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Editor's letter: A year to remember

We’ve stepped off the path this month to bring you a special 2020 review edition of HCM and to propose emerging priorities going forward, as we gird our loins to tackle 2021

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 11
The physical activity sector is emerging as a key industry / Photo: David lloyd leisure
The physical activity sector is emerging as a key industry / Photo: David lloyd leisure
The fitness industry has found new clarity of purpose, forged a powerful identify, matured and emerged as an extraordinary force

As we draw to the end of this year of ‘unexpected challenges’, we wanted to take a moment to look back, with a special edition of HCM that records key moments in this journey we’re all on together.

Inside, instead of our usual formats, you’ll find a curated 2020 Timeline of news from across the year, along with a chapter called 2020 Vision, developed as a tribute and huge thank you to our clients, who are standing by us at every twist and turn in the road.

This special edition celebrates the sheer guts, determination, resolve, comradeship, resilience and energy this sector is showing in taking blow after blow and coming back fighting every time.

I’m sure next year will be just as tough, if not tougher, but as the scientists bring us vaccines, the end must surely be in sight and we can take great heart from that.

2020 has been a year when the fitness industry has found new clarity of purpose, forged a powerful identity, matured and emerged as an extraordinary force.

There are no words to thank ukactive for its extraordinary leadership and also CIMSPA, CLUK, Sport England and the many governing bodies who’ve stepped up.

Few other sectors have responded to the challenge of COVID-19 with the same degree of passion and unity. The work we’ve done in 2020 has elevated our industry in the eyes of governments, investors, potential partners and – most importantly – our customers and I truly believe the physical activity sector will emerge from this crisis as one of the key industries of the future.

We’ve been right on the front line this year and it’s been incredibly tough for everyone, yet our sector has been dynamic, determined and creative in finding solutions, adapting, innovating and surviving. Well done to one and all.

In terms of future priorities, we must ensure this unity we’ve forged is enshrined in some kind of custom or practice, so it can be sustained and not fade away when more normal times return; engage with our customers and recognise them as true stakeholders and advocates, with the creation – and universal adoption – of robust consumer standards; create a structure and interface for medicalising the sector, so we can become a true partner to the caring professions; widely fund a powerful lobby, so we can continue to influence government and finally; work to establish more sustainable career paths for great people – with special energy focused on creating better working lives for our freelancers, who’ve been having an exceptionally tough time during the pandemic.

Signing off now for 2020 and wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful Christmas from everyone here at HCM and looking forward to roaring back in 2021.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
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HCM editor Liz Terry congratulates the fitness industry on adapting, innovating and surviving in 2020.
Liz Terry, ukactive, Sport England, CIMSPA, CLUK,fitness, 2020, gyms, health clubs,
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features

Editor's letter: A year to remember

We’ve stepped off the path this month to bring you a special 2020 review edition of HCM and to propose emerging priorities going forward, as we gird our loins to tackle 2021

By Liz Terry, Leisure Media | Published in Health Club Management 2020 issue 11
The physical activity sector is emerging as a key industry / Photo: David lloyd leisure
The physical activity sector is emerging as a key industry / Photo: David lloyd leisure
The fitness industry has found new clarity of purpose, forged a powerful identify, matured and emerged as an extraordinary force

As we draw to the end of this year of ‘unexpected challenges’, we wanted to take a moment to look back, with a special edition of HCM that records key moments in this journey we’re all on together.

Inside, instead of our usual formats, you’ll find a curated 2020 Timeline of news from across the year, along with a chapter called 2020 Vision, developed as a tribute and huge thank you to our clients, who are standing by us at every twist and turn in the road.

This special edition celebrates the sheer guts, determination, resolve, comradeship, resilience and energy this sector is showing in taking blow after blow and coming back fighting every time.

I’m sure next year will be just as tough, if not tougher, but as the scientists bring us vaccines, the end must surely be in sight and we can take great heart from that.

2020 has been a year when the fitness industry has found new clarity of purpose, forged a powerful identity, matured and emerged as an extraordinary force.

There are no words to thank ukactive for its extraordinary leadership and also CIMSPA, CLUK, Sport England and the many governing bodies who’ve stepped up.

Few other sectors have responded to the challenge of COVID-19 with the same degree of passion and unity. The work we’ve done in 2020 has elevated our industry in the eyes of governments, investors, potential partners and – most importantly – our customers and I truly believe the physical activity sector will emerge from this crisis as one of the key industries of the future.

We’ve been right on the front line this year and it’s been incredibly tough for everyone, yet our sector has been dynamic, determined and creative in finding solutions, adapting, innovating and surviving. Well done to one and all.

In terms of future priorities, we must ensure this unity we’ve forged is enshrined in some kind of custom or practice, so it can be sustained and not fade away when more normal times return; engage with our customers and recognise them as true stakeholders and advocates, with the creation – and universal adoption – of robust consumer standards; create a structure and interface for medicalising the sector, so we can become a true partner to the caring professions; widely fund a powerful lobby, so we can continue to influence government and finally; work to establish more sustainable career paths for great people – with special energy focused on creating better working lives for our freelancers, who’ve been having an exceptionally tough time during the pandemic.

Signing off now for 2020 and wishing you and your loved ones a peaceful, joyful Christmas from everyone here at HCM and looking forward to roaring back in 2021.

Liz Terry, HCM editor
[email protected]
@elizterry
Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
https://www.leisureopportunities.co.uk/images/2020/54695_683019.jpg
HCM editor Liz Terry congratulates the fitness industry on adapting, innovating and surviving in 2020.
Liz Terry, ukactive, Sport England, CIMSPA, CLUK,fitness, 2020, gyms, health clubs,
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US fitness industry revenue dropped 58 per cent during 2020 – from the US$35bn all-time ...
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The UK government is exploring whether incentivising people financially to take part in physical activity ...
Latest News
The Budget announcement has left the UK's physical activity sector with "unanswered questions" and vowing ...
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Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled an additional £700m funding boost for sports and culture, as ...
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The merger of two tech firms will result in the creation of a business software ...
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3d Leisure has put the current lockdown to good use, by stepping in to help ...
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Gyms and leisure centres in Scotland are set to open on 26 April, provided that ...
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Hundreds of gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres have been forced to close and thousands ...
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Red light therapy equipment supplier, Red Light Rising, has partnered with Aidan Robinson of ITRM Clinic in the UK
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Featured supplier: What does a socially distanced leisure centre and health club look like?
The world has had to get used to social distancing in 2020 and any business operating in the leisure and hospitality sectors has had to face this challenge more than most.
Video Gallery
CPASE creates unforgettable luxury member experience at new boutique club with Technogym
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Technogym has equipped Clare Stobart's new boutique health club – CPASE. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Premier Software Solutions Ltd
Premier Software was founded in 1994 and has proven experience developing business management solutions specifically ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Legend Club Management Systems (UK) Ltd
Legend provides the leading software solution for driving improvements in leisure operations. We deliver savings ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Egym: Game changer
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Management software
Premier Software Solutions: Management software
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Member feedback software
AskNicely: Member feedback software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Safe Space Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
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Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
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Online,
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ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
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