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State of the UK Fitness Industry report which was published
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The big question preoccupying industry leaders has been how
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robust our sector will prove to be in the face of recession.
Although operators are reporting tough trading conditions, with some slipping into a loss, so far it
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Katie Barnes appears their situation is sustainable and there have been few casualties. This is borne out by the State
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of the Industry data which shows the sector is proving remarkably resilient in the face of the downturn.
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Researchers analysed the 12 months to 31 March 2009, with an audit covering 6,000 health clubs.
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The industry scored well in a number of areas, including growth in membership numbers and fees. It
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also found a steady stream of new facility openings in both the public and private sectors.
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In the private sector, 64 new health clubs opened and 66,444 new members joined, creating a 1 per
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cent like-for-like membership increase. Monthly
membership fees increased from an average of
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the market value of the
inflation increase, but an increase nonetheless.
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UK’s private and public
Researchers calculated the market value of
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private clubs by multiplying the number of
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members by the average adult membership cost
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at a 2009 total of
to arrive at a valuation for the year of £2.70bn –
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a 3.2 per cent increase on the previous year.
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£3.77bn – a 3 per cent
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In the public sector, investment in wellness saw
50 new fitness facilities opened, with 52,534
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increase on the
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previous 12 months
additional memberships signed. Public sector
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market value, calculated on the same basis as the
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private sector in scale and scope.
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The State of the Industry findings give a total market value of £3.77bn for the public and private
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sectors combined, representing a 3 per cent increase on the previous 12 month period.
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On the participation front, researchers found that 12.1 per cent of the UK population, or around
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one in eight people, is currently registered as a member of a club – either public or private sector.
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Commenting on the findings, Sport England CEO Jennie Price, said: “These figures tally with the
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sport has increased by half a million people since 2005/06.”
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The year to March 2009 included one quarter of sound trading before the impact of the global
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have benefited from the tail-end of the strong trading of early 2008. Nevertheless, the fact that the
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