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Revamp work starts on Buxton Pool
Benefits of referrals
£3m redevelopment will include new health club supplied by Technogym and Precor
unveiled in study
Researchers studying an By Pete Hayman
exercise referral scheme running
in Forest Heath have found that A swimming pool in Buxton,
those completing the 10-week Derbyshire, has closed its doors
programme showed "small but to the public in order to allow
important changes" in a number construction work to get
of key measurements. The study underway on the first phase of a
into the Active For Life scheme, major £3m refurbishment.
carried out by the MRC Buxton Pool, operated by
Epidemiology Unit at Cambridge's management company DC
Addenbrooke's Hospital, found Leisure on behalf of High Peak
that many participants reduced Borough Council (HPBC), is set
their blood pressure, increased to undergo improvements to
their peak flow and decreased the swimming pool hall and
their weight and waist changing facilities as part of The centre, managed by DC Leisure, is set to reopen in Easter 2010
circumference. It also found stage one of the project.
evidence of social, emotional and Machinery will be refitted Initial plans for the gym area be created.
physical improvements. during the first phase of work, include the installation of 35 Andrew Bingham, HPBC
which is due to be completed by stations of cv, resistance and executive councillor for social
Esporta appoints new
Easter 2010. Work will then start free weight equipment, which and community development,
chief executive officer
on the second phase to provide are expected to be supplied by said: "The improvements are
Struggling health club operator a new 150sq m (1,615sq ft) Technogym and Precor. A new what people want – and expect
Esporta has appointed John health and fitness facility. group exercise studio will also in the 21st century."
Cleland as its new chief
executive officer. Cleland, a
former chief operating officer of
Stalker appointed FIA's executive director
retail chain Somerfield, will take
up the role on 14 December. By Tom Walker According to a spokesperson,
Cleland succeeds Glen Timms, Stalker's promotion is a
who left Esporta in June 2009 The Fitness Industry Association recognition of his work as FIA's
after two years in the job. Before (FIA) has promoted its chief chief operating officer (COO)
joining Somerfield in February operating officer Dave Stalker and his success in developing
2006 Cleland also held the roles to the role of executive director. operations and expanding the
of commercial managing director Stalker will begin in his new reach of the association.
of B&Q and senior vice president position with immediate effect During Stalker's tenure as
of operations at Wal-Mart Japan. after the move was unanimous- COO, the FIA has appointed
ly ratified by the FIA board in a its first ever chief medical
Health facilities set for
meeting on 3 December. Stalker joined the FIA in 2008 officer, John Searle, and
Hull rugby league clubs
Stalker, whose career has launched the MoreActive4Life
New health and lifestyle included stints at LA Fitness, in July 2008 when he was consumer campaign, which has
facilities are to be developed by Leisure Connection and First appointed the association's already attracted 200,000
Hull Kingston Rovers and Hull Leisure, joined the association operations director. people to take part.
FC rugby league clubs after NHS
Hull agreed to provide funding
towards the schemes. The new
Beacon Centre for the Blind installs dance system
Hull Kingston Rovers centre will
form part of a wider project to The Beacon Centre for the Blind in Wolverhamp- panel Sportwall and an eight dance mat system
expand the East Stand at the ton has installed a range of interactive fitness supplied by ZigZag.
club's Craven Park venue, having equipment as part of efforts to break down Beacon's marketing manager, Clare Thomas
received £300,000 from NHS barriers to exercise for people with sight loss. said: "Part of our job is to keep people fit and
Hull to include services The centre, which has been tasked with healthy. Even some able bodied people find it
including weight management helping people with sight loss live fuller and hard to go to the gym, so you can imagine
support and help for people more independent lives, has installed a two how hard it can be for people with sight loss."
looking to stop smoking.
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