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Fit For Sport strengthens team


Children’s activity provider Fit For Sport has strengthened its management team with two appointments to support ongoing expansion. Anita De Villiers has joined the company


as head of children’s experience, tasked with ensuring Fit For Sport’s programmes and activities, both in and out of schools, remain innovative, progressive and fun. De Villiers brings a broad range of experience from her previous role as national children’s manager at Virgin Active where she worked for 13 years. Meanwhile, Jack Shakespeare has been


promoted to head of training and development to drive Fit For Sport’s children’s activity programming. He also leads the Fit For Sport training academy, responsible for the quality of delivery of its vocational training and CPD programmes. Shakespeare has been with the company for seven years, working from the ground up – initially as an activity leader in its schools and Kids Camp services – and more recently as national training manager. “Anita and Jack combine to extend our resources with their respective valuable skills,


Anita De Villiers and Jack Shakespeare


experience and ideas,” said Dean Horridge, CEO and founder of Fit For Sport, and the recently appointed chair of Compass. “We are pushing on several fronts to make children’s activity a top priority in the UK and their fresh ideas and additional perspectives on our work will be crucial to our next phase of growth.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=d5c7E


Talley swaps LA for Everyone Active


Everyone Active has appointed Mark Talley as its new group fitness development manager, with a brief of introducing new products, ideas and technology to aid customer retention and drive the company forward. Talley will also work with Everyone


Active’s operational teams to ensure business objectives are met and implemented in a consistent way across the organisation. With more than 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry, Talley arrives from LA fitness, where he was fitness director and has subsequently been replaced by Sam Theyers (see right). Prior to LA, Talley held a variety of senior operational, product development and managerial roles at organisations including Marriott, Thistle Hotels, Holmes Place, Esporta and Fusion Lifestyle. “We are very pleased to have Mark join our team and believe he has all the qualities to continue driving our business and success,” said Everyone Active MD David Bibby.


Theyers has worked in Dubai and NZ


LA fitness promotes Sam Theyers to head fitness


Talley arrives from gym chain LA fitness “Everyone Active is currently going from


strength to strength and Mark’s experience and proven track record of successful delivery will be key to supporting our continued development and growth.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=q6Y4U


Jo Monkhouse makes the leap to Leisure-net


Leisure-net Solutions has appointed Jo Monkhouse as a data insight manager, a role that will see her supporting clients to maximise the outcomes of the data they generate. Monkhouse has spent the last 13 years working with Everyone Active (SLM), initially


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as a membership manager looking after the direct debits and membership for all sites. She went on to work in IT and later marketing, as well as being heavily involved in the User Acceptance Testing of online membership. Details: http://lei.sr?a=M6v7n


LA fitness has promoted Sam Theyers to the role of national head of fitness for the 47-club chain, filling the void left by Mark Talley’s recent departure (see left). Theyers, who has been with LA fitness


since April 2013, took up his new role on 1 October, after enjoying a successful year as regional sales manager for the south. He has been in the industry for nearly


15 years, starting as a PT and group fitness instructor with Les Mills in his native New Zealand. Theyers has a BA in Exercise Prescription, Management and Sports Science and several Level 3 diplomas. He will lead the training team at LA fitness – reporting directly into COO Arthur McColl – and will also be managing the roll-out of key new product developments and classes across the chain. Details: http://lei.sr?a=P7W6c


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Cycling specialist Neil Troutman joins Keiser


Keiser UK has appointed Neil Troutman as new master instructor, tasked with building a team of master instructors to deliver Keiser’s M Series and Air training courses. He will also develop a portfolio of training


and educational material with Keiser, as well as working with SkillsActive to gain REPs accreditation for these new courses. Troutman has more than 20 years’ experience in the health and fitness industry. He has worked as a global master trainer, with experience developing and gaining accreditation for training courses for other fitness equipment suppliers including Trixter and Lebert Fitness. Keiser UK commercial director Nick


Startin said: “By recruiting a master trainer of Neil’s calibre, Keiser UK can enhance the quality of our training and education for UK instructors and serve to benefit their class participants and PT clients.” Details: http://lei.sr?a=Q5h8p


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