26 Sep 2018 | Digital editions, magazines, websites, e-zines, handbooks and contract publishing for the leisure industry

Leisure Opportunities issue 745, 2018 is now out!

Blogs:

public sector bloggers:

Liz Terry
CEO,
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
editor-at-large,
Health Club Management

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,
ASVA

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Ufi Ibrahim
Chief Executive,
British Hospitality Association

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Ian Taylor
CEO,
SkillsActive

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Peter Ducker
Chief executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Suki Kalirai
Interim CEO,
SkillsActive

Stephen Studd
CEO,
SkillsActive

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

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

Chris Marriott
Director ,
The Sports Consultancy

Rhona Mennie
Business relations manager,
Springboard UK

Matt Partridge
Executive board member,
CLOA

Hugh Robertson
Minister for Sport

David Stalker
CEO,
ukactive

Tom Walker
Journalist,
Leisure Media

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

public sector

Upgrading the industry

by Kate Cracknell

The National Living Wage is coming, and operators across the UK will be trying to work how they can afford it. It will certainly be a challenge in a sector that has long relied on fairly low-paid staff, but we believe it presents an interesting opportunity to upgrade the industry. [more...]

Sport finds its purpose

by Liz Terry

What a journey sport has been on over the last 50 years: from amateur to professional and from the private school to the mainstream. It's been quite a ride and we've essentially seen it democratised. Now sport is taking another giant evolutionary leap forward and joining the mainstream health and social agendas with the publication of the government’s report, Sporting Future: A New Strategy for an Active Nation, which lays out plans for the sector. [more...]

Linear parks enrich us

by Liz Terry

When Meg Daly broke both her arms in a bike accident, she was forced to use Miami’s Metrorail and then walk under the raised train tracks to get to physiotherapy sessions. The path beneath the tracks was wide and shaded and as she walked, it occurred to her that the land was a precious, under-used resource and the idea for the Miami Underline – a 16km linear park and urban trail – was born. [more...]

Are you connected?

by Eva McDiarmid

Scottish Government has a ‘Scottish Business Pledge’ that it wants us all to sign up to. Within it there are a number of elements, some are simply good, common sense and some are just aspirational. But on the face of it, as over- arching points there is little to argue with, it’s just that the aspirational elements will remain just that unless government leads at a macro level. [more...]

BE THERE! ASVA conference 2015

by Eva McDiarmid

The interest in this year's conference has been amazing, it looks like we've taken a record number of bookings so early. We are not at capacity – yet – but it looks like we are heading that way, which is just great! [more...]

Active Every Day

by Kate Cracknell

The health and fitness industry is failing to capitalise on one of the greatest opportunities it’s ever had, according to Liz Terry, editor of Health Club Management’s sister magazine Leisure Management. [more...]

Nurturing the Grassroots

by Tom Walker

Sport is growing globally, as developing nations thrive and generate middle classes eager to spend their newly found disposable income on sport and recreation. Evidence of this can be seen in the way global sports market revenues are projected to reach US$145bn (€128bn, £94bn) by the end of 2015 – a 7 per cent increase from US$121bn (€107bn, £79bn) in 2011. [more...]

Building respectful partnerships

by Liz Terry

Mixed-use developments of all kinds rely on the inclusion of leisure elements for a range of vital impacts which make the difference between the success or failure of a scheme. [more...]

School sport - could try harder

by Liz Terry

In my mid-teens I went to a new school which turned out to have a tradition of playing tricks on new students. Within a couple of days of starting, someone dropped into a conversation that there were mixed showers after PE. [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...]

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...]

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