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
Les Mills
Les Mills
Les Mills
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
Health Club Management

Health Club Management

News

Physical activity sector leaders urge chancellor to support self-employed workforce

Leading organisations in the physical activity sector have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide urgent financial support for the sector's 60,000 self-employed workers.

The heads of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), ukactive, and Community Leisure UK – along with Clive Ormerod, CEO of Les Mills International – have written an open letter to the chancellor.

“Our workforce is made up of qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals, many of whom have, through no fault of their own, seen a near-total collapse of their earnings as a result of the Covid-19 crisis," the letter reads.

“While digital platforms provide a possible solution for some to earn an income – and many of our members are actively exploring the options for providing online services to their customers – this is not, realistically, going to fill the income gap created by the closure of all of the physical activity facilities they usually teach or instruct from.

“Many of these workers are also parents, carers or partners of other key workers, and they are a vital part of our broader healthcare ecosystem. It is essential that we support them in the same way as employees, so that they are in a position to keep the country fit and healthy during this crisis and beyond.”

The sector bodies have urged the chancellor to show parity with PAYE employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by contributing 80 per cent of average monthly earnings, based on the past three months, or up to £2,500 per month, whichever figure is the lower.

The letter also highlights key findings from a survey of the UK sport and physical activity workforce, undertaken in the last few days, which underline the scale of the issues faced by the sector's employees.

The survey showed that:

• 65 per cent of respondents are self-employed

• 95 per cent have already experienced financial losses, averaging £7,800• 63 per cent have no financial reserves to fall back on

• 75 per cent stated that their insurance does not cover for loss of earnings

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Leading organisations in the physical activity sector have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide urgent financial support for the sector's 60,000 self-employed workers.
SAR,PAC,PLY,WAT,SWM,HAF,FIT,IND,PTS
2020/THUMB345132_727369_414698.jpg
Latest News
Health clubs and gyms will be able to open their doors to individual training sessions ...
Latest News
As health clubs and gyms reopen following lockdowns, it is "absolutely crucial" operators take a ...
Latest News
IHRSA and Fitness Brasil say they have signed a partnership agreement that will see the ...
Latest News
EuropeActive has joined the All Policies for a Healthy Europe (APHE) initiative, as part of ...
Latest News
Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research, ...
Latest News
World Leisure Organization (WLO) has opened the entry process for its International Innovation Prize. Now ...
Latest News
Health clubs, leisure centres and studios in England have opened today (12 April) for the ...
Latest News
A major new initiative will look to strengthen and unite the fitness industry's voice in ...
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s ambition and impact in the physical activity sector aligns perfectly with our values. We now have an amazing suite of state-of-the-art equipment with endless opportunity for innovation
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
Hussle’s new Membership Conversion Service proactively turns Hussle customers into direct club members, encouraging them to join clubs they attend regularly
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Goji’s virus-killing air purification system is the future of air purification for gyms, says Greg Whyte
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
As health clubs around the world start reopening, controlling COVID-19 – while also delivering a great service to customers – must be an obsession for everyone in the sector
HCM Magazine
Management
Katie Lewis and Lindsey Simpson co-founded Workplace Mental Wealth to drive workforce change in the health and fitness industry. Liz Terry talks to Lewis about their first research study – the Fitness and Active Leisure Workforce State of Mind Survey – and the launch of The Good Work Pledge
HCM Magazine
Research
Children with better cardiorespiratory health than their peers also do better on cognitive tests and other measures of brain function, according to new research
HCM Magazine
Insight
How will digital, gyms and live fitness mesh to create a new customer offering in health clubs? Phillip Mills, executive director of Les Mills, shares his views
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
A new tracking tool, called Moving Communities, will assess the impact of the UK’s £100m National Leisure Recovery Fund, as well as evaluating the contribution public sector facilities make to their local communities, as HCM reports
HCM magazine
One of the best aspects of Studio Three is our loyal membership community. Our team has really come to know our members and where they are in their wellness journey
HCM magazine
The Mahindra Group has always taken wellbeing very seriously; its Indian heritage means that mental and spiritual health and mindfulness are embedded in its philosophy
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: 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.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Company profiles
Company profile: Fisikal Limited
Fisikal helps fitness professionals, operators and education organisations improve efficiencies and service through its online ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Life Fitness
Through our Life Fitness Solutions Partners, we can deliver design and build services, finance solutions, ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Property & Tenders
Hillingdon
Hillingdon Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

Physical activity sector leaders urge chancellor to support self-employed workforce

Leading organisations in the physical activity sector have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide urgent financial support for the sector's 60,000 self-employed workers.

The heads of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), ukactive, and Community Leisure UK – along with Clive Ormerod, CEO of Les Mills International – have written an open letter to the chancellor.

“Our workforce is made up of qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals, many of whom have, through no fault of their own, seen a near-total collapse of their earnings as a result of the Covid-19 crisis," the letter reads.

“While digital platforms provide a possible solution for some to earn an income – and many of our members are actively exploring the options for providing online services to their customers – this is not, realistically, going to fill the income gap created by the closure of all of the physical activity facilities they usually teach or instruct from.

“Many of these workers are also parents, carers or partners of other key workers, and they are a vital part of our broader healthcare ecosystem. It is essential that we support them in the same way as employees, so that they are in a position to keep the country fit and healthy during this crisis and beyond.”

The sector bodies have urged the chancellor to show parity with PAYE employees through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme by contributing 80 per cent of average monthly earnings, based on the past three months, or up to £2,500 per month, whichever figure is the lower.

The letter also highlights key findings from a survey of the UK sport and physical activity workforce, undertaken in the last few days, which underline the scale of the issues faced by the sector's employees.

