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leisure opportunities 1 OCTOBER – 14 OCTOBER 2013 ISSUE 616 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Too many ‘dreadful’ health club managers says Terry


Speaking at the awards ceremony for the third annual Members’ Choice Health Club Awards during Leisure Industry Week in Birmingham, Liz Terry, edi- torial director of Health Club Management magazine said there are too many ‘dreadful’ managers running the UK’s health clubs. Terry said industry leaders


must make radical changes to the way managers are trained and the career development available to them if the industry is to prosper. “Health and fitness,


wellness and sport will become key industries of the future, globally,” she said. “Te opportunities to engage people with exercise and wellbe- ing are huge and exciting and one of the only thing holding us back is bad management. “It isn’t always the managers’ fault – in some


Merlin named ‘Britain’s best Brand 2013’


Merlin Entertainments has been named ‘Britain’s Best Brand 2013’ – an award which is linked to the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200, a table which ranks Britain’s mid- market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Dr Hamish Stevenson, founder


of research and networking firm Fastrack, said: “Not only has Merlin seen phenomenal growth but the group has done this by building a portfolio of strong, distinctive global visitor attraction brands.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=f7h4s


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Liz Terry said a shake-up is needed in the way health club managers are trained


cases the companies which employ them have over-promoted them to save money or failed to train them and this has to stop,” she said. “As an industry, we need to set clear pathways for managers who trust us with their careers. We


‘Compact athletics facilty’ launched


Te world’s first Compact Athletics Facility (CAF), designed to allow track and field facili- ties to be built in places where there is limited space, has opened in Hackney, south London. A joint initiative by England Athletics and


Sport England, the £370,000 facility at Stoke Newington School includes a sprint straight, a long jump straight and pit, a high jump area, a throws area and a running trail. Te concept has been designed with com-


munity engagement in mind and is part of its successful Run! project, which has been linked to a significant number of people taking part in athletics in the capital prior to and since the 2012 London Games.


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must invest in them, develop them and pay them fairly. It isn’t good enough just to pro- mote the most willing gym instructor.” The Members’ Choice


Health Club Awards are presented in partnership with Health Club Management and are the only industry awards entirely voted for by the members of health clubs. Te awards’ aim is to celebrate excellence. “You’re among the cream of the managers in this industry,” Terry told the 320 assembled guests at the event, which was hosted by the National Motorcycle Museum. “Your


customers have told you that themselves – being shortlisted for this award is proof you’re doing loads of things right. Congratulations.” Winners are listed here: http://lei.sr?a=x6r6t Continued on back cover


Te facility was opened by Christine Ohuruogu There are plans to set up further CAFs


to help increase access to athletics in cities and rural areas up and down the country. Details: http://lei.sr?a=d9m8v


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