GET HCM
magazine
Sign up for the FREE digital edition of HCM magazine and also get the HCM ezine and breaking news email alerts.
Not right now, thanksclose this window
Core Health & Fitness
Core Health & Fitness
Core Health & Fitness
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

Follow Health Club Management on Twitter Like Health Club Management on Facebook Join the discussion with Health Club Management on LinkedIn Follow Health Club Management on Instagram
UNITING THE WORLD OF FITNESS
Get the latest news, jobs and features in your inbox
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Government confirms budget date – ukactive calls for an end to 'contradiction in value'

The NHS rightly wants to make our members integral to its operational future, supporting people with long-term conditions
– Huw Edwards

The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has revealed that the government will present its budget on 11 March.

Javid has hinted that the budget will include measures to ignite a 'decade of renewal' for Britain – and analysts predict that he will announce a string of major investment projects.

Among these could be a shake-up of the way the Treasury allocates investment in an attempt to even up spending between the regions.

Encouragingly for the leisure industry, tax and spending measures will focus on health and the cost of living, while Javid’s investment plans could see billions of pounds being earmarked for capital projects.

“With this budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal," Javid said.

Ukactive CEO Huw Edwards said the government should use the budget to "back forcibly" the ambitions of the NHS to collaborate and partner with the physical activity sector.

Edwards said there remains an inconsistent approach to the sector within Whitehall.

He highlighted two recent news items which, he said, were perfect examples of a "contradiction in value" regarding the role of the fitness and leisure sector – an issue which the government should look to end.

"The first, in The Times, reported that its own analysis of council accounts showed spending on council-run sports facilities had fallen by two thirds over the past decade," Edwards said.

"It revealed that local authorities spent £244m on leisure centres, swimming pools, running tracks and other sports sites in 2018, down from £565m in 2009 as they have struggled to cope with central government funding cuts.

"The second, reported by all the major national broadcasters, reported NHS plans for newly diagnosed cancer patients to be offered NHS gym sessions before they start treatment, in the hope of boosting the speed of their recovery.

"The plan is that thousands will be invited to sign up for a ‘prehab’ fitness programme following their diagnosis.

"The NHS rightly wants to make our members – both public and private – integral to its operational future, supporting people with long-term conditions to manage their health and wellbeing as best they can.

"But part of this provision – funded by councils across the country – has felt the bite of national austerity acutely, and authorities are shackled to the reality that sport and leisure has too often been top of the cuts list given its non-statutory status. An almost impossible situation for authorities to find a solution to.

"This contradiction in value, captured in these two stories, must be addressed urgently by our new Government."

Edwards added that ukactive will present the government with its own proposals of measures to be included in the budget.

"ukactive’s budget submission will provide a comprehensive assessment of the business needs for our sector, documenting the regulatory and financial support required to improve the operating landscape," Edwards said.

"This will also include the need to address the current provision of sport and leisure facilities across the country, supporting the development of wellbeing/community hubs that see vital services integrated and co-located to the benefit of local communities."

