03 Mar 2015 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 653, 2015 is now out!

Blogs:

sport & recreation bloggers:

Liz Terry
Editor

Kate Cracknell
Editor,
Health Club Management

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Gareth Edwards
Director of Education,
Springboard

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Suki Kalirai
Interim CEO,
SkillsActive

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Stephen Studd
CEO,
SkillsActive

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

Leah De Silva
Business development director,
Springboard

David Grevemberg
CEO,
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Simon Johnson
CEO,
Business in Sport and Leisure

David Kerr
Principal,
David Kerr Associates

Nick King
Director,
Sports Think Tank

Fredrik Lindahl
Treasurer & Administrator,
Finnish Cricket Association

Chris Marriott
Capita Symonds

Rhona Mennie
Business relations manager,
Springboard UK

Matt Partridge
Executive board member,
CLOA

Tom Pinnington
Associate director,
Capita Symonds

Hugh Robertson
Minister for Sport

David Stalker
CEO,
ukactive

Chris Trickey
Chief Executive,
SAPCA

Phillip Villars
Managing Director,
Indigo Planning

Duncan Wood-Allum
Director,
Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy

sport & recreation

Beyond the 12 per cent barrier

by Kate Cracknell

The UK fitness sector has reached a plateau in its product lifecycle: after the rapid growth of the noughties, it’s been stuck at roughly the same level of market penetration – 12 per cent – for years, with only the arrival of the budget clubs nudging it up a meagre half point (State of the UK Fitness Industry Report). [more...]

Embracing your 'tribes'

by Kate Cracknell

Health club operators have a huge opportunity to engage in a very fundamental way with their members, by being far more aware of their true needs and motivations and connecting with them on a deeper level. [more...]

Traineeships – a unique opportunity

by Ian Taylor

It brings me great pleasure to announce that SkillsActive is supporting Traineeships and the potential these can offer and bring to our sector. Starting in September 2013 and formed as an outcome of the 'Richard Review', Traineeships are designed for young people aged 16-19 who are highly focused on the prospect of work, who are unemployed, have little experience and are qualified below level 3 (A-Levels). [more...]

Staying on the radar

by Kate Cracknell

Is the government losing its appetite for its healthy living agenda? Certainly there was concern among health lobbyists that, at the state opening of parliament last month, the Queen’s Speech made no reference to two of the government’s previously high-profile proposals: minimum pricing for alcohol, and the requirement for cigarettes to be sold in plain packets. But are there genuine grounds for concern, and does it affect the fitness industry anyway? [more...]

Social responsibility

by Kate Cracknell

Why do health clubs – operations that pivot around the idea of doing people good – have to work so hard, and spend so much money, to engage customers? That was the question posed by Ray Algar, MD of Oxygen Consulting, who spotted a discrepancy between the way in which gyms perceive themselves – as socially-minded operations that help people live healthier, happier lives – and the way the public sees them: as contract-wielding enterprises that take your money and then leave you to fend for yourself, not caring if you attend or not. [more...]

Focus on Capre

by Ian Taylor

I am delighted to be able to update you on the industry driven, professional registers that SkillsActive is launching this year. [more...]

The £150m school sport pledge

by John Goodbody

The government's announcement that £150m is to be allocated in each of the next two years towards improving coaching for youngsters in primary schools in the UK has generally been hailed with enthusiasm by national governing bodies of sport. [more...]

Sport and peace

by Liz Terry

In the latest issue of Sports Management we examine the work of the peace and sport movement and look at examples of projects which are bringing unity to some of the most challenging places on earth (see page 42). [more...]

2013 getting off to a busy start

by Ian Taylor

It has been an exceptionally busy time for us recently at SkillsActive. We have welcomed the marvellous news from the government that primary school sport and activities are to benefit from £150m investment over the next two years, which I hope will help to inspire the next generation to take up sport. [more...]

Strength in numbers

by Kate Cracknell

What might the gym of the future look like? Are we reaching a point where group exercise – far from being a mere complementary offering sitting alongside the gym in a full-service club – has actually become a strong proposition in its own right? And if so, what models might operators consider to ensure they tap into this? [more...]

The leisure industry is ahead of the game in youth employment

by Ian Taylor

Youth employment is well served in the leisure and wellbeing sector, with approximately 30 per cent of our workforce aged 16 to 24 – against the national average of 13 per cent. As an industry we've a lot to offer young people. [more...]

Let's be clear

by Kate Cracknell

The fitness sector has, as yet, failed to cement a clear idea in people’s minds of how much and how often they should be exercising, and what sort of activity they should do. [more...]

The value of professional registers

by Ian Taylor

Ihave spoken with great enthusiasm over the past few months about what professional registers can help our industry to achieve, which is why I’m extremely pleased to say that the pilot phase of the Register of Aquatic Professionals is now fully live! I’d like to take this opportunity to invite employers and individuals to take part. [more...]

Engaging the public

by Kate Cracknell

Is the health and fitness industry currently doing all it needs to do to genuinely engage with today’s consumer? [more...]

New year, new opportunities

by Ian Taylor

The New Year is an exciting time for our industry; as we all strive to fulfil our resolutions, many choose to join gyms and get involved in leisure activities. By working with our employer groups we can ensure that these fresh faces stick around and continue to benefit from our industry. [more...]

New style and substance

by Liz Terry

Happy New Year! The first edition of Leisure Management in 2013 marks the beginning of a new chapter in the magazine's development as it enters its 31st year and we hope you enjoy our new format, which will be more focused on the amazing people who make things happen in our industry. [more...]

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