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Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 11
Club Nova (above) and X20 are both delivering growing returns / photo: Denbighshire Leisure
Club Nova (above) and X20 are both delivering growing returns / photo: Denbighshire Leisure
Do what you can to give people exceptional, memorable experiences that support their health

As an industry, the pandemic has made us reconsider whether we’re truly driven by customer needs. We should celebrate this unprecedented opportunity to innovate the quality of our offers as it could play a huge part in creating a more meaningful industry – if we embrace it.

The pandemic has forced us all out of its habit of building offers driven by products and supply chain. I think we can all agree this was an outdated practice and certainly one that didn’t serve our customers.

Consumer habits and values have changed. We need to create experiences that reflect what people really want from their leisure providers. And we must show members that everyone in the business has bought into these efforts.

We’ve made a conscious shift from just showing up as a leisure provider to being a true partner for people’s health and wellbeing. A massive amount of our marketing team’s time is now focused on giving value and checking in with members – all the softer stuff we as an industry perhaps neglected before the pandemic.

And by making sure our staff were looked after right through the crisis, we gave members a familiar and highly-motivated workforce to come back to.

We’re anticipating being back at pre-COVID levels of membership by January 2022, but there are more important things than the numbers – it’s about developing industry-leading experiences.

We found that going the extra mile reaps rewards. This can be seen at our Club Nova and X20 sites which are giving us the biggest membership growth and from the results of investing in our restaurants and cafés – including setting up partnerships with Costa and other brands – which has created the fastest-growing revenue stream in the company.

Our members are highly engaged and have confidence in our promise to them. We achieve this by making a big commitment to them and to our staff and our messaging.

I appreciate that every operator’s situation is different, but I stand by my belief that this is an exciting opportunity to shift focus and become more customer-led.

We all have the ability to listen to customers and to have those conversations at various touchpoints, to gather better data through social media and online activity.

We can all put efforts into understanding what the public truly want now from fitness and leisure providers. It’s on us to set aside our assumptions and old ways of doing things, and to create offers that meet people where they are now.

For example, outdoor cycling has had a huge spike in interest in our local area, so we invested in creating an exceptional indoor group cycle experience with Technogym Bike, to cater for cyclists over the winter. We’ve also seen a big uptake in indoor cardio, and we’ll be remodelling our gyms to make more provision for strength training and functional kit. And we knew lots of our members had got a bit nervous about going “out out”, so we invested in Clubbercise – lots of these things we wouldn’t have predicted two years ago!

The world has changed, and we need to evolve. It starts by listening and understanding, then doing what you can to give people exceptional, memorable experiences that support their health.

photo: Denbighshire Leisure

Jamie Groves Denbighshire Leisure

https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/65188_346151.jpg
Denbighshire Leisure’s Jamie Groves challenges the industry to reboot and work to elevate the member experience
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features

Letters: Write to reply

Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]

Published in Health Club Management 2021 issue 11
Club Nova (above) and X20 are both delivering growing returns / photo: Denbighshire Leisure
Club Nova (above) and X20 are both delivering growing returns / photo: Denbighshire Leisure
Do what you can to give people exceptional, memorable experiences that support their health

As an industry, the pandemic has made us reconsider whether we’re truly driven by customer needs. We should celebrate this unprecedented opportunity to innovate the quality of our offers as it could play a huge part in creating a more meaningful industry – if we embrace it.

The pandemic has forced us all out of its habit of building offers driven by products and supply chain. I think we can all agree this was an outdated practice and certainly one that didn’t serve our customers.

Consumer habits and values have changed. We need to create experiences that reflect what people really want from their leisure providers. And we must show members that everyone in the business has bought into these efforts.

We’ve made a conscious shift from just showing up as a leisure provider to being a true partner for people’s health and wellbeing. A massive amount of our marketing team’s time is now focused on giving value and checking in with members – all the softer stuff we as an industry perhaps neglected before the pandemic.

And by making sure our staff were looked after right through the crisis, we gave members a familiar and highly-motivated workforce to come back to.

