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CIMSPA team in place to implement transformation


The Chartered Inst itute for the


Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has appointed a transitional management team to restructure the organisation in line with the business plan approved by members in November. The team is charged with delivering


the radical business plan to position the institute as the strategic lead for professional development. It is comprised of interim COO Tara Dillon – from IQL UK – supported by Spencer Moore and Ben Gittus, from Amateur Swimming Association and SkillsActive respectively. Details: http://lei.sr?a=B7v5n


Online gym pass provider payasUgym has announced a £1.6m raft of venture capital funding as it seeks to continue growth across the UK market. The investment, led by


Albion Ventures and MMC Ventures with additional suppor t


f rom exist ing


investors, brings total investment in the company to date to £3.5m. The funding will be used


to strengthen payasUgym’s position in the UK market and to launch new products and services – including a new tool enabling customers to compare and directly book fitness classes all over the UK. Partnering with well-known brands such as


Virgin Active, Pure Gym, énergie and Hilton Livingwell, the payasUgym.com website now provides consumers with access to one in three of all UK health clubs and gyms.


Swimming participation is up across Dundee


Dundee aquatic facility spurs city-wide swimming


The number of people in Dundee taking part in swimming has jumped 17.5 per cent, with the boom being attributed to the city’s £31m Olympia development. The swimming centre opened in June


2013 and has been an instant hit. City figures show that, between April and December, an average of more than three swimming trips were taken per resident. The jump in numbers highlights the


health benefits investments in single facilities can have on a wider city. Details: http://lei.sr?a=m7k9F


Correlation in activity levels between mums and kids


The more active a mother is, the more active her child is likely to be, according to new research published in Pediatrics. Researchers from Cambridge and


Southampton worked together to observe the patterns of 554 mothers and four-year- olds over a period of seven days. Experts used heart rate monitors and an


accelerometer to measure levels of physical activity, with the results showing a direct, positive association between physical activity in children and their mothers. Details: http://lei.sr?a=z8q4D


10 Obesity doc: Hurt feelings must be ignored


A leading leisure industry medical advisor has said doctors need to ditch concerns about hurting obese patients’ feelings and be more proactive in prescribing exerci se and weight management programmes. Dr Davina Deniszczyc,


GP and medical director of wellbeing for Nuffield Health, was commenting on a new report that found as many as six million overweight UK citizens could be at risk of life-threatening illnesses as they’re unaware of the extent of their obesity. The research from Nuffield Health – the


payasUgym co-founders Jamie Ward (left) and Neil Harmsworth “We’ve built a strong and dedicated network


of angel investors who have loyally supported us so far, and now we’re entering a new stage that requires ‘next-level’ investors,” says payasUgym CEO Jamie Ward, who founded the company in 2010 with Neil Harmsworth. Details: http://lei.sr?a=b4H7G


UK NEWS payasUgym attracts VC funding


The study of 3,126 adults highlighted ignorance of obesity health risks “As healthcare professionals, we need to


UK’s largest healthcare charity – found nearly half of clinically obese patients (44 per cent) have no concerns that they are at risk of serious illness or premature death due to their weight.


prioritise the health of our patients over the risk of ‘hurt feelings’ caused by a frank and open conversation about their weight,” says Dr Deniszczyc, adding that such talks aren’t currently taking place. Details: http://lei.sr?a=J4U9j


Derelict bowling alley to become £6m hotel and gym


Work has begun on a new £6m hotel and gym facility in Harrogate town centre. Pure Gym and Travelodge will occupy the mixed-use development, occupying a 70-bedroom hotel and a 16,900sq ft gym facility respectively. Leeds-based Gregory Property Group


Read Health Club Management online at healthclubmanagement.co.uk/digital


bought the former bowling alley in 2011 and secured planning approval to redevelop the site in February 2013. It had already secured a 25-year lease with Travelodge and had agreed a 15-year lease with Pure Gym for the fitness facility. Details: http://lei.sr?a=t2j8i


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