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£10.4m heywood sports village to open The new £10.4m Heywood Sports Village is on schedule to open its doors to the public later this month. Funded jointly by Rochdale

Borough Council, Heywood NDC and leisure trust Link4Life, the Heywood Sports Village will include two swimming pools, a multi-use sports hall, a large gym, exercise and fitness studios and a range of youth and community rooms dedicated to arts and leisure activities. The centre will replace existing

facilities on the West Starkey Street site, including the 35-year-old Gaskell Pool, which closed at the end of July so final building work could be completed. Some of the new activities

earmarked for the centre include weekly creative arts sessions, a wide range of dance and exercise classes, improved family activities and a dedicated facility for young people that includes a youth gym.

leisure centre introduces simulator in gym The recently opened Cox Green Leisure Centre in Maidenhead, Berkshire, has introduced intelligent gaming technology – the Dogfi ght virtual plane simulator – into its workout room (see also p55-56). The Dogfi ght, a fl ight simulator

interfaced with a recumbent exercise bike, supplied by Instyle Fitness, is available to all members. It’s designed to bridge the gap between exercise and entertainment.


easygroup to launch gym chain Paul Lorimer-Wing, joint CEO of

easyJet founder and entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has unveiled plans to expand the easyGroup brand, with the UK launch of a new budget fi tness club chain in 2011. The new easyGym venture is the

result of a partnership with Fore Fitness, a subsidiary of Fore Capital Partners, which has agreed a brand licensing deal to operate and market the gym chain. easyGym will aim to offer consumers

“conveniently located” gym facilities at affordable prices, adopting a similar business model to the one used across the easy group of companies, with a focus on value for money. Sir Stelios says: “As a gym user, I have

noticed many ineffi ciencies in the system and believe there is a simpler and more effi cient way to cater for the needs of the consumer. Together with Fore Fitness and its investors, we will aim to offer value for money in this sector.”

easyGym alongside Keith Burnet (see p16), adds: “The partnership with Fore Fitness offers a platform for the business which is very much in line with our plan to deliver a fun, affordable and fi tness- driven product to consumers.”

Sir Stelios, founder of easyGroup leisure careers on the up

Employer demand for new workers within the UK leisure and fi tness sector reached “record highs” during August, according to new fi gures released by recruitment fi rm Reed. Launched in December 2009, the

Reed Job Index tracks the number of new employment opportunities available across the UK, compared with the previous month as well as against a baseline fi gure of 100. The index showed that, although

There has been an increase in job openings across the leisure industry

£38m leisure centre for belfast

Belfast-based Farrans Construction has been appointed by North Down Borough Council to build and deliver a new leisure complex in Bangor. The new £38m facility – designed by

McAdam Design with S&P Architects – will include Northern Ireland’s fi rst Olympic-sized swimming pool and will be located at Valentine Playing Fields. Other facilities at the planned


complex will include a large health and fi tness club, a fun pool, an eight-court multi-use sports hall, a climbing wall and squash courts. Proposed outdoor amenities include artifi cial grass courts and fi ve-a-side football pitches. The new complex, which will be

backed with up to £15m of Northern Ireland Executive funding, is due to be completed by autumn 2012.

Read Health Club Management online at An Olympic-sized pool is planned october 2010 © cybertrek 2010

the overall reading remained at the same level as July, at 102, an increase in vacancies within the leisure sector hit their highest level – 133 – since the tracker’s launch.

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