UK London’s legacy ‘already visible’

Te London 2012 Games have had an imme- diate impact on the UK’s sports sector – from grassroot levels right up to elite sport. Evidence suggests that sports clubs, swim-

ming pools and leisure centres – as well as national governing bodies – have seen an increase in people asking for advice on how to get involved in organised sport. Swimming, cycling and rowing clubs have

all experienced increased interest due to Team GB securing medals, while less prominent sports – including archery – have also bene- fited from Olympic media coverage (To read more on the impact of cyclist Bradley Wiggins’ heroics on British Cycling, turn to page 3.) To support clubs and centres in capitalis-

ing on the increased interest, Sport England has launched its digital legacy service, ‘spogo’ (, in partnership with the Fitness Industry Association (FIA). Te cus- tomer-facing service aims to make searching and finding physical activities as simple as other consumer-friendly online services. Spogo is designed to make it easy for con-

sumers to find the closest facility in which they can take part in a sport they have an interest in. Te booking engine can be linked to a facil- ity’s own membership management system,


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which will establish a seamless transaction process to drive new members. Meanwhile, British Olympic Association

chair, Lord Moynihan, has called for a com- prehensive overhaul of the way sport is taught at UK school. Speaking at an Olympic press conference on 2 August, Lord Moynihan said that it is “wholly unacceptable” that half of Team GB’s gold medallists in the Olympics have been privately educated, calling it “one of the worst statistics in British sport”. He said: “It’s wholly unacceptable that more

than 50 per cent of our gold medallists in London come from the private sector. “It tells you that 40 per cent of all the med-

als came from seven per cent of the population (according to official figures, 7 per cent of peo- ple in the UK are privately educated). “Tere is so much talent out there in the 93

per cent that should be identified and devel- oped. Tat has got to be a priority for future sports policy. I have spoken about it many times and I will continue to speak about it until there is not breath leſt in me.” • To read the thoughts of Ian Taylor, chief

executive officer of SkillsActive, on the effect of Advanced Apprenticeships on the medal success at London 2012, turn to page 16.

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Hotel deals between InterContinental Hotels Group and Expedia and booking. com broke competition law, according to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT). The OFT has issued a Statement of

Objections, which alleges that agreements had restricted the ability to discount the price of room-only accommodation. A formal probe was launched in 2010,

with the activities designed to “increase barriers to entry and expansion” for other agents looking to gain market share. Read more:


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