We’re anticipating being back at pre-COVID levels of membership by January 2022, but there are more important things than the numbers – it’s about developing industry-leading experiences.

We found that going the extra mile reaps rewards. This can be seen at our Club Nova and X20 sites which are giving us the biggest membership growth and from the results of investing in our restaurants and cafés – including setting up partnerships with Costa and other brands – which has created the fastest-growing revenue stream in the company.

Our members are highly engaged and have confidence in our promise to them. We achieve this by making a big commitment to them and to our staff and our messaging.

I appreciate that every operator’s situation is different, but I stand by my belief that this is an exciting opportunity to shift focus and become more customer-led.

We all have the ability to listen to customers and to have those conversations at various touchpoints, to gather better data through social media and online activity.

We can all put efforts into understanding what the public truly want now from fitness and leisure providers. It’s on us to set aside our assumptions and old ways of doing things, and to create offers that meet people where they are now.

For example, outdoor cycling has had a huge spike in interest in our local area, so we invested in creating an exceptional indoor group cycle experience with Technogym Bike, to cater for cyclists over the winter. We’ve also seen a big uptake in indoor cardio, and we’ll be remodelling our gyms to make more provision for strength training and functional kit. And we knew lots of our members had got a bit nervous about going “out out”, so we invested in Clubbercise – lots of these things we wouldn’t have predicted two years ago!

The world has changed, and we need to evolve. It starts by listening and understanding, then doing what you can to give people exceptional, memorable experiences that support their health.

photo: Denbighshire Leisure

Jamie Groves Denbighshire Leisure

https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2021/65188_346151.jpg
Denbighshire Leisure’s Jamie Groves challenges the industry to reboot and work to elevate the member experience
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The Leisure Database Company (TLDB) has revealed its State of the Fitness Industry Report UK ...
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The Gym Group’s (TGG) plans and profit forecasts were presented to analysts and investors during ...
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A new physical activity programme called Big Sister has been launched in the UK to ...
Latest News
Go Fit has been selected by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) as ...
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Ness, a US startup that is developing a range of wellness-driven credit cards, has launched ...
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Health clubs across the UK are facing huge rises in business energy bills which are forcing difficult decisions.
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Featured supplier news: Fitness industry to gather at Sibec Europe-UK in Portugal this September
Questex’s iconic event Sibec Europe-UK – known as Europe’s leading hosted buyer event for the fitness industry – will take place from 27-30 September at the Anantara Vilamoura Algarve Resort, in Portugal.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active to launch new exercise classes to reduce gender gap
As part of their work to break down the barriers that deter women and girls from participating in sport and physical activity, Everyone Active has teamed up with EMD UK to launch new exercise classes linked to the This Girl Can campaign.
Featured operator news
Featured operator news: Serco Leisure wins 10-year Mansfield contract
Following a competitive tendering process, Serco Leisure and its partner More Leisure Community Trust Limited (MLCT) have been awarded a 10-year contract by Mansfield District Council to operate three centres in the town, starting 1 May 2022.
Video Gallery
Sport Alliance GmbH
Mindbody, Inc
Total Vibration Solutions / Floors 4 Gyms / TVS Sports Surfaces
Company profiles
Company profile: Fitronics (CoursePro and TRP)
Fitronics is the company behind The Retention People (TRP) and CoursePro. We truly understand our ...
Company profiles
Company profile: RISE Fitness Franchise
RISE is a brand-new franchise created to fill an emerging gap. Outdoor workouts have become ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
On demand
Fitness On Demand: On demand
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Fitness equipment
A Panatta Sport Srl: Fitness equipment
trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: trade associations
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Whole body cryotherapy
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Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
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Runcorn
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Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
30-30 Jun 2022
The ICC, Birmingham, Birmingham , United Kingdom
Diary dates
12-13 Sep 2022
Wyndham Lake Buena Vista Disney Springs® Resort, Lake Buena Vista, United States
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
25-28 Oct 2022
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Diary dates
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Tobacco Dock, London, United Kingdom
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