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400,000+ readers leisure opportunities 29 november – 8 december 2011 ISSUE 568 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Fitness jobs ‘not pushed enough’


Schools are not doing enough to promote careers in the fit- ness industry to young people, according to research carried out by health and education charity Central YMCA. In a survey of young people


at the World Skills event held in London last month, nearly half said they did not have enough information about working in the sector, while a further one in eight young people had no understanding of what training and qualifica- tions would be needed. However, nearly two-fiſths


revealed they were “very” or “quite likely” to consider a career within the health and fitness industry, with nearly a quarter attracted by flexible working hours. Central YMCA Qualifications business


development director Lori Randall said: “It is encouraging that young people are really


London to host 2017 IAAF Championships


London has been selected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) to host the 2017 World Athletics Championships. Te capital, which is currently pre-


paring to host next summer’s Olympic and Paralympic Games, was chosen ahead of Doha, Qatar. following a 16-10 vote of the IAAF Council in Monaco on 11 November. London 2017 president Sebastian


Coe said: “It will be such an honour to host our sport’s showcase event in the Olympic Stadium and realise a per- sonal and professional dream.”


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Randall: “Schools are not providing much in the way of information”


enthusiastic about working in the health and fitness sector, despite our research suggesting schools are not providing much in the way of information about such career options.”


HLF funding for three schemes


The redevelopment of Lews Castle in Stornoway, Scotland, has been named among three heritage schemes to be awarded a share of £9m by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). A £4.6m grant is to go towards the creation


of an integrated museum and archive service for the Outer Hebrides, which will be based at the castle alongside a new hotel venture. Te museum will focus on the Isle of Lewis’


people and their relationship with the land and sea, while displaying archaeological finds and material from the island’s industrial past. Elsewhere, Te Dreamland Trust has secured


£3m from the HLF towards plans for a major transformation of Dreamland Margate into


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Lews Castle was awarded a £4.6m grant by the HLF


a new theme park comprising historic rides, while the third heritage scheme to receive funding is the National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth, which has been awarded £1.4m for the restoration of Storehouse 10.


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‘Educated professionals’ topped the list of trends


ACSM predicts 2012 fitness sector trends


Educated and experienced fitness profes- sionals are the top fitness sector trend for 2012, according to American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) research. Strength training and programmes for


older adults were also included as part of the top five trends, along with exercise as part of weight loss schemes and efforts to tackle childhood obesity. Zumba and dance-based workouts fea-


tured in the top 20 trends for the first time (ninth), as did outdoor activities (14th). Pilates, however, dropped off the list.


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