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Health club chain nuyuu fi tness has appointed Rangel Sehalic as group operations manager as it looks to continue expanding its UK portfolio. The chain – launched in October

2009 by Ben Silcox and Dragons’ Den entrepreneur James Caan – operates fi ve sites acquired from LA Fitness, but aims to increase that number to more than 20 over the coming year. Sehalic will be responsible for the

Iain Watson, operations manager

ops director for pure gym

Budget health club operator Pure Gym has named Iain Watson as its new group operations manager as it looks to expand its UK portfolio over the next two years. Watson – former general

manager at Total Fitness and JJB Sports – will be responsible for ensuring the smooth roll-out of 24 new clubs across the country. A successful bid to raise £10m

by Magenta Partners – led by Tom Singh, principal investor and retail entrepreneur – will enable Pure Gym to build on its existing portfolio. Pure Gym chief executive Peter

Roberts says: “Iain brings a wealth of experience from managing some of the biggest names in the industry. He will be a huge asset to the business.”

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tegelaars retires from fi a Harm Tegelaars, board director and treasurer of the Fitness Industry Association (FIA), has decided to retire from the association. Tegelaars, who was one on the FIA’s original founders and a former chair of the organisation, made the decision to concentrate on his duties as president of the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA). Tegelaars set up the Cannons Group

in 1980 and subsequently sold it, in 1996, to Vardon. Fred Turok, FIA chair, says that Tegelaars’ long and distinguished career in the industry had made him a valuable asset at the FIA.


sales director for la fi tness LA Fitness has appointed Peter Harrington as its new UK sales director, overseeing the chain’s drive to boost membership as it continues to embark on its £30m investment programme. Harrington previously worked as UK national sales manager at rival chain Fitness First, and before that at Esporta. He started his career in the fi tness industry by qualifying in Sports Science at Farnborough College. Harrington says: “My job will be

to ensure the performance of the UK sales team refl ects the investment across the business.”

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leveque named as star trac president and coo Fitness supplier Star Trac has named Mike Leveque as its president and chief operating offi cer (COO), following the resignation of Steve Nero. Formerly managing director for Star

Trac Europe and Africa, Leveque has been with the US-based company for 17 years and has also held positions in sales and fi nance. Star Trac chair and chief executive

offi cer Jim Doody says: “Mike has a long history of success at Star Trac and I look forward to working closely with him during this transition.”

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operation of all nuyuu sites. He joins the group from Fitness First, where he was sales, marketing and operations director in Milan, Italy. Silcox says: “We have an aggressive

expansion programme and, as the portfolio grows, we needed to fi nd someone with an impressive pedigree in the leisure sector. In Rangel we’ve found the right man and we look forward to him being an integral part of the team.”

news sehalic takes up nuyuu role

Sehalic joins nuyuu from Fitness First In addition to its fi ve sites – located

in Slough, Stevenage, Newbury, East Grinstead and Livingston – nuyuu has also confi rmed that it is to offer joint venture franchise opportunities.

wellbeing chief for dc leisure

DC Leisure Management has appointed Richard Cowley as its new group health and wellbeing manager to help the management company push forward its efforts to tackle issues such as obesity and heart disease. Cowley – former general manager at

the Sam Jones Health Club in Sheffi eld – will develop programmes to assist DC Leisure and local authority clients to meet government health targets. The new group health and wellbeing role has been created following the

success of initiatives delivered by DC Leisure on behalf of NHS Rotherham in South Yorkshire. Cowley says: “I will be devising a

strategy that addresses some of the bigger health issues, such as obesity and cardiovascular disease. “This will include building relationships

with primary care trusts, promoting workplace activity and looking at different funding opportunities.” DC Leisure currently employs more than 7,000 people.

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