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The Register of Exercise Professionals include an additional category at Level
fi tness sector still resilient (REPs) is looking to restructure as part 2 – Physical Activity for Children – while
While the property values of of efforts to make its operations “more the Level 3 advanced fi tness instructor
hotels, restaurants and pubs all realistic” and “easier to understand”. has been dropped.
suffered heavy falls during 2009, the According to registrar Jean-Ann According to REPs, the new
emergence of new budget health Marnoch, the organisation’s framework categories are “entirely based on
club chains has given the fi tness is in need of updating to make it more consultation, industry research and job
industry a much-needed lift. understandable to people working roles in the industry” and linked to the
According to the Business within the fi tness industry. Government’s new Qualifi cations and
Outlook report, published by leisure “The previous framework was a Credit Framework level descriptors.
property specialist Christie + good starting point for both REPs and Set up in 2002, REPs is owned by
Co, the value of property in the SkillsActive, but desperately needs SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for
sector has been propped by the updating to refl ect current working Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing.
development of a number of budget practices, as well as offering much-
concepts, providing dry health clubs needed simplicity to those both within
with a 24-hour trading profi le. and outside the industry,” she says.
John Patrick, head of leisure at “We hope the new structure will
Christie + CO, says: “Compared be much more realistic, as well as being
to some leisure sectors, personal much easier to understand.”
health and wellness is seen as an According to a statement, the new
enduring value, particularly during structure is a revised set of National
an economic downturn. It will be Occupational Standards developed by
interesting to see whether the industry experts to refl ect the needs
market continues to polarise, as of the health and fi tness sector.
club users seek both value and high The awarding bodies are currently
standards of facility, equipment and writing qualifi cations to meet these
service in the future.” new standards, and the training
providers will then write the courses
savings drive to close pools to meet the qualifi cations. “All of this
Swimming pools at Shelton means new courses refl ecting the new
and Tunstall in Stoke-on-Trent, structure will not be available until after
Staffordshire, are facing closure as April 2010,” the statement adds.
the local authority looks to reduce The current 44 categories of Marnoch is hoping to make REPs
costs over the next three years. accreditations will be cut to 24. Changes “easier to understand”
Stoke-on-Trent City Council is also
proposing that classes currently
run at the city’s Gymnastic Centre
fi tness4less to expand
are moved to Dimensions Leisure
Centre in a bid to concentrate on Budget health club operator
“quality rather than quantity”. Fitness4Less has appointed leisure
property specialists Christie + Co
birmingham hotel to oversee a major acquisition and
adds health club development programme across the UK.
Hyatt Regency Birmingham Bristol-based Fitness4Less launched
has invested £60,000 in the its fi rst site in September 2007 and is
redevelopment of its fi tness currently preparing to open two more
provision. Part of the Amala Spa sites. A Fitness4Less club will open in
and Club, the fi tness suite has Birmingham on 18 January and another
undergone complete internal in Cambridge Heath, London, is set to
redecoration and now houses a launch by the end of March 2010.
range of CV and exercise stations Fitness4Less has tasked Christie + Co
supplied by Matrix Fitness. to fi nd suitable locations on medium-
Matrix installed four treadmills, term leases to meet its growth targets.
a recumbent bike, two elliptical According to a spokesperson, the
trainers, a stepper, three upright company is hoping to open clubs in
cycles and a Functional Trainer major cities across the UK, including
which uses a pulley system to Birmingham, Brighton and Cardiff.
create 200 different workouts. Fitness4Less offers monthly
All smiles: Fees start at £14.99/month memberships from £14.99.
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