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The Health 'Mega-Trend'

David Stalker, CEO of ukactive, explains how the nation’s declining health is attracting investors back into the fitness sector

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 11

The last 20 years haven’t quite lived up to expectations when it comes to investment into our sector.

Yet it seems this investment hiatus is coming to an end, with notable recent transactions including those of Fitness First, Pure Gym, The Gym Group and David Lloyd Leisure. With these transactions in mind, ukactive – along with the global financial advisory institution Rothschild – recently hosted a unique event that brought together members of the Vanguard Group with a number of private equity and venture capitalist organisations.

The event looked at why investors have recently been attracted back to our sector, and the potential the sector holds for growth. Oren Peleg, MD at Oaktree Capital Management, was just one of the experts who identified how a series of ‘mega-trends’ were creating unique opportunities for physical activity provision: the most notable mega-trend being the decline of the nation’s health and the activity sector’s opportunity to provide a solution for this issue.

An emerging role
As I said at this year’s Leisure Industry Week, if our sector is to grow, we must move away from a solely fitness solution towards delivering health outcomes.

Through a mix of technological advancement, changes in behaviour and modern lifestyles, we’ve witnessed a drastic decline of more than 35 per cent in physical activity levels.

Sedentary lifestyles go hand-in-hand with obesity, and we’re now at a point where there are more deaths globally from obesity than from malnutrition.

I’m not being flippant when I say this could bankrupt the NHS: it’s impossible to continue paying out huge sums due to the health problems linked with inactive lifestyles. Reports say the NHS will be bankrupt by 2050 if trends continue.

And this is where our sector comes in, and why investors are looking at us: we have the potential to be a leading vehicle in helping get the nation active and healthy, with physical activity proven to reduce the risk of developing over 20 chronic diseases, improve quality of life and even aid rehabilitation from injury.

Investors are also looking at our sector because of the changes that have been made to the health system, with an emphasis on local commissioning of local delivery for local needs. A new executive agency now exists – Public Health England – with a remit ranging from protecting and improving the nation’s health to building the public health system. It’s also the first time public health funding has ever been ring-fenced in the UK, giving clinicians much more responsibility for spending the £80m budget in England.

Proving our worth
Our local communities need our services, as do the NHS and local authority public health. We now have a route in. However, we can’t simply assume government and health will naturally come to our sector: we have to adapt and change towards a health delivery focus to be considered a worthy partner.

Regarding the public health agenda, we must start by establishing the true impact we’re making, and can make, on the nation’s health. We must provide evidence that competes with existing health service providers. The ukactive Research Institute at the Universities of Greenwich and Aberystwyth is a body to take on this challenge, and is leading the largest study of its kind into the impact of physical activity in prevention, management and treatment of chronic diseases.

We must also must look at the skills of our professionals, at our facilities, and at the outcomes we collect on a daily basis. The investment community is now paying attention due to national trends like obesity. We also know our sector will only grow if we actively capitalise on such trends and opportunities. If we do this, investors will continue to stand up, pay attention, and investment will flow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you would like more information on ukactive’s public affairs and policy work, please contact Stephen Wilson, director of public affairs and policy: [email protected]

David Stalker, CEO of ukactive
David Stalker, CEO of ukactive
Investors are now looking at the fitness sector as a valuable potential solution to the nation’s health issues
Investors are now looking at the fitness sector as a valuable potential solution to the nation’s health issues
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David Stalker explains how investors are being attracted back to the fitness sector
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features

The Health 'Mega-Trend'

David Stalker, CEO of ukactive, explains how the nation’s declining health is attracting investors back into the fitness sector

Published in Health Club Management 2013 issue 11

The last 20 years haven’t quite lived up to expectations when it comes to investment into our sector.

Yet it seems this investment hiatus is coming to an end, with notable recent transactions including those of Fitness First, Pure Gym, The Gym Group and David Lloyd Leisure. With these transactions in mind, ukactive – along with the global financial advisory institution Rothschild – recently hosted a unique event that brought together members of the Vanguard Group with a number of private equity and venture capitalist organisations.

The event looked at why investors have recently been attracted back to our sector, and the potential the sector holds for growth. Oren Peleg, MD at Oaktree Capital Management, was just one of the experts who identified how a series of ‘mega-trends’ were creating unique opportunities for physical activity provision: the most notable mega-trend being the decline of the nation’s health and the activity sector’s opportunity to provide a solution for this issue.

An emerging role
As I said at this year’s Leisure Industry Week, if our sector is to grow, we must move away from a solely fitness solution towards delivering health outcomes.

Through a mix of technological advancement, changes in behaviour and modern lifestyles, we’ve witnessed a drastic decline of more than 35 per cent in physical activity levels.

Sedentary lifestyles go hand-in-hand with obesity, and we’re now at a point where there are more deaths globally from obesity than from malnutrition.

