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400,000+ READERS leisure opportunities 16 SEP – 29 SEP 2014 ISSUE 641 Daily news & jobs: www.leisureopportunities.co.uk Legal challenge leaves Spurs in stadium limbo


Premier League football club Tottenham Hotspur may be forced to play a season away from home thanks to a legal wrangle over the club’s new stadium development. Plans


for the £400m


58,000-seat stadium, being built next to Tottenham’s current home of White Hart Lane, have been challenged by landowners at the High Court because of a compul- sory purchase order of land that was approved in July. “Te club has revised its


construction programme in order to take the shortest possible time to construct,” said a statement issued by the club on Wednesday 10 September. “Tis now therefore involves the club mov-


Tottenham’s much-delayed new stadium will cost around £400m to develop


ing away from the Lane during construction for a period of one season, to start at the beginning of a season in order to comply with Premier


Fitness First moves to hasten rebrand project


Fitness First will double the pace of its UK and Australia club transforma- tion programme – citing encouraging business results – as the gym chain bids to ignite a roaring recovery. Te company is reporting the first


growth in UK membership since 2009, with revenues up by between 5 to 15 per cent in each of the 19 UK clubs to have been rebranded so far this year, prompting the decisive march forward. As a result, 66 UK clubs and 50 clubs in Australia will be transformed by the end of 2014. Continued on back cover


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League rules.” Te club went on to say it was “undertaking due diligence on alternative sta- dium options,” with Milton Keynes thought to be a likely temporary venue for Spurs, after representatives from the club visited


Center Parcs chief forms consultancy


Don Camilleri, director of construction for Center Parcs, has leſt the UK holiday village company to start his own consultancy firm called Hospitality and Leisure Concepts. Known for his work with Center Parcs to pro-


duce and evolve the five separate Center Parcs within the UK, Camilleri is hoping to branch out and advise a new variety of clients, while still providing support to the leisure village enterprise when needed. Te new consultancy has already gained several clients, including Corinthia Hotels, for which Camilleri is a non- exec director on its QP Management arm board. After completing the latest Center Parcs Woburn Forest, with a multi-sensory Aqua


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Camilleri worked at Center Parcs for 28 years


Sana spa, Camilleri is looking for a new chal- lenge. “I’ve perfected five Center Parcs villages and I believe someone else can take the reins and go further,” he told Leisure Opportunities. Details: http://lei.sr?a=f3Z9C


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the 32,000-seat Stadium mk for the recent Capital One Cup clash between MK Dons and Manchester United. Other options include rotat- ing between Wembley, the Olympic Stadium and Stadium mk, depending on the fixture schedule and avail- ability of the grounds. Earlier this month,


Queens Park Rangers foot- ball club encountered similar problems, with a local car dealership refusing to move in order to make way for the club’s proposed new stadium. For the Tottenham devel- the


opment , club says Archway Sheet Metal Works


and the Josif Family have challenged the decision, which will now go to the High Court, meaning for the 2017-2018 season at least, the club will be without a home. Details: http://lei.sr?a=c4P3N


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