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HealtH & fItness énergie completes Irish rebranding peTe HaYmaN

énergie Group has completed the rebranding of nine Irish clubs, which were acquired from Jackie Skelly Fitness ear- lier this year. More than €1.8m (£1.5m)

Andrew Fortune is the new finance director

Total Fitness appoints new finance director

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Total Fitness has named Andrew Fortune as its new finance director – its second senior appointment in as many weeks. Fortune will guide the company’s finan-

cial strategy as it looks to invest £5m in upgrading its 24 sites across northern England, Wales and Ireland. It follows Joanne Hallam’s appointment

as sales and marketing director. On 11 October, Leisure Opportunities

reported that Total Fitness had been acquired in a management buy-out.

Yoga operators team up to ‘dispel myths’

Tom WaLker

Four Bikram Yoga studio operators have joined forces as part of efforts to improve the image of the discipline in the UK. Michele Pernetta of Bikram North, City

and West; Olga Allon of Hot Bikram Yoga; Helen Currie of Bikram Chiswick; and Simon & Bridgett Ane Goddard of Bikram in the Lanes in Brighton have teamed up to try and promote the practice. Pernetta said: “Tis coming together will

help dispel some of the myths and miscon- ceptions surrounding Bikram Yoga.”

DC Leisure launches Swim4Health scheme

Tom WaLker

DC Leisure has launched Swim4Health, a pilot project that aims to offer members an ‘aquatic alternative’ to the gym. Te scheme will initially be rolled out

across Amber Valley Borough Council and will feature activities including Aqua Circuits, Aqua Jogging, Swim4Fitness, and ‘Coach & Stroke’ drop in sessions. Swim4Health also includes an aquatic

GP referral programme and is supported by the Amateur Swimming Association and equipment supplier Zoggs.


has been invested in over- hauling the Jackie Skelly estate, which includes two sites in Dublin – Ballsbridge and Clarendon Street. The other seven Irish

properties are located in Ashbourne; Drogheda; Navan; Newbridge; Park West; Rathfarnham; and Swords. Among the changes made

Jim Durie is the regional managing director for énergie in Ireland

as part of the programme is the implemen- tation of new colour schemes, furniture and flooring, while a suite of Precor equipment has been installed at the two Dublin sites.

Jim Durie, énergie group’s regional man-

aging director, said: “We could never have predicted such a warm and enthusiastic wel- come from everyone; without exception.”

Work starts on Nottingham scheme peTe HaYmaN

Construction work is now underway on Nottingham’s new £9m Victoria Leisure Centre, which has been designed by Levitate. Parts of the former facility,

which shut on 1 April, have already made way for the main construction phase. A six-lane, 25m swimming

pool with separate children’s pool and fun splash play area will feature at the heart of the development, along with fit- ness and health suites. Victoria Leisure Centre will

A six-lane, 25m swimming pool features among the proposals

also feature a café and a retail space, and forms part of a wider £32m Nottingham City Council (NCC)-led investment in leisure provision. NCC leader Jon Collins said: “Seeing the

concrete foundations going down marks the start of an exciting stage in the rebuilding of Victoria Leisure Centre.

“Tis is the largest project in the council’s

vision to provide better quality leisure facilities and will lead to this part of the city having one of the best leisure centres in Nottingham.” Te leisure centre plans are linked with the

redevelopment of Sneinton Square, which is due to commence in January 2011.

SLM to operate Basildon leisure centres peTe HaYmaN

Basildon District Council has appointed Sports and Leisure Management (SLM) to operate its leisure facilities. SLM will run Pitsea Swimming Pool, Wickford Swimming Pool and Eversley

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Leisure Centre on behalf of the local author- ity under the new arrangement, as well as the new Basildon Sporting Village. Te operator had put forward a proposal to

manage the three venues as part of a tender process for the sporting village.

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