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HEALTH & FITNESS IN BRIEF


Cancer charity backs north west sunbed ban The North West Cancer


Research Fund (NWCRF) is backing a bid to ban sunbeds in gyms and spas across the region. The charity is offering its support to a campaign which aims to encourage all gyms and spas to ban sunbeds. Anne Jackson, chief executive of NWCRF, said: "We are challenging gyms and spas across the North West to remember that they are in the health business and offering the use of sunbeds is a complete contradiction in terms."


IHRSA publishes 2010 global report The health club industry posted a solid performance in 2009, according to the IHRSA 2010 Global Report. Global industry revenue reached US$67.2bn (£44.2bn) from a total of 128,500 health clubs and 119.5 million members. With more than 42 million members, the market in Europe alone brought in around US$31bn (£20.4bn) in revenue. In North America, 53.1 million members used 38,000 facilities. The Asia-Pacific region remained steady, with revenues of more than US$10bn (£6.6bn).


Work starts on new Bilston leisure centre Shepherd Construction has started excavation work at the site of Wolverhampton City Council's new £15m leisure centre in Bilston, West Midlands. The firm is moving around 10,000m3 of soil from the site ahead of the main build phase of the development, with 6,000m3 being donated to the WCC's Bowmans Harbour project. When complete, the new 5,600sq m (60,278sq ft) facility will incorporate an eight-lane, 25m swimming pool, a learner pool and a health and fitness suite.


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Fitness First backs inclusion initiative Health club operator becomes one of the first major chains to commit to scheme


By Tom Walker Health club operator Fitness First has had the first group of its UK clubs accredited through the Inclusive Fitness Initiative's (IFI) National Sports Founda- tion (NSF) Programme. The chain has become one of


the first major operators in the commercial sector to commit to the programme, with a total of 24 Fitness First clubs now accredited to the scheme. As part of the accreditation


process, personal trainers have been offered training at levels two and three of the training programme in order to suitably train disabled members. Fitness First has also worked


with its equipment suppliers to have a selection of machines, which have been IFI-accredited. Fitness First managing


director John Gamble said:


"Fitness First is committed to making the world a fitter place


Scunthorpe site taking shape


A new leisure centre being built in Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, is taking shape as work continues on the construction of its domed grid shell. London-based Andrew


Wright has designed The Pods, with Nottingham- based S&P Architects appointed as 'delivery' architects. Buro Happold and Bowmer and Kirkland have been selected to lead the build element. Due to be completed in


May next year, the venue will include a 390sq m (4,198sq ft) fitness studio, a 25m swimming pool and a dance studio.


Paralympian Russell Docker and Hilary Jones, FF's medical advisor


with no exclusions and we are pleased to be making these changes with immediate effect. "It is a landmark step forward


for the fitness industry and we are proud to be the first major health club group to offer this." IFI national director Sue


Catton said: "Fitness First has taken a lead, acknowledged that the commercial sector


must seek to proactively include disabled people, both financially and legislatively, and that action is required to ensure that inclusion is adequately addressed. This sends a very powerful message and we hope that all commercial operators will realise that this agenda must be addressed and cannot be ignored."


Djanogly leisure facility unveiled By Tom Walker


The £6.4m Djanogly Commu- nity Leisure Centre in Notting- ham has opened to the public. The centre – designed by


Archial Architects and built by ISG Regions – includes a 25m, six-lane swimming pool with full moveable floor; a changing village; a 50-station fitness suite supplied by Technogym; sauna and steam rooms; and a dance/activity studio. Archial senior associate Justin


Ashworth said: "As Djanogly Community Leisure Centre is situated within the grounds of the Norman Foster Associates- designed Djanogly City Academy, certain aspects of its design – such as the overhang-


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The facility boasts a 50-station gym equipped by Technogym


ing eaves and the colonnade – take their cue from the academy in order to comple- ment the existing architecture." Djanogly Community Leisure


Centre forms part of Notting- ham City Council's wider £32m Leisure Centre Transformation Programme, designed to improve local sports provision.


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