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Work underway on £10m Surrey leisure centre

Aſter months of planning, work has begun on a new multi-million pound leisure and youth skills centre in Preston, Surrey. Pellikaan Construction will be bringing

the plans from S&P Architects to life, with work starting on 23 June and expected to be fully completed in late summer 2015. The £10m centre is a joint venture

between Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and the Surrey County Council and is to be operated by GLL. It will fea- ture a 25m (82ſt) six-lane swimming pool, a teaching pool, a 60-station gym, plus a dance and exercise studio. Te centre will also boast a four-court sports hall and foot- ball pitches. Details:

Gyms should “learn from Parkour”

Despite the growing shift towards functional training, health clubs can still learn plenty more from Parkour, according to one of the early pioneers of the movement. During his aſternoon ses-

sion at ukactive’s 2014 Flame Conference in Telford, Sébastien Foucan – who famously showcased his high- octane skills in the opening sequence to James Bond film Casino Royale – espoused the benefits Parkour and related movements like freerunning can offer in terms of promot- ing physical activity. Revealing that he has a

Foucan showcased his skills in the opening scenes of Casino Royale

chronic fear of heights, Foucan likened the battle to overcome physical activity to his struggles conquering his phobia in order to perform the complex sequence of stunts that saw him do battle with Daniel Craig on top of a crane. “We need to help (inactive) people to not be ruled by fear and help them turn obsta- cles into stepping stones,” he said. “We’re born to walk, climb and jump as a human species and Parkour embraces all of these movements.”

Pulse supplied MoD sites like Buckingham Palace

Pulse supplies MoD with £2m worth of fitness gear

Supplier Pulse has stolen a march on com- petitors by providing £2m worth of fitness equipment to the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force in its first year as an approved supplier to the Ministry of Defence (MoD). The armed forces placed orders for

equipment across 130 sites to help keep troops in peak physical condition. The company worked closely with the

MoD, modifying several pieces of equipment to make them more suitable for the fitness needs of the armed forces. Adaptations have included adding fitness testing programmes to the CV range, extending the weight stacks and increasing the top speed of its treadmills. Over the last 12 months, equipment

including free weights, CV machines, resis- tance machines and functional training kit has been supplied to military bases in Cyprus, Germany and the UK. UK installs include RAF Marham, RAF Falklands, HMS Dauntless, Bassingbourn Barracks and even the prestigious Royal Guards room at Buckingham Palace. Pulse won a three year contract to be an official supplier in April 2013. Details:

4 Tesco targets fitness with new food plans

Supermarket chain Tesco is to con- tinue its push into the health and fitness market, with a new range of healthy food options in a similar vein to those that are offered by Weight Watchers and Slimming World. Having previously paired up with

Xercise4Less to offer an instore gym, and later provided a community yoga space at the Tesco Extra store in Watford, the supermarket’s latest incursion comes in the form of low- fat food range My Fit Lifestyle. Launching initially across 50 stores

in London, My Fit Lifestyle zones will be set up in Tesco stores and online, with products colour-coded according to five different calorie bands, allowing cus- tomers to see which fit their personal plans. Products in the range include Tai prawn

and rice soup, grapefruit and orange with yoghurt and granola, plus feta and bulgar wheat chickpea salad. Customers will be encouraged to sign up to the My Fit Lifestyle eating plan on, where they can list their goals and receive a plan to match, and choose meals to fit in with their plan.

Read Leisure Opportunities online: CEO Jill Easterbrook says customers want to be healthier “We know our customers are looking for us

to help them lead healthier lives and My Fit lifestyle is another sign of our commitment to help shoppers live more healthily,” said Jill Easterbrook, chief customer officer at Tesco. “By combining fresh, healthy, delicious meals with a personal eating plan, we can support our customers and help them achieve their health and well-being goals.” Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps © CYBERTREK 2014 On future collaborations with the health and

fitness industry, Foucan noted the influence of Parkour could be seen already in the pop- ularity of functional training, but added the industry “still has much to learn from Parkour,” particularly in developing fluid movements to connect each isolated exercise. He said society needs “to stop containing things” and embrace the free spirit of Parkour to take activity into all environments. Details:

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