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Anytime Fitness expands portfolio with Crawley club

US-based health club operator Anytime Fitness is continuing its UK expansion with the opening of a new club in Crawley in June. Te 3,200sq ſt (297sq m) gym, located in Crawley Town centre, will be equipped with Precor gym equipment and be open 24-hours a day, seven days a week, with a security-access key allowing members to enter the club even when it is not staffed. Te club will be operated by entrepre-

neur James Ussher on a franchise model. Details:

Kidderminster centre given go ahead

Plans for a new £10.1m lei- sure centre in Kidderminster have moved forward after Wyre Forest District Council’s (WFDC) planning committee green lighted the project. Te proposal for the for-

mer Victoria Sports Ground include a 25-metre six-lane pool, a learner pool, fitness suite, six-court sports hall and outdoor football pitches. Other facilities will include fitness and dance studios. “Tis project is about pro-

viding first class leisure and sports facilities in a mod- ern energy efficient building, whilst saving the council money,” said WFDC cabinet member Ian Hardiman. “We’re delighted to have outline planning

Proposals for the centre include both indoor and outdoor facilities Concerns had been raised due to the loca-

permission. Our next steps are to finalise the purchase of the land and in June we will be inviting companies to tender for contracts.”

Athletes Shauna Mullin and Zara Dampney

David Lloyd launches Volleybody classes

David Lloyd Leisure has announced it will be the first major fitness operator to intro- duce Volleybody, created in the wake of last year’s Olympic Games. Aimed at people with good levels of fit-

ness, the class takes inspiration from three core moves used in beach volleyball – defending, hitting and blocking. Designed by British Beach Volleyball strength and condi- tioning coach Kate Eddy and team members Zara Dampney and Shauna Mullin, the hour-long sessions are performed to music. Details:

CEO of the year award for Gym Group’s John Treharne

John Treharne, chief executive of Te Gym Group, has been named CEO of the Year in the South East by the British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA). Te award was one of seven presented

as part of the South East final of the BVCA Management Team Awards, pro- duced in partnership with Clearwater Corporate Finance, which celebrates the achievements of companies backed by private equity and venture capital. Details:


tion being isolated and buses not running on Sundays or bank holidays, but WFDC have said that they have made plans to meet with the bus companies to try and persuade them to run more services. Details:

£17.9m Splashpoint leisure centre opens

Te new £17.9m Splashpoint leisure complex has opened to the public in Worthing, West Sussex. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, the centre has replaced the former Aquarena venue. The scheme was project

managed by Deloitte Real Estate on behalf of Worthing Borough Council following a RIBA design competition in 2009. Facilities include a six lane, 25m competition pool and a learner/diving pool, an indoor leisure pool with flume and play facilities, an outdoor paddling pool, a 100-station health and fitness centre and two multi-use studios. Tere is also a luxurious spa and wellness

Te Splashpoint centre has been designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects Splashpoint has a BREEAM rating of Very

area with steamroom, heat beds, sauna and treatment rooms.

Good and design features include a sloping copper roof, intended to weather with the environment and compliment the natural sur- roundings. Details:

Thanet Leisureforce and Vista Leisure merge

Tanet Leisureforce and Vista Leisure have merged to form Your Leisure Kent Limited. Te company will remain a social enter-

prise with charitable objectives managing a range of leisure and hospitality services within the Tanet and Dover districts. Te

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two non-profit organisations have worked closely together since 2010 and the merger will improve the sustainability of leisure provision in East Kent as well as extending the range of services and facilities available for customers. Details:

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