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leisure opportunities 12 MAY - 25 MAY 2015 ISSUE 658 Daily news & jobs: Tanni Grey-Thompson named new chair of ukactive

Athletics legend and respected crossbench peer Tanni Grey- Thompson has become chair of ukactive, tasked with ensuring the new Conservative government turns rhetoric into action in tackling Britain’s physical inactivity crisis. Grey-Thompson is one of the

most successful British athletes ever – having won a total of 16 Paralympic medals – and in 2010 was made a crossbench member of the House of Lords. The peer replaces outgoing ukactive chair Fred Turok, who, together with CEO David Stalker, will launch a new trampolining concept. “For too long, physical activity

Te announcement came on the

same day that long-serving ukac- tive team member Steven Ward was promoted to the newly-created post of executive director. The appointment of Ward is

designed to foster continuity at ukactive, with outgoing CEO David Stalker to assume a new part time executive role from April 2015 and some time being foreseen before the organisation replaces him. Ward has taken on the lead-

Grey-Tompson wants to ensure exercise is at the heart of government policy

has been – in the government’s eyes – the poor cousin of sport and overshadowed by obesity,” said Grey-Tompson, who graces the cover of the May edition of Health Club Management. “Te work of ukactive up until this point has shown that inactivity is a killer, and inaction on this issue is no longer an option.

Over 65s are the ‘most frequent’ gym users

In the past you might have expected to see them on the bowling green, but today there’s a good chance that you’ll find an active pensioner pumping iron in the gym. Tat’s according to new statistics from

Nuffield Health, revealing that over 65s are the chain’s most active gym users. The wellness provider says that gym usage peaks at age 72 – when members typically rack up eight visits per month on average.Te findings also highlight a desire from Britain’s ageing popula- tion to remain active well into their 80s. Details:



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“I look forward to working with the

ukactive team to make the greatest possi- ble impact on the health of the nation in partnership with the thousands of ukactive members, partners and stakeholders spread across the length and breadth of the UK.”

Royal baby birth to bring tourism boom

The birth of Prince William and Kate Middleton’s second child – Princess Charlotte – is predicted to spark a significant tourism influx to London, as visitors flock to experience all things royal. Princess Charlotte was born at St Mary’s

Hospital in Westminster on 2 May and was greeted outside by huge crowds of well-wishers. Meanwhile, leisure businesses across the

capital are beginning to offer monarchy- themed promotions as they bid to capitalise on the feel-good factor. Te Park Lane Hotel is now hosting a Royal Baby Shower Aſternoon Tea, where guests can indulge in tasty treats such as a hazelnut and polenta pram cake or

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Prince George’s birth in 2013 sparked a similar boom

a milk bottle panna cotta. London Hilton on Park Lane is providing a similar service, while royal-themed river cruises and experiences are beginning to be offered on the Tames. Details:

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ership of the ukactive executive team with immediate effect and will be supported by the existing executive team, including oper- ations director Geraldine Tuck. The team is completed by ex-

LOCOG programme management specialist and Deloitte Management consultant Will Smithard, sports and exercise scientist Dr Steven Mann as research director and former Cannon’s finance director Stephen Williams. Details:

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