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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 28 MAY - 10 JUNE 2013 ISSUE 607 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Riverside given European award


The European Museum Forum (EMF) has awarded the Glasgow’s Riverside Museum: Scotland’s Museum of Transport and Travel, with the European Museum of the Year Award (EMYA) 2013. The EMF Annu a l


Assembly and the Awards Ceremony was hosted by the Gallo Romeins Museum in Tongeren, Belgium – EMYA Winner in 2011. Forty muse- ums applied for the European Museum of the Year Award from 21 countries and 29 were nominated by the EMYA Judging Panel. Te Riverside Museum was chosen because


Worthy will be tasked with leading the UK sector Te museum beat 29 other attractions to pick up the prestigious award


it “demonstrates brilliantly how a specialist transport collection can renew its relevance through active engagement with wider social and universal issues”. Te EMYA 2013 Judging Panel agreed unan-


imously that the museum fulfils the EMYA criteria of ‘public quality’ at the highest level.


Nationwide art exhibition for Scotland


A nation wide, £1m (US$1.5m, €1.17m) contemporary art exhibi- tion in Scotland will be staged at venues across the country over five months to coincide with the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. GENERATION will see new and


existing work shown at more than 50 venues across the country between June and October 2014, showcasing the work of Scottish artists and art- ists whose work has been shaped by Scotland over the past 25 years. Among artists already named are David Shrigley and Lorna MacIntyre.


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Museums are assessed on their public quality, defined by EMF’s founder Kenneth Hudson as “the extent to which a museum satisfies the needs and wishes of its visitors.” • Other awards included The Kenneth


Hudson Award, which was given to Batalha’s Municipal Community Museum, Damão e Diu – Batalha, Portugal, while the MAS Museum aan de Stroom, Antwerp, Belgium received the Silletto Award. Details:


Sport could save government ‘billions’


Using sport to tackle social issues among dis- advantaged young people could save billions of pounds every year, according to a report from Te Sported Foundation, which conducted a research project looking into tackling the prob- lem. Te report – based on research carried out over a period of three years – says that sport has a significant impact on alcohol and drug misuse, decreasing the risk by 19 per cent. It also reduces the likelihood of a young


person taking part in crime or anti-social behaviour by around 15 per cent. Te study looked at around 4,000 sport


development projects across the UK and discovered that using sport to tackle social


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Life Fitness appoints Jason Worthy as new MD


Life Fitness has appointed Jason Worthy as new managing director for the group’s UK business. Worthy is a fitness industry vet- eran, having previously worked with LA Fitness and Fitness First. He was also head of sales at Technogym until 2007. Worthy initially joined Life Fitness in


April 2012 as the general manager for dis- tributor business in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.


Sport can transform lives in underprivileged areas


issues also saw an increase in both educa- tional attainment and attendance. Using sport to tackle social issues saw a 14 per cent increase in health and well being as well as saving £4,714 per young person per year. Details:


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