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news and jobs updated daily on www.healthclubmanagement.co.uk edited by tom walker. email: tomwalker@leisuremedia.com FIA CEO calls for unity on legacy


Fitness Industry Association (FIA) CEO David Stalker has called on all political parties and stakeholders across the leisure sector to join forces to ensure a lasting legacy from the 2012 London Olympics. In a passionate blog post,


Stalker heralded the Olympics as a “magical event” and added that to squander the chance of benefiting from the mood created by the Games would be “criminally negligent”. Stalker added: “Creating a


lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games is too important for knee-jerk decisions and party political positioning. “Even before the Games, we learnt that


Stalker says the Games’ legacy is “too important” for party politicking


that they pick up the phone to each other and tackle this challenge hand-in-hand.” St a lker a l so of fered s e ven ke y


Tony Blair was to return as a policy advisor to Labour on legacy. Yesterday we had the announcement that Seb Coe would take up the same role for the government. My hope is


recommendations for legacy plans, which include ensuring that the thousands of volunteers who helped make the Games aren’t “lost” as a resource. Details: http://lei.sr?a=d8D3w


New report: ‘Never too late to exercise’


A new study has shown that middle-aged adults who regularly engage in leisure- time physical activity for more than a decade may benefit from lower levels of inflammation in later life – and, as a result, suffer fewer heart problems. The research, which


was funded by University College London and published in the latest issue of the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, also suggests that it is especially important for older people to be active to prevent heart disease. For the study, more than 4,200 participants


The gym includes a 40 stations of Precor CV kit


£6m Godalming Leisure Centre opens its doors


Waverley Borough Council has opened the new £6m Godalming Leisure Centre, which took just over a year to complete. ISG delivered the Pozzoni-designed


facility, which is operated by DC Leisure and houses a 60-station gym – 40 stations of which are Precor cardio equipment. The rest of the first-floor fitness suite


contains around 20 stations of resistance equipment from Technogym, with users able to tailor sessions to tone, build up muscle and improve general fitness. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=g1o8N


The research has underlined the importance of exercise in older people


in the UK with an average age of 49 reported the duration and frequency of their leisure- time physical activities – such as brisk


walking, vigorous gardening, cycling and sports. Results showed active participants at baseline had lower C-reactive protein and interleukin-6 levels – two proteins in the blood whose increased levels indicate inflammation. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=Z6d8L


Technogym kits out £26m Inspire: Luton centre


The new £26m Inspire: Luton Sports Village has opened. Active Luton will manage the new complex, which was designed by S&P Architects and incorporates an Olympic-size 50m swimming pool, a competition-standard diving structure and a health club.


september 2012 © cybertrek 2012 The gym features a 100-station Technogym


fitness suite, a Technogym group cycle room and a group exercise space for dancing classes as well as an aerobics studio. It also houses the Bedfordshire town’s largest sports hall. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p2P3g


Upgrade programme for Redditch leisure facilities


Redditch leisure centres are to undergo a programme of improvements, while also offering reduced prices on some membership packages, under plans unveiled by the local authority. Arrow Vale Sports Centre will see new


CV and strength kit in its fitness suite, which is also to be redecorated under Redditch Borough Council proposals. The centre will now offer exercise-to-music classes in an expanded membership package, which is being cut from £22 to £16 a month. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=U7E5H


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£750,000 investment planned for Rugeley facility


Wigan Leisure and Cultural Trust is planning to invest £750,000 in extending and improving the fitness offer at Staffordshire’s Rugeley Leisure Centre. A Profiles Health and Fitness Suite is to


be introduced, with the extension adding 130sq m (1,399sq ft) to the gym – creating a total floorspace of 379sq m (4,080sq ft). The fitness suite will contain 80 pieces


of Technogym equipment if approved, with the trust having submitted its plans for the scheme to Cannock Chase Council. Read more: http://lei.sr?a=I5I7X


IMAGE: WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL


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