The survey showed that:

• 65 per cent of respondents are self-employed

• 95 per cent have already experienced financial losses, averaging £7,800• 63 per cent have no financial reserves to fall back on

• 75 per cent stated that their insurance does not cover for loss of earnings

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Leading organisations in the physical activity sector have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide urgent financial support for the sector's 60,000 self-employed workers.
SAR,PAC,PLY,WAT,SWM,HAF,FIT,IND,PTS
2020/THUMB345132_727369_414698.jpg

News

Health clubs and gyms will be able to open their doors to individual training sessions
As health clubs and gyms reopen following lockdowns, it is "absolutely crucial" operators take a
IHRSA and Fitness Brasil say they have signed a partnership agreement that will see the
EuropeActive has joined the All Policies for a Healthy Europe (APHE) initiative, as part of
Lack of exercise is a major cause of death from COVID-19, according to new research,
World Leisure Organization (WLO) has opened the entry process for its International Innovation Prize. Now
Global Wellness Summit
Global Wellness Summit
Member engagement software provider The Retention People (TRP) has unveiled the winners of its annual
Health clubs, leisure centres and studios in England have opened today (12 April) for the
A major new initiative will look to strengthen and unite the fitness industry's voice in
A parliamentary report is calling for a £3bn intervention fund to build back better health
Leisure centre operator Everyone Active has formed a partnership with WW (formerly called Weight Watchers),
Adults suffering from chronic pain should be advised to take exercise, rather than be prescribed
As health clubs and fitness studios in England are counting the hours down to reopening
Safe Space Lockers
Safe Space Lockers
Matrix Fitness has announced an exclusive partnership with Primal Strength to target an increased strategic
Empowered Brands, the franchise investment business that acquired énergie Fitness out of a CVA in
John Treharne, founder of The Gym Group, and Jana Havrdová, president of the Czech Chamber
Questex, owner of industry buyer event, Sibec EU, has announced it will partner with FIBO
Les Mills has come up with an ingenious solution to get around the pandemic travel
At-home fitness giant Peloton has officially completed the acquisition of equipment provider Precor, in a
There is growing evidence that a COVID-19 infection could trigger diabetes in some patients. One
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
There’s nothing quite like discovering a product that creates a huge impact in our life.
Danish health club operator Repeat, launched in 2016 by serial fitness entrepreneur Rasmus Ingerslev, has
The UK government has launched a new Office for Health Promotion, designed to lead efforts
FreeMotion Fitness
FreeMotion Fitness
1 - 20 of 11,852
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Technogym’s ambition and impact in the physical activity sector aligns perfectly with our values. We now have an amazing suite of state-of-the-art equipment with endless opportunity for innovation
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
Hussle’s new Membership Conversion Service proactively turns Hussle customers into direct club members, encouraging them to join clubs they attend regularly
HCM Magazine
Promotion
Goji’s virus-killing air purification system is the future of air purification for gyms, says Greg Whyte
HCM Magazine
Editor's letter
As health clubs around the world start reopening, controlling COVID-19 – while also delivering a great service to customers – must be an obsession for everyone in the sector
HCM Magazine
Management
Katie Lewis and Lindsey Simpson co-founded Workplace Mental Wealth to drive workforce change in the health and fitness industry. Liz Terry talks to Lewis about their first research study – the Fitness and Active Leisure Workforce State of Mind Survey – and the launch of The Good Work Pledge
HCM Magazine
Research
Children with better cardiorespiratory health than their peers also do better on cognitive tests and other measures of brain function, according to new research
HCM Magazine
Insight
How will digital, gyms and live fitness mesh to create a new customer offering in health clubs? Phillip Mills, executive director of Les Mills, shares his views
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
A new tracking tool, called Moving Communities, will assess the impact of the UK’s £100m National Leisure Recovery Fund, as well as evaluating the contribution public sector facilities make to their local communities, as HCM reports
HCM magazine
One of the best aspects of Studio Three is our loyal membership community. Our team has really come to know our members and where they are in their wellness journey
HCM magazine
The Mahindra Group has always taken wellbeing very seriously; its Indian heritage means that mental and spiritual health and mindfulness are embedded in its philosophy
HCM magazine
New tax laws will hit the UK fitness sector in early April, changing the way freelance PTs are legally classified for income tax and national insurance, as Abi Harris reports
HCM magazine
HCM People

Colin Grant

CEO, Pure Group
Meticulous tracing and reporting of cases show, time and time again, that fitness centres and yoga studios are some of the safest places on the planet
HCM magazine
Policing the rules, even if it means losing members, will be crucial to building trust as health clubs reopen, Paul Roberts tells Kath Hudson
HCM magazine
It’s a beautiful vision but there’s a lot of hard work ahead
HCM magazine
In spite of having met all government-agreed, COVID-secure operating standards, group exercise has had a rough ride during the pandemic, being closed more than gyms. HCM asks why this is and what can be done about it
HCM magazine
Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: 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.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: How Gympass reinvented wellbeing
Over the last year, fitness and wellness organisations have faced challenges like never before. When gyms closed and members needed alternative support to keep up their health and wellbeing routines, Gympass swiftly pivoted its business model to offer a wealth of digital solutions for its partners.
Company profiles
Company profile: Fisikal Limited
Fisikal helps fitness professionals, operators and education organisations improve efficiencies and service through its online ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Life Fitness
Through our Life Fitness Solutions Partners, we can deliver design and build services, finance solutions, ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions / TVS Sports Surfaces: Flooring
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Exercise equipment
Pendex Fisio S.L.: Exercise equipment
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Property & Tenders
Hillingdon
Hillingdon Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
Diary dates
16-17 Jun 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-04 Jul 2021
Expo Centre & Riviera di Rimini, Italy
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Les Mills
Les Mills