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news and jobs updated daily on www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk edited by tom walker. email: tomwalker@leisuremedia.com details of quest format revealed TOM WALKER


T e new format for the Quest assessment scheme has been revealed ahead of its launch date of 1 June. There are significant


changes to the way leisure centres are assessed by Quest, with the aim of making the process more fl exible. T ree new levels have been


introduced: Quest Entry is a one-day, operational assessment aimed at smaller and community sites; Quest Plus is a two-day process, which includes a one-day operational assessment; while Quest Stretch will feature an unannounced day-one assessment, plus a second day focusing on a centre’s approach to measuring impact and outcomes. According to Caroline Constantine, Quest


operations director, there will also be a renewed focus on health and safety.


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T ere are signifi cant changes to the way each club is assessed by Quest “Another new element is that we are


introducing a health and safety threshold score,” she says. “If sites don’t pass this, they won’t pass their assessment. They’ll also have to know the impact their changes have made. For the fi rst time, Quest will ask sites to measure the diff erence they make to their customers’ lives.”


exergaming ‘better’ than traditional fi tness TOM WALKER


An academic study has outlined the benefits of interactive digital gaming (exergaming) and suggested that it could form an alternative to traditional, supervised exercise for children. A study conducted at GoKids Boston – the youth fi tness research and training centre at the University of Massachusetts, US – found that all games used in the study elevated energy expenditure of children to moderate or vigorous intensity. T e report, Energy Cost of


T e study calls for more emphasis to be placed on exergaming


Exergaming, concludes: “Exergaming has the potential to increase physical activity and has a favourable infl uence on energy balance. It may be a viable alternative to traditional fi tness activities for all children.”


The games used in the study included


six products: Dance Dance Revolution, LightSpace (Bug Invasion), Nintendo Wii Boxing, Cybex Trazer (Goalie Wars), Sportwall and Xavix (J-Mat).


£600k overhaul for high peak leisure centres TOM WALKER


High Peak District Council (HPDC) and operator DC Leisure are to embark on a £600,000 revamp of Glossop and New Mills leisure centres next month. Due to run until late July, the 16-week project will provide a number


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of new and refurbished facilities at both sites, including new-look fi tness suites and group exercise studios. Glossop Leisure Centre will also feature a new disabled changing room on the lower fl oor, a revamp of the changing rooms and upgraded access to the upper fl oor.


Chris Lovelock General Manager K2 Leisure Centre


Keiser UK Ltd


0845 612 1102 www.keiseruk.com


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