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Leisure Opportunities issue 732, 2018 is now out!


sport & recreation bloggers:

Liz Terry
Leisure Media

Kate Cracknell
Health Club Management

Eva McDiarmid
Chief Executive,

Kurt Janson
Policy Director,
Tourism Alliance

Philippe Rossiter
Chief Executive,
Institute of Hospitality

Aleatha Ezra
Director of park member development,
World Waterpark Association

Ian Taylor

Gareth Edwards
Director of Education,

John Goodbody
Sports Journalist

Suki Kalirai
Interim CEO,

Sam Coulstock
Customer Relationship Director,

Stephen Studd

Edwina Hart
Minister for Business,
Welsh Assembly Government

Leah De Silva
Business development director,

David Grevemberg
Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Simon Johnson
Business in Sport and Leisure

David Kerr
David Kerr Associates

Nick King
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,

Tom Pinnington
Associate director,
Capita Symonds

Hugh Robertson
Minister for Sport

David Stalker

Chris Trickey
Chief Executive,

Phillip Villars
Managing Director,
Indigo Planning

Tom Walker
Leisure Media

Duncan Wood-Allum
Sport, Leisure and Culture Consultancy

sport & recreation

When sport meets fitness

by Kate Cracknell

Sport is just one part of a far larger entity that is physical activity, observed Jennie Price at the ukactive Summit in November – hardly a shocking revelation in itself, but nevertheless an interesting perspective coming from the CEO of Sport England, whose mission up to this point has been to develop grassroots sport across the UK. [more...]

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...]

Passive to active: spa gets sporty

by Liz Terry

In the 2015 edition of Spa Business magazine’s annual spa and wellness trends report – Spa Foresight™ – we highlighted spa and sport as being an exciting growth area for the industry. The majority of spas have traditionally focused on offering passive experiences, with only destination spas programming in active pursuits, such as hiking, but we expect this to change rapidly over the next decade as millennials come on stream as spa consumers. [more...]

Active every day

by Liz Terry

Sometimes in the history of an industry, there comes a tipping point which propels it into the stratosphere. It can be anything from the advent of a new technology, to the launch of a new company or the arrival of a groundbreaking piece of legislation. [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...]

Killer sport

by Liz Terry

The FIFA corruption scandal has brought the issue of Qatar's hosting of the Football World Cup to the top of the agenda again and – along with the allegations of bribery – has highlighted the death toll which has occurred to date during the building of the country's World Cup stadia. [more...]

Quidditch hits the mainstream

by Liz Terry

Quidditch. You may think this is a fantasy sport played only in the pages of a Harry Potter novel, but our reporters found the sport has been enthusiastically adopted by muggles (see our feature in Sports Management 2015 issue 1 on page 62). [more...]

Adding value

by Liz Terry

Leisure is emerging as a powerful anchor for residential and retail developments, as well as adding significant bottom line value to a wide range of other development types. [more...]

A new call to action

by Kate Cracknell

Young or old, disabled or able-bodied, fit or unfit, the brief is clear: we should all be active on a daily basis. This is the unambiguous and very welcome message from Public Health England (PHE) in Everybody Active, Every Day – its recently published national framework designed to combat inactivity. Hear, hear PHE. In their bold simplicity, the four words ‘everybody active, every day’ become more than just the name of the framework – they become a rallying cry for the fitness sector as a whole. [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...]

International water safety event sees worldwide growth

by Aleatha Ezra

According to the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) UK, "accidental drowning causes around 400 UK deaths every year, the equivalent of one person drowning every 20 hours. Thousands more suffer near drowning experiences, some resulting in life changing injuries. Drowning is still the third highest cause of accidental death in children in the UK." [more...]

Embracing active design

by Kate Cracknell

People should be active every day, with opportunities to do so designed into the very fabric of our environments and our daily lives. That was the clear message of last month’s inspirational Active by Design Summit, organised by the UK’s Design Council. So how might this look in practice, and what does it mean for health club operators? [more...]

Women (and girls) in sport

by Liz Terry

In the latest issue of Sports Management we focus on women in sport, with a cover celebrating the amazing Jo Pavey and her inspiring gold medal performance in the 10,000m at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich. She powered to the title aged 40 –the oldest competitor ever to win in Europe – and only a year after giving birth to her second child. It was lump in the throat stuff. [more...]

On-track with tracking?

by Kate Cracknell

We're hearing more and more about the ‘quantified self’, and this trend is now steering a course directly towards us, with news of some exciting and disruptive deals that won’t just bring tracking to the doorsteps of our clubs, but right into the heart of our businesses. [more...]

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