I’m not being flippant when I say this could bankrupt the NHS: it’s impossible to continue paying out huge sums due to the health problems linked with inactive lifestyles. Reports say the NHS will be bankrupt by 2050 if trends continue.

And this is where our sector comes in, and why investors are looking at us: we have the potential to be a leading vehicle in helping get the nation active and healthy, with physical activity proven to reduce the risk of developing over 20 chronic diseases, improve quality of life and even aid rehabilitation from injury.

Investors are also looking at our sector because of the changes that have been made to the health system, with an emphasis on local commissioning of local delivery for local needs. A new executive agency now exists – Public Health England – with a remit ranging from protecting and improving the nation’s health to building the public health system. It’s also the first time public health funding has ever been ring-fenced in the UK, giving clinicians much more responsibility for spending the £80m budget in England.

Proving our worth
Our local communities need our services, as do the NHS and local authority public health. We now have a route in. However, we can’t simply assume government and health will naturally come to our sector: we have to adapt and change towards a health delivery focus to be considered a worthy partner.

Regarding the public health agenda, we must start by establishing the true impact we’re making, and can make, on the nation’s health. We must provide evidence that competes with existing health service providers. The ukactive Research Institute at the Universities of Greenwich and Aberystwyth is a body to take on this challenge, and is leading the largest study of its kind into the impact of physical activity in prevention, management and treatment of chronic diseases.

We must also must look at the skills of our professionals, at our facilities, and at the outcomes we collect on a daily basis. The investment community is now paying attention due to national trends like obesity. We also know our sector will only grow if we actively capitalise on such trends and opportunities. If we do this, investors will continue to stand up, pay attention, and investment will flow.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you would like more information on ukactive’s public affairs and policy work, please contact Stephen Wilson, director of public affairs and policy: [email protected]

David Stalker, CEO of ukactive
David Stalker, CEO of ukactive
Investors are now looking at the fitness sector as a valuable potential solution to the nation’s health issues
Investors are now looking at the fitness sector as a valuable potential solution to the nation’s health issues
http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/HCM2013_11UK.gif
David Stalker explains how investors are being attracted back to the fitness sector
Latest News
Gympass has launched a new digital platform as a response to the increase in demand ...
Latest News
Austrian medical health and wellness operator, Lanserhof, has launched a programme for people who’ve had ...
Latest News
HCM can report that Europe Active's annual thought-leader conference, the European Health and Fitness Forum ...
Latest News
The number of people signing up for memberships at Planet Fitness has been at 2019 ...
Latest News
Gyms in England could be open in July if lobbying by the fitness industry comes ...
Latest News
A survey by Savanta ComRes, in partnership with Sport England, has studied the impact of ...
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Gyms and health clubs in the US have begun reopening their doors, with a number ...
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CIMSPA, has opened a consultation on the safe delivery of sport and physical activity online, ...
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Opinion
promotion
The activity industry finds itself in a position of considerable threat. Two-thirds of the world’s gyms are closed – that’s 230 million members unable to attend a fitness facility, according to data platform fitNdata.
Opinion: Ensuring members return after lockdown
Opinion
promotion
Elon Musk has plans to conquer Mars and these days the meat on your hamburger can be grown in a lab - so why are so many fitness businesses still using papers and pens to create workouts for their members?
Opinion: How the current pandemic may be helping the fitness industry to innovate
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Gympass partners with Wexer to launch on-demand workouts for operators
Gympass has launched Gympass Plus - including an on-demand platform powered by Wexer - for its 2,200+ operator partners. The platform comprises more than 500 workouts from 18 content providers including Zumba and Gaiam.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: EGYM presents Corona Gym Solution, for the successful re-opening of fitness studios
Finally, the time has come: fitness and health facilities around the globe are gradually resuming operations.
Video Gallery
Technogym mywellness app
Technogym
Improve your training experience. All your data in a single app. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: EMD UK
EMD UK is the national governing body for group exercise. Funded by Sport England, EMD ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Harlands Group
Harlands Group is the leading provider of membership management services to leisure operators, processing over ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Gym flooring
REGUPOL/Berleburger Schaumstoffwerk (BSW): Gym flooring
Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Fitness software
Go Do.Fitness: Fitness software
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Management software
Fisikal: Management software
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Exercise equipment
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Property & Tenders
Greywell, Hampshire
Barnsgrove Health and Wellness Club
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Derby City Council
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Diary dates
04 Jun 2020
Marriott Forest of Arden Hotel & Country Club, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
13 Jun 2020
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
06-07 Jul 2020
Eastwood Hall, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
28-31 Aug 2020
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2020
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, United States
Diary dates
11-12 Oct 2020
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
27-30 Oct 2020
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
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Diary dates
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Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
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