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has revealed that the government will present its budget on 11 March.
SAR,HAF,PHR,PUB
imagesX/THUMB344208_521216_533139.jpg
Latest News
Mid Ulster District Council (MUDC) in Northern Ireland has won a landmark VAT case, which ...
Latest News
The government has pledged to invest £100m in supporting public leisure centres this winter, as ...
Latest News
Gyms in Liverpool,UK, have been given the go-ahead to reopen, following a dramatic week of ...
Latest News
Be Military Fit (BMF) has completed a restructuring project, designed to transform the outdoor fitness ...
Latest News
Rod Hill, former president of TRIB3 and director general of Anytime Fitness Iberia, has signed ...
Latest News
Persistent and rising levels of lifestyle disease across the world have exacerbated the effects of ...
Latest News
Customer experience software provider, AskNicely, has announced it will host a new virtual event called ...
Latest News
In breaking news, HCM understands the UK government has removed gyms and fitness facilities from ...
Features
feature
Bristol University has commited to embracing body positivity, creating more inclusive physical activity environments, rejecting diet culture and raising awareness of eating disorders across its sports and fitness provision. Should the rest of the fitness sector follow suit? Kath Hudson reports
Features
feature
The owner of Nisus Fitness in County Kerry, Joe O'Connor explains how MZ-Remote helped grow memberships during the pandemic and transform Nisus into a hybrid boutique
Features
feature
Hussle is offering operators the opportunity to take part in a pilot for its new MAP service to enable them to secure new members without upfront costs. Hussle’s Jamie Owens tells us more about the insights that drove this initiative
Features
Research
Five months after the start of lockdown, Leisure-net did a survey to gauge how public sector operators and industry suppliers are faring
Features
Talking point
Gym operators in the UK can now open on the high street, without planning permission, thanks to changes in legislation. What impact will this have on the industry? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Supplier showcase
Prestigious estate, Stoke Park, has invested in a new fitness technology upgrade by Matrix
Features
Sponsored briefing
Welcome to the world of creative fitness, where exercise and fun merge to change the way we train. Technogym is here to inspire you to offer members the best workouts and experience, making sure they have a great time
Features
People
HCM people

Dr Darshan Shah

Next Health: co-founder
Our vision is that health is not the absence of disease but the abundance of vitality
People
We realised we had a great franchise proposition: a really strong core model and technology platform, excellent data and analytics – we also generate 45 per cent site margins in the UK
People
Our facility isn’t for everyone. In daring to be different, we’re attracting people willing to commit to a fresh way of approaching health and fitness
Opinion
promotion
In a post-Covid world, member experience is more important than ever before. Your customers’ expectations have been heightened as the coronavirus continues to dominate our everyday lives.
Opinion: Why member experience is more important now than ever before
Opinion
promotion
Our world has changed since March and together, we are learning and adapting to how this sector can continue to thrive in this COVID conscious world.
Opinion: Why fitness clubs and facilities need to evolve in a COVID-conscious world
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Frame launches new, streamlined digital offering, powered by Fisikal
When facing lockdown restrictions, Frame successfully adapted its in-club experience to an online offering for members.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Volution explains how to drive the lifetime value of members through virtual engagement
In April 2020, two-thirds of the world’s gyms went into temporary closure due to COVID-19.
Video Gallery
A new Zone is here
MyZone Group Ltd
A new zone is here for your club, for your members and for you. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Octane Fitness
A global innovator of high-performance fitness equipment, Octane Fitness, a Nautilus, Inc. brand, continually redefines ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Freemotion Fitness
Freemotion Fitness is the global pioneer in fitness equipment and technology, introducing the world to ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Fitness Software
FunXtion International BV: Fitness Software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
03-06 Nov 2020
Online,
Diary dates
12 Nov 2020
Virtual, United States
Diary dates
17 Nov 2020
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-03 Dec 2020
Virtual,
Diary dates
08-09 Dec 2020
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
02-04 Feb 2021
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates

News

Government confirms budget date – ukactive calls for an end to 'contradiction in value'

The NHS rightly wants to make our members integral to its operational future, supporting people with long-term conditions
– Huw Edwards

The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has revealed that the government will present its budget on 11 March.

Javid has hinted that the budget will include measures to ignite a 'decade of renewal' for Britain – and analysts predict that he will announce a string of major investment projects.

Among these could be a shake-up of the way the Treasury allocates investment in an attempt to even up spending between the regions.

Encouragingly for the leisure industry, tax and spending measures will focus on health and the cost of living, while Javid’s investment plans could see billions of pounds being earmarked for capital projects.

“With this budget we will unleash Britain’s potential – uniting our great country, opening a new chapter for our economy and ushering in a decade of renewal," Javid said.

Ukactive CEO Huw Edwards said the government should use the budget to "back forcibly" the ambitions of the NHS to collaborate and partner with the physical activity sector.

Edwards said there remains an inconsistent approach to the sector within Whitehall.

