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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 08 JULY – 21 JUL 2014 ISSUE 636 Daily news & jobs: Fitness industry toasts top talent at Flame Awards

The cream of the health and fitness industry gath- ered in Telford last week, as 14 awards and three special accolades were distributed at the glamorous Flame Awards. Te ceremony took place

on 2 July at the Telford International Centre, held in conjunction with ukactive’s annual Flame Conference. This year’s event under-

went a shake-up to better reflect how the leisure sec- tor has evolved, as well as to create opportunities for clubs, industry suppliers and stakeholders to celebrate how their work impacts health. Te Flame Awards 2014,

Training sealing the gong. “Every year the quality of

entrants just gets better and better. Te Flame awards win- ners are undeniably the best of the best and a credit to our sector,” said ukactive CEO Dave Stalker. “The Flame awards assessment process is known for being the most rigorous in the industry, so to go home with the top prize in your category is the ultimate endorsement of hard work, dedication and excellence.” Prior to the awards cere-

Te awards and winners’ champagne in place before the 800-person dinner kicked off

sponsored by Matrix, saw the introduction of new awards and, for the first time, operators and suppliers went up against each other in a number of new categories. Tese new catego- ries included ‘Workplace Wellbeing’, ‘Shaping

Blow for Stelios, as float falls well short of target

easyJet founder Sir Stelios Haji- Ioannou’s ambitions for a successful public offering of his easyHotel busi- ness have been dented, after the discount hotel chain fell well short of its initial fundraising target. Weakening investor sentiment

saw the company raise roughly £30m ahead of its debut on London’s alter- native investment market (AIM), despite outlining in May hopes to attract up to £60m to fund expansion. Te IPO is Haji-Ioannou’s first since

he took easyJet to market 14 years ago. Details:



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the Future Generation’, ‘Go Green’ and ‘Go Outdoors’. Another addition was the ‘Supplier of the Year’ award, a category which gave sup- pliers the opportunity to put themselves forward against the best in the sector, with Lifetime

One Direction star in Doncaster buyout

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson has announced a deal to buy English League One side Doncaster Rovers – the club that he has supported ever since his childhood. Tomlinson – who is taking over the foot-

ball club alongside former chairman John Ryan – has immediately launched a £2m crowdfund- ing campaign to attract the cash needed for a double promotion push towards Premier League status. Te pop star hit headlines late last month, by announcing he would offer fans the chance of a ‘selfie’ with himself for £250 as part of the campaign to raise some cash. “For me, this is all about the football, the community and restoring excitement and desire

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Tomlinson is a lifelong Doncaster Rovers fan

to making Doncaster Rovers the most excit- ing club to play for in Yorkshire,” said the One Directioner, who drew crowds when he played for the club’s reserve side earlier this year. Details:

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mony, ukactive announced that its charity of the year for 2014 is Special Olympics GB. Former foot-

ball star and manager Lawrie McMenemy was on hand to represent the charity, giv- ing a speech along with its director and former Special Olympian, Greg Silvester. Continued on back cover

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