19 Apr 2014 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 630, 2014 is now out!

Blogs:

Leisure Opportunities bloggers:

Liz Terry
Editor

Kate Cracknell
Editor,
Health Club Management

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

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

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,
Springboard

Jennifer Fields
Communications Coordinator,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Stephen Studd
CEO,
SkillsActive

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

Tim Lewthwaite
Publications manager,
Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Lisa Starr
Senior Consultant,
Wynne Business

Linda Cendes
Program Assistant, Comms,
AZA

Anna Bjurstam
Owner,
Raison d'Etre

Dieter Buchner
Founding Partner,
Urban Healing

Jean-Guy de Gabriac
Founder/ CEO,
Tip Touch Academie

Leah De Silva
Business development director,
Springboard

David Grevemberg
CEO,
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Anni Hood
Owner,
Kis Lifestyle Group

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

Kerry Mabbley
Customer Relationship Manager,
Springboard

Chris Marriott
Capita Symonds

Rhona Mennie
Business relations manager,
Springboard UK

Peter Moody
Partner,
Brook Street des Roches LLP

Matt Partridge
Executive board member,
CLOA

Jak Phillips
Head of News,
Leisure Media

Tom Pinnington
Associate director,
Capita Symonds

Neil Richmond
Founder,
Neil Richmond & Co.

Hugh Robertson
Minister for Sport

Louise Routh
Marketing and communications director,
Springboard UK

Dee Smith
Head of Programmes,
Springboard

David Stalker
CEO,
ukactive

Chris Trickey
Chief Executive,
SAPCA

Phillip Villars
Managing Director,
Indigo Planning

Andrew Wade
Partner,
Lawrence Graham LLP

Charles Wilford
Co-Head, Leisure Team,
Gerald Eve

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

Sport CSR is growing fast

by Liz Terry

With so much focus on the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Olympic and Paralympic sports, the UK’s powerful network of sports governing bodies and voluntary sports clubs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this represents pretty much the full extent of meaningful sporting activity in the UK. [more...]

Waterparks make waves in Europe

by Aleatha Ezra

New waterpark projects and additions continue to come online at a steady pace throughout the European market. Take, for example, the investment of €10m (US$13.6m, £8.3m) that PortAventura made in its Costa Caribe Aquatic Park in 2013. [more...]

Saving species and engaging people

by Jennifer Fields

The primary goal of zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is to save species and engage people. As poaching has reached its highest level in decades and continues to increase, this goal is more important than ever before. [more...]

Creating ‘wellness cities’

by Kate Cracknell

Recommendations made in January that two new garden cities be built in southern England to ease the UK’s housing shortage have prompted fierce political debate. [more...]

It’s time to build wellness cities

by Liz Terry

Earlier this month, news broke that the UK government is planning to build two new Garden Cities in the south of England to ease a housing shortage. The original Garden Cities - conceived in 1898 by Sir Ebenezer Howard - were planned, self-contained communities surrounded by green space, containing homes, industry and agriculture. Plans for the new settlements seem likely to be guided by this philosophy. [more...]

The floods – learning from Foot and Mouth disease

by Kurt Janson

The analysis from the Met Service and the Environment Agency is grim. They believe that flooding in the UK is going to get significantly worse before it gets any better and that, after the wettest January since 1766, the ground is now so saturated that even if the rain were to stop tomorrow, the flood waters will not fully recede for up to four months in some parts of the country. [more...]

The post-recession return to growth

by Peter Ducker

Following one of the worst recessions in history, the UK is now passing from recovery to bona-fide growth. Instead of the 1.5 per cent it gave us a few months ago, the IMF now expects the UK to grow 2.4 per cent this year, higher than any other European country. [more...]

Physical inactivity kills

by Kate Cracknell

The primary focus of the fitness industry must be addressing physical inactivity. That was the very clear message coming out of November’s ukactive Summit – the gathering place for UK policymakers to discuss sport and fitness. The event saw a well-orchestrated strategic shift away from a focus on combating obesity towards a new focus on inactivity as a standalone issue, with all the key speakers highlighting the challenges in this area. [more...]

Industry verdict on Bannatyne’s discounting claim

by Jak Phillips

Bannatyne Group chair Duncan Bannatyne has sparked a lively debate among industry leaders over the issue of membership discounts. [more...]

Time to fight for QOF inclusion

by Kate Cracknell

The campaign to present exercise as medicine has been delivered a blow with the removal of physical activity from the QOF (Quality and Outcomes Framework) – see Health Club Management 2014 issue 1 p10. [more...]

After decades of lobbying, Europe's getting serious about the benefits of fitness and sport

by Liz Terry

When the EU published its European Union Work Plan for Sport 2011-2014, many thought it would gather dust on a shelf in Brussels. However, much work has been done since on policy in this area – including consulting with allied disciplines like health and transport – and Europe is shaping up to be a great champion for the sport, fitness and wellness industries. [more...]

Tapping into wellness tourism

by Kate Cracknell

As health clubs align themselves more closely with wellness, exciting new opportunities are emerging. [more...]

Rebranding exercise

by Kate Cracknell

Your members are more likely to stick with their exercise routines and remain in membership if they have tangible, immediate reasons for being physically active. [more...]

Banging heads together

by Liz Terry

The recent report – Keeping the flame alive; the Olympic and Paralympic legacy – from the House of Lords Select Committee, was produced following a pretty exhaustive investigation involving 53 live witnesses and written submissions from 67 organisations and individuals. [more...]

Physical literacy

by Liz Terry

As we celebrate the first anniversary of London 2012 it's a good time to reflect on progress. Recent research by ComRes for the BBC found more than two thirds of the UK public feel the £8.77bn cost of the London 2012 Olympics was worth it. [more...]

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...]

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