He highlighted two recent news items which, he said, were perfect examples of a "contradiction in value" regarding the role of the fitness and leisure sector – an issue which the government should look to end.

"The first, in The Times, reported that its own analysis of council accounts showed spending on council-run sports facilities had fallen by two thirds over the past decade," Edwards said.

"It revealed that local authorities spent £244m on leisure centres, swimming pools, running tracks and other sports sites in 2018, down from £565m in 2009 as they have struggled to cope with central government funding cuts.

"The second, reported by all the major national broadcasters, reported NHS plans for newly diagnosed cancer patients to be offered NHS gym sessions before they start treatment, in the hope of boosting the speed of their recovery.

"The plan is that thousands will be invited to sign up for a ‘prehab’ fitness programme following their diagnosis.

"The NHS rightly wants to make our members – both public and private – integral to its operational future, supporting people with long-term conditions to manage their health and wellbeing as best they can.

"But part of this provision – funded by councils across the country – has felt the bite of national austerity acutely, and authorities are shackled to the reality that sport and leisure has too often been top of the cuts list given its non-statutory status. An almost impossible situation for authorities to find a solution to.

"This contradiction in value, captured in these two stories, must be addressed urgently by our new Government."

Edwards added that ukactive will present the government with its own proposals of measures to be included in the budget.

"ukactive’s budget submission will provide a comprehensive assessment of the business needs for our sector, documenting the regulatory and financial support required to improve the operating landscape," Edwards said.

"This will also include the need to address the current provision of sport and leisure facilities across the country, supporting the development of wellbeing/community hubs that see vital services integrated and co-located to the benefit of local communities."

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
The chancellor, Sajid Javid, has revealed that the government will present its budget on 11 March.
SAR,HAF,PHR,PUB
imagesX/THUMB344208_521216_533139.jpg

News

Mid Ulster District Council (MUDC) in Northern Ireland has won a landmark VAT case, which
The government has pledged to invest £100m in supporting public leisure centres this winter, as
Gyms in Liverpool,UK, have been given the go-ahead to reopen, following a dramatic week of
Be Military Fit (BMF) has completed a restructuring project, designed to transform the outdoor fitness
Rod Hill, former president of TRIB3 and director general of Anytime Fitness Iberia, has signed
Persistent and rising levels of lifestyle disease across the world have exacerbated the effects of
MIE FitQuest
MIE FitQuest
Join the second Annual Fitness & Active Brands Summit and walk away with the expertise
Customer experience software provider, AskNicely, has announced it will host a new virtual event called
In breaking news, HCM understands the UK government has removed gyms and fitness facilities from
Globally, gyms have, on average, seen nearly 70 per cent of their pre-lockdown members return
A UK government U-turn – just announced – will see gyms and leisure centres staying open
"Dozens" of gyms in Liverpool, UK, have defied the government and stayed open for business
The UK government is likely to face legal challenges from gym operators following the revelation
fibodo Limited
fibodo Limited
Premier Software Solutions' flagship business management system, Core by Premier Software, is the leading single
Gym and health club operators with sites in Liverpool, UK, have been left "astounded" at
Technogym's Let’s Move For a Better World campaign is back this year, with a new
The UK government should encourage people to spend more time in regulated environments to curb
AskNicely
AskNicely
1 - 15 of 11,647
Features
feature
Bristol University has commited to embracing body positivity, creating more inclusive physical activity environments, rejecting diet culture and raising awareness of eating disorders across its sports and fitness provision. Should the rest of the fitness sector follow suit? Kath Hudson reports
Features
feature
The owner of Nisus Fitness in County Kerry, Joe O'Connor explains how MZ-Remote helped grow memberships during the pandemic and transform Nisus into a hybrid boutique
Features
feature
Hussle is offering operators the opportunity to take part in a pilot for its new MAP service to enable them to secure new members without upfront costs. Hussle’s Jamie Owens tells us more about the insights that drove this initiative
Features
Research
Five months after the start of lockdown, Leisure-net did a survey to gauge how public sector operators and industry suppliers are faring
Features
Talking point
Gym operators in the UK can now open on the high street, without planning permission, thanks to changes in legislation. What impact will this have on the industry? Kath Hudson reports
Features
Supplier showcase
Prestigious estate, Stoke Park, has invested in a new fitness technology upgrade by Matrix
Features
Sponsored briefing
Welcome to the world of creative fitness, where exercise and fun merge to change the way we train. Technogym is here to inspire you to offer members the best workouts and experience, making sure they have a great time
Features
People
HCM people

