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HealtH & fitness

Leisure trust takes over former Fitness First club

Kirklees Active Leisure (KAL) has taken over the former Fitness First club at Lockwood Park, Huddersfield. Te club, which has been rebranded as

Lockwood Park Health & Fitness Club, was handed over to the trust on 1 December and all staff have been retained. Existing Fitness First members will be

transferred across to a KAL Memberships in stages, giving them access to gyms, pools and classes across all 12 KAL-operated sites. Details:

Healthy workplace awards revealed

Subsidised gym memberships, massages and fresh fruit in the office are among initiatives that have been recognised at the Healthy Workplace Awards in London. In total, 14 organisations

covering around 50,000 employees were recognised at a ceremony at City Hall last week for their commit- ment to the London Healthy Workplace Charter. The Greater London

Authority is currently work- ing with seven local boroughs to implement the scheme but is hoping to expand it further. Organisations recognised at the awards, included Middlesex University, Guy’s and St. Tomas’ NHS Trust, Deloitte LLP and Other initiatives recognised include

James Watkins has a 20-year-career in healthcare

Mytime Active appoints new health director

Mytime Active has appointed James Watkins as the new director of health services. Watkins has a background in healthcare across the NHS and independent sectors and was previously CEO of social enterprise Community Dental Services. He has spent 20 years in senior health

care leadership roles at organisations including mental healthcare charity St Andrew’s Healthcare, where he was respon- sible for the successful development of five new multi-million pound hospitals.

North Lanarkshire Leisure facing cuts in services

Spending cuts are forcing leisure trust North Lanarkshire Leisure (NLL) to make some difficult choices with its leisure pro- vision. It is proposing to close the Iain Nicolson Recreation Centre and reduce the opening hours at three other swim- ming pools. It has also been proposed that the Aquatec Leisure Pool and Health Suite be converted into a soſt play facility. Other cost savings include a review of overtime payments and swimming teachers’ con- tracts. Details:


establishing stop smoking groups and encour- aging employees to cycle to work, get off the bus a few stops early and use workplace stairs rather than liſts. Victoria Borwick, deputy mayor of London,

says the scheme has obvious personal bene- fits for staff but also has a positive impact on organisations’ financial bottom lines.

Subsidised health club memberships are increasing in popularity An average London firm of around 250

employees loses around £250,000 a year due to sick leave, but staff members who are physi- cally active take 27 per cent fewer sick days than their non-physically active counterparts. One organisation found it reduced absence

through sickness from 6.5 to 3.5 per cent over a two-year period, and another saw staff turnover halve. Te charter was piloted from January to October this year and was based on a framework established by NHS Liverpool. Details:

A million members to vote for club awards

Clubs can now sign up for the 3rd annual Members’ Choice Health Club Awards in partnership with Health Club Management. Since their inception in 2011 the awards have captured the imagination of both clubs and members with winners being selected purely on rat- ings from members. More than 1 million health

club members are expected to have the chance to take part in 2013. Te awards are open to all private health clubs, gyms and leisure centres in the UK and are free to enter (although there’s a £199 fee payable if clubs reach the shortlist stage of the competition). Te competition provides a host of bene-

Te awards gala night will be held in Birmingham during the LIW event

the competition will highlight the efforts of individual members of staff in a category called the People Awards. • Entry to the awards is now open and will

fits including a confidential customer feedback report; a readymade local marketing cam- paign; a staff incentive scheme and a regional and national benchmarking tool. As well as recognising clubs in 12 regions around the UK

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

run until 31 January 2013. Voting will be live from 1 February 2013. The annual awards gala night will again

take place during LIW in September. Visit to find out more.

Twitter: @leisureopps © CYBERTREK 2012

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