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New initiative to train 50,000 ‘sport leaders’

A new community sport initiative will look to train up 50,000 young people as sport leaders as part of efforts to increase the number of young people who take part in physical activity. The scheme will be run as a partnership between Asda Community Life, Sports Leaders UK, ukactive and Spirit of 2012 Trust. Young people taking part in the initiative

will be offered Sports Leaders UK courses and qualifications.The aim is to increase the number of sports leaders’ volunteering hours from 640,000 to 1 million. Details:

A series of recent studies have added credence to the notion that physical activity is far more effective than mental exercises such as crosswords in staving off dementia. It’s been a long-held

belief that keeping the mind active is the best way to fight cognitive decline – with a series of recent ‘brain training’ computer games cashing in on the notion – but researchers say that money would be better spent in the gym, where results can be instant. A notable study from the

UK NEWS Exercise can stave off dementia

Regular exercise can knock almost two years off your brain’s ‘age’

University of Pittsburgh, in the US, showed the immediate positive effect brisk outdoor walks had on the brains of middle-aged and elderly men and women, compared to those who were inactive. Focusing on those aged 55 to 80, researchers found that the regular workouts increased the size of the hippocampus – the

The Clubbercise concept is due to launch in Xercise4Less and Winners 2000 clubs this month

Rave-inspired dance class concept goes nationwide

A new rave-inspired dance fitness brand, which sees participants workout with glow sticks, has launched throughout the UK. Clubbercise – the brainchild of former

nightclub podium dancer Claire Green – is led by qualified instructors who put classes through their paces in a darkened room with disco lighting and a soundtrack of songs from 90s to recent club anthems. Instructor training courses have taken

place in London and Leeds, with classes underway in Birmingham, Doncaster, and Oxford. Details:

£500,000 redevelopment underway at Green Bank Work has

£19m Everyone Active Acton centre opens

Ealing Council’s £19m redevelopment of Acton Town Hall in west London is complete, with the new leisure centre opened at the end of April after 22 months of construction. The comprehensive redesign – drawn up by

S&P Architects and carried out by Willmott Dixon – has resulted in the addition of a 100-station gym, eight-lane 25m swimming pool, 12m training pool with movable floor, two dance studios, multi-purpose rooms and a library. The gym has been kitted out with the Precor

started on a £500,000

redevelopment at Green Bank Leisure Centre in Swadlincote, South Derbyshire. The improvements will see a new,

30-station cycling studio being added, while the gym, sauna and changing areas will be renovated over the next six months. The redevelopment of the community

leisure centre – operated by Active Nation on behalf of South Derbyshire District Council (SDDC) – is being funded by Sport England, SDDC and Active Nation. Details:


Experience Series range – including treadmills, upright and recumbent bikes and cross- trainers – alongside Concept2 rowers. There’s also Precor Vitality Series strength equipment, Wattbikes, Power Plate machines and Trixter bikes, as well as a new dedicated functional training area with an X Cube and Total Gym equipment for small group GRAVITY training. “Huge amounts of work have gone into

this project, which will bring first-class sport and leisure facilities to the borough and give

Everyone Active will operate the newly redeveloped centre on behalf of Ealing Council

local people all the amenities they need to achieve their health and fitness goals,” says Duncan Jefford, south east regional director at Everyone Active, which will operate the facility on behalf of Ealing Council. Details:

The Gym Group rockets up the profit charts

The Gym Group has taken 16th place in a Sunday Times financial league table ranking companies according to growth in profits over the last three years. It’s the only operator in the list from the health and fitness sector, reinforcing the notion

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that the budget end of the health club market is best-placed for growth. The Gym Group has grown its profits by an annual average of 91 per cent over the last three years. Profits topped £3.7m in 2013 alone, on sales of £22.6m. Details:

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brain’s memory hub – knocking almost two years off its biological age. Whereas the brain usually shrinks with age by around one per cent per year, the brains of the men and women who exercised by walking for 40 minutes three times a week expanded by up to two per cent. Details:

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