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Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'

Ray Algar, managing director of business insight specialist Oxygen Consulting, has called for the leisure sector to get better at understanding the data they hold and to utilise the social value they create.

"The fitness sector is driven by an altruistic purpose; public, private and third sector organisations all exist to serve and support the health and wellbeing of their customers," said Algar.

"However, the metrics used to quantify business success, especially in the private sector, are predominantly financial – profit is very often a key measure.

"The wider social impact health clubs create needs to be consistently measured."

To help operators achieve this, Algar is teaming up with Datahub, a "virtual repository" for sports and leisure data.

The strategic partnership will look to assist both private and public sector leisure operators more clearly define and champion the social value generated through their venues and programmes.

At the centre of the new partnership will be Datahub's Social Value Calculator (SVC).

Created in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the SVC currently utilises data from from more than 157 operators and 1,600 sites in the UK – equating to more than 400 million visits – and is used to deliver benchmarks and key insights about the social value created by the sector.

"I believe the DataHub’s new Social Value Calculator can help clubs to demonstrate in new and compelling ways the transformative social bearing they have," Algar said.

“Having a consistent method for operators to measure and compare the social impact of their business will provide a greater understanding of the important role this sector plays in improving the nation’s health and wellbeing."

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Ray Algar, managing director of business insight specialist Oxygen Consulting, has called for the leisure sector to get better at understanding the data they hold and to utilise the social value they create.
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Ray Algar: 'social impact of health clubs needs to be consistently measured'

Ray Algar, managing director of business insight specialist Oxygen Consulting, has called for the leisure sector to get better at understanding the data they hold and to utilise the social value they create.

"The fitness sector is driven by an altruistic purpose; public, private and third sector organisations all exist to serve and support the health and wellbeing of their customers," said Algar.

"However, the metrics used to quantify business success, especially in the private sector, are predominantly financial – profit is very often a key measure.

"The wider social impact health clubs create needs to be consistently measured."

To help operators achieve this, Algar is teaming up with Datahub, a "virtual repository" for sports and leisure data.

The strategic partnership will look to assist both private and public sector leisure operators more clearly define and champion the social value generated through their venues and programmes.

At the centre of the new partnership will be Datahub's Social Value Calculator (SVC).

Created in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the SVC currently utilises data from from more than 157 operators and 1,600 sites in the UK – equating to more than 400 million visits – and is used to deliver benchmarks and key insights about the social value created by the sector.

"I believe the DataHub’s new Social Value Calculator can help clubs to demonstrate in new and compelling ways the transformative social bearing they have," Algar said.

“Having a consistent method for operators to measure and compare the social impact of their business will provide a greater understanding of the important role this sector plays in improving the nation’s health and wellbeing."

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Ray Algar, managing director of business insight specialist Oxygen Consulting, has called for the leisure sector to get better at understanding the data they hold and to utilise the social value they create.
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In the name of work, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has undergone impressive physical transformations for film roles such as Thor in The Avengers and Marvel films. Inspired by the public’s interest in his workouts, he’s now created a health and fitness app called Centr that utilises the expertise of his team of world-class experts
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There’s no one thing that will fix your member retention, but clarity of mission, a strong culture and an eye for data will drive significant change. Kate Cracknell reports from this year’s Retention Convention
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Promotional Feature
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Variety and flexibility for the customer is the key to retention, says MoveGB
What really drives customer retention in 2019? Is it proactive customer care? Frequency of attendance? Added value provision? Community building? Across the industry, debate on this topic never stops. And neither does market change.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Fitness trends have changed, it’s time qualifications caught up
EMD UK, the national governing body for group exercise, has been working with Active IQ to improve industry qualifications.
Opinion
promotion
Member retention is a growing problem for long-established gym chains, who are battling the growing budget and boutique gym market.
Opinion: Are you trying to beat budget gyms at their own game?
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