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fitness job ‘ban’ for non-eu migrants tom walker


UK companies will find it increasingly hard to recruit non-EU immigrants as fitness instructors and exercise staff. A review of the country’s skill shortages


by the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has recommended changes in the current points system, with a number of fitness-related jobs being affected. MAC has concluded that many jobs within the sector are “non-skilled” and therefore do not qualify for Tier 2 status, making it harder for immigrants to get work permits.


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Leisure trust GLL has launched a healthy living campaign targeting residents in Tower Hamlets, one of the most deprived areas in London. The ‘Jump Start’ scheme


is a new physical activity referral scheme delivered in partnership between GLL, NHS Tower Hamlets and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. It will see local health professionals refer patients with existing health conditions – such as coronary heart disease, stroke and asthma – as well as those at risk of developing health conditions – to attend tailor-made, low- cost, personal exercise programmes including circuit training, aqua classes, healthy walks and gym-based sessions. Once a patient is referred to Jump Start, a dedicated team of GLL exercise


Refurbishment will transform the ageing facility


isle of wight leisure centre set for revamp pete hayman


Plans for the refurbishment of Heights Leisure Centre in Sandown, Isle of Wight, have been given the green light. Isle of Wight Council (IWC) says


its decision to approve the project was a ‘business-driven’ one, designed to enhance leisure provision and reduce running costs. A new Tone Zone will be constructed to the rear of the building; two squash courts are set to be converted into activity space; and the remainder of the centre will be overhauled.


NEWS gll launches jump start scheme


Te scheme aims to increase the number of exercise referrals in the area


specialists will assess them on a regular basis, as well as being on-hand to offer advice on exercise, diet and healthy lifestyles. All progress is monitored and GLL will take account of current fitness levels and special requirements when devising individual programmes.


weight loss franchise to launch in the uk tom walker


Fitness industry veteran Nic Jarvis is to launch the Swedish weight-loss programme Xtravaganza in the UK. Te Xtravaganza model is based on helping


clients to achieve long-term behavioural change, resulting in permanent weight loss. Using the principle of four ‘guiding


stars’ for lifestyle change – Mind Training, Mental Nourishment, Good Energy and Joy by Movement – the programme is aimed at equipping members with lifestyle and wellness skills. Jarvis, who has more than 28 years’ fitness industry experience, says he is targeting health clubs to take up Xtravaganza and add it to their services.


Te concept will be introduced to the UK by Nic Jarvis “Health clubs, like most businesses in the


UK, are feeling the pinch of the economic climate and need to be looking at alternative avenues to bring in profits,” he says.


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