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Digital legacy service Spogo to launch this month


A new online resource offering the public an easy way to find sporting opportunities will launch in July as part of digital legacy plans for the 2012 Olympic Games. Spogo will be delivered by SportEngland


and the Fitness Industry Association (FIA) and is to be fully operational in time for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to David Stalker, FIA CEO,


Spogo will make searching and finding physical activities as simple as other consumer-friendly online services. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=g5N4P


Fitness First has announced plans to sell 67 UK gyms and has initiated a Company Voluntary Arrangement (CVA) as par t of its restructuring process. It’s expected that the


CVA – to be supervised by KPMG and designed to allow the business to restructure its lease agreements – will take approximately three weeks to complete. According to KPMG, the


main components of the CVA include the continued trading of all Fitness First clubs, with 57 gyms retained at current rents paid monthly for three years, rather than quarterly. A further five gyms will be retained at a


reduced equivalent monthly rate of 65 per cent over the three-year period before returning to market-based rent. The leases to 18 other UK facilities will remain unaffected.


A 120-station fitness gym is included in the plans


North Kensington leisure centre plans submitted


Plans for a new leisure centre and academy in north Kensington, London, have been submitted to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. London-based Studio E have drawn up


proposals on behalf of the local authority, having been selected from a shortlist of six design practices late last year. The leisure centre element will feature


a 120-station fitness suite with the option to partition the space, a room for group cycling classes and two fitness studios. Details: http://lei.sr?a=g0l6D


New exercise therapy room for Lincoln leisure centre


A exercise therapy and consultation room has been unveiled at Lincoln leisure centre, following a £30,000 investment by the City of Lincoln Council and Active Nation. The Birchwood Leisure Centre room was


created using existing budgets and equipment, with funding from NHS Lincolnshire to offer a space for low-impact sessions. Three Power Plate machines have been


installed, while the exercise therapy and consultation room also includes a private exercise space and a consultation area. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=I4D0X


8 UK health & fitness sector worth £3.86bn


The fitness industry increased its total market value by 1.4 per cent to £3.86bn during the year to March 2012, according to the 2012 State of the UK Fitness Industry report. The figures mean that –


over the past three years – the sector’s total market value is up 2.4 per cent, while there has been an increase of 3.6 per cent in membership and a 1.8 per cent growth in the total number of facilities. At the end of March 2012,


12.1 per cent of the UK population were registered as members of a health and fitness club or publicly-owned fitness facility – compared with 11.9 per cent in March 2011. A total of 163 new public and private facilities opened during the year to 31 March 2012 – an


The report found that membership and facility numbers have increased


increase on previous years (149 in 2011, 122 in 2010 and 114 openings in 2009). The report is compiled by independent


analysts The Leisure Database Company. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=k8k1r


Minister: “Coaches key to 2012 legacy success”


Sports coaches and fitness professionals will play a critical part in creating a lasting physical activity legacy after the London 2012 Games, says sports minister Hugh Robertson. Speaking at the annual UK Coaching Summit on 28 May, Robertson said the Games


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


provide a chance “like never before” to raise the profile of sports coaching. He said: “Behind all great athletes there stands a great coach. We need more people to take on these roles.” Over 1.1 million people are involved in coaching in the UK; 76 per cent are volunteers.


july 2012 © cybertrek 2012 Clubs being sold are likely to be transferred to other operators The clubs being sold are expected to be


transferred to other operators in “most cases”, with members able to move contracts to the new owners at no extra cost. Among the Fitness First gyms to be sold


include sites in Birmingham, Chelmsford, Derby, Newcastle and Stevenage, as well as five Klick-branded sites across northern England.


NEWS Fitness First to sell 67 UK clubs


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