Dr Darshan Shah

Next Health: co-founder
Our vision is that health is not the absence of disease but the abundance of vitality
People
We realised we had a great franchise proposition: a really strong core model and technology platform, excellent data and analytics – we also generate 45 per cent site margins in the UK
People
Our facility isn’t for everyone. In daring to be different, we’re attracting people willing to commit to a fresh way of approaching health and fitness
People
HCM people

Keith Burnet

CEO global markets, Les Mills
I wanted to do something to inspire others and encourage them to believe that no matter what age you are, anything is possible
People
As a society, we all need to make a conscious effort to be more active and our industry is in the best position to help people do that
People
The future of our industry is as a ‘national health service’ – we can’t dance around these conversations – if we’re serious about being closer to health agencies, that needs change and commitment
People
People in Club V trust me and I want to do the best for them and help them progress
People
We have a period of lead generation before we allow anyone to join. We build the excitement up to a specific launch time and date, much like the ticketing model for concerts
People
Member confidence is the single most important factor, and I say – without doing so lightly – that our cleanliness standards, protocols and marketing are the best I’ve seen in the industry
People
Opinion
promotion
In a post-Covid world, member experience is more important than ever before. Your customers’ expectations have been heightened as the coronavirus continues to dominate our everyday lives.
Opinion: Why member experience is more important now than ever before
Opinion
promotion
Our world has changed since March and together, we are learning and adapting to how this sector can continue to thrive in this COVID conscious world.
Opinion: Why fitness clubs and facilities need to evolve in a COVID-conscious world
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Frame launches new, streamlined digital offering, powered by Fisikal
When facing lockdown restrictions, Frame successfully adapted its in-club experience to an online offering for members.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Volution explains how to drive the lifetime value of members through virtual engagement
In April 2020, two-thirds of the world’s gyms went into temporary closure due to COVID-19.
Video Gallery
A new Zone is here
MyZone Group Ltd
A new zone is here for your club, for your members and for you. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Octane Fitness
A global innovator of high-performance fitness equipment, Octane Fitness, a Nautilus, Inc. brand, continually redefines ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Freemotion Fitness
Freemotion Fitness is the global pioneer in fitness equipment and technology, introducing the world to ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Design consultants
Zynk Design Consultants: Design consultants
Software
Volution.fit: Software
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Fitness Software
FunXtion International BV: Fitness Software
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Locking solutions
Monster Padlocks: Locking solutions
Fitness equipment
TRX Training: Fitness equipment
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Property & Tenders
11 - 25 Union St, London SE1 1SD
Bankside Open Spaces Trust
Property & Tenders
Waltham Abbey, Essex
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
17-23 Oct 2020
Pinggu, Beijing, China
Diary dates
03-06 Nov 2020
Online,
Diary dates
12 Nov 2020
Virtual, United States
Diary dates
17 Nov 2020
Loughborough University, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Diary dates
27-28 Nov 2020
Athena, Leicester, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-03 Dec 2020
Virtual,
Diary dates
08-09 Dec 2020
Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore, Singapore
Diary dates
02-04 Feb 2021
Ericsson Exhibition Hall, Ricoh Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
23-26 Feb 2021
IFEMA, Madrid, Spain
Diary dates
03-04 Mar 2021
NEC, Birmingham, United Kingdom
Diary dates
03-06 Jun 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Core Health & Fitness
Core Health & Fitness