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News and jobs updated daily on Edited by Tom Walker. Email: DLL opens second PT studio

David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has opened its second DL Studio site – a high street- based concept offering personal training services for time-poor clients of all fitness levels – in Winchester. The studios provide one-

to-one personal training sessions, exercise classes and group training run by DLL- qualified instructors. There are no fixed memberships, with clients given a variety of options to purchase blocks of three or 10 sessions, or to pay monthly. DL Studio Winchester manager Alastair

Crew says: “I’m looking forward to bringing this new studio concept to Winchester. “I’m excited by the positive response

we’ve received so far and I can’t wait to start helping the people of Winchester move towards their fitness goals.”

Ofsted recommends national strategy on PE

A report released by Ofsted recommends the government develop a new national strategy on PE and sports in schools, with teaching in more than a quarter of schools not improving pupils’ fitness levels. The Beyond 2012 report, released on 14

February, found PE and sport had benefited from “considerable” investment over the past decade, but said the Department of Education needed to harness momentum from the Olympics and Paralympics. According to the report, one-fifth of

Long distance runner Louise Damen (left) opened the second DL Studio The inaugural DL Studio opened in Putney,

London, and a third is planned for the centre of London. DLL is investing £500,000 in the three initial sites. Typically sized 1,500– 2,500sq ft, there’s also a retail area selling sports and nutritional products, including exercise equipment, healthy snacks and supplements. Details:

Trial phase begins for aquatic register

The Register of Aquatic Professionals (RAPs) has officially been launched into its pilot phase. Owned and operated by

SkillsActive, the scheme has been developed in partnership with employers and looks to provide verification that those working in the sector are fully qualified to perform their roles. It will also bring together three awarding organisations – Amateur Swimming Association (ASA), Swimming Teachers Association (STA) and Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) – for the first time to work towards the development of one single qualification structure for each aquatic role. It is hoped that increased professionalism and standards will lead to increased

primary schools did not ensure all pupils learnt to swim, many teachers lacked specialist PE knowledge, and only a minority of schools played competitive sport to a high level. Her Majesty’s chief inspector Sir Michael

Wilshaw said PE lessons often did not involve enough strenuous activity. “In many of the schools that were visited for the report, the more able pupils were not challenged sufficiently during classes because teachers’ expectations of them were simply too low.” Details:

The centre has a new 95-station, £2.8m gym The scheme will initially be rolled out across England and then UK-wide

participation in swimming in Britain, benefitting both the industry and the sport. The four-month pilot period will initially

cover England, with plans to roll the scheme out across the UK. RAPs will formally launch in the summer. Details:

Liverpool university gym opens after £5m revamp

University of Liverpool’s Sport & Fitness Centre has re-opened with more than 100 new pieces of equipment as part of a £5m project to improve the university’s sports facilities. The revamped fitness centre features more than 100 new pieces of Cybex cardio and

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strength training equipment, as well as an advanced strength training area. The training area includes Cybex power racks, adjustable, incline and decline benches, alongside plate- loaded equipment and Cybex’s Bravo Functional Trainer. Details:

£2.8m fitness suite opens in Rhondda Cynon Taf

Llantrisant Leisure Centre in Rhondda Cynon Taf, Wales, has undergone a major revamp of its facilities. The development at Llantrisant Leisure

Centre forms part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s wider £6m refurbishment programme to provide improved leisure facilities across the county borough. Improvements at the centre include a new

95-station, £2.8m gym equipped with Life Fitness equipment, including the Lifescape station, which aims to bring workouts to life through outdoor adventures that include interactive, high-definition hikes and runs. Integrated machine controls adjust video speed and resistance to match the terrain. Details:

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