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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 15 november – 28 november 2011 ISSUE 567 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Bolton One scheme moves forward


Construction work on a new £31m healthcare and lei- sure complex in Bolton has reached its latest milestone, with a topping out ceremony marking the completion of the main structure. Facilities at the Nightingale


Associates-designed Bolton One development will include a 25m, eight-lane pool built to the Amateur Swimming Association’s standards for hosting county events. One third of the pool’s


length will incorporate a moveable floor to allow for a range of uses, while a 50sq m (538sq ſt) hydrotherapy pool is also to be included in the complex. Elsewhere, a 70-station fitness suite; a dance/


Representatives from the project’s stakeholders attended the ceremony


aerobics studio; a community gym; and access to the University of Bolton’s sports hall will be on offer in the leisure element. Te healthcare element will feature an out-of-hours service


Women’s sport missing out on deals


A new report published by Te Commission on the Future of Women’s Sport has revealed that women’s sport is “spectacularly missing out” on large sponsorship agreements. Big Deal? Te case for commercial investment


in women’s sport found sponsorship of wom- en’s elite sport in the UK represented just 0.5 per cent of the total market. Men’s sport currently accounts for more than


61.1 per cent and mixed sports the remainder, with the report showing a continuing “chronic lack” of commercial investment. Te value of women’s elite sport has grown just 0.1 per cent between the last valuation and 2010-11, despite the forthcoming London 2012 Games.


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Women’s sport represents 0.5 per cent of the market Commission chair Baroness Tanni Grey-


Tompson said: “It’s disappointing that more brands and rights holders haven’t seized the opportunity to benefit themselves and women’s sport, and help create a lasting legacy.”


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base with treatment rooms; an emergency den- tal service; and a minor injuries unit. Eric Wright Group is the developer of the


new complex, which has been built as the result of a partnership between the university; NHS Bolton; and Bolton Council.


Te Diamond Jubilee will be a key event in 2012


VisitBritain secures £27m of funding support


VisitBritain has secured an additional £27m to promote the UK in key overseas markets and to drive greater numbers of visitors to the country over the next four years. Te money will be invested in campaigns


designed to capitalise on the international attention the UK is to receive in 2012 – the year of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt said that


over the next four years, inbound tourism aims to attract 4.6 million more visitors, spending an additional £2.3bn.


Half a million members set to vote for clubs


Entries are flooding in for the sec- ond Health Club Awards, sponsored by Centrum Performance and backed by Health Club Management. The new annual competition is


unique because the winners are voted for by members, who rate their club on service, facilities and value for money. Tis makes the awards a true mark of each club’s ability to meet cli- ents’ needs and requirements. Simon Brown, who runs the


awards, said: “We’ll find out who’s giving the best membership value in regions around the UK.”


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