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news and jobs updated daily on www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk forward thinking fitness equipment edited by tom walker. email: tomwalker@leisuremedia.com a third say gyms are too expensive TOM WALKER


A third of Britons are shunning health clubs because of the fi nancial cost, a survey for World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) has found. According to the YouGov


survey, 30 per cent of people said the cost of health clubs and leisure centres prevents them from being more physically active. Younger people are most


likely to steer clear of gyms due to their expense; 42 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds mentioned fi nancial cost as a reason for not being more physically active. T is compares to 19 per cent in the oldest age group: the over-55s. Dr Rachel T ompson of WCRF says: “It’s


important to get the message across that being physically active does not have to mean signing up at expensive gyms or leisure centres.”


42 per cent of 18- to 24-year-olds quote cost as a barrier to exercise Responding to the report, David Stalker,


executive director of the Fitness Industry Association, says: “Investing in health and fi tness is a lifetime investment and one of the most valuable you’ll ever make. It is essential that we, as an industry, support people to incorporate exercise into their lifestyle.”


abbeycroft to launch budget gyms TOM WALKER


Suffolk-based Abbeycroft Leisure has become the latest UK-based leisure trust to venture into the budget gym sector. T e non-profi t group opened


T e Gym Ipswich last month, in the former St Matthews Baths in the heart of the city, aſt er a major refurbishment of the building. The new club of fers


a 100-station gym equipped by Mat rix and of fers memberships starting at £12.99 a month with no joining fee. Abbeycroſt chief executive Warren Smyth


T e trust’s fi rst budget site opened in the centre of Ipswich last month In November 2010, Kirklees Active Leisure,


says: “T e more aff ordable fi tness is, the more people will start taking exercise. T at can only be a good thing for the UK, where 62 per cent of people are already obese or overweight.”


a trust that operates community leisure services in West Yorkshire, announced that it was to launch two budget gyms in the Huddersfi eld and Dewsbury areas.


ecdc submits ‘green’ leisure centre plans TOM WALKER


East Cambridgeshire District Council (ECDC) has submitted plans for a new ‘green’ leisure centre, to be built in Ely. T e Roberts Limbrick-designed scheme would provide a new district-wide facility and


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