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Sports Direct Fitness readies ‘£250m war chest’ to expand fitness empire

Sports Direct Fitness is laying the foundations for its ‘aggressive’ expansion over the next year by bringing in fresh blood and setting aside £250m to turbocharge the gym chain’s growth.

Health Club Management revealed last month that owner Mike Ashley is happy with the dual-use gym and retail concept devised by the company and is now eager to scale up the rollout of new sites. The ‘£250m war chest’ – first reported by Property Week – will be used to gain a stronger foothold in the south east of England as the chain aims to reach its ultimate goal of 200 gyms nationwide.

The company plans to launch up to 16 new sites in 2016 under the dual-use concept which has seen it offer memberships from as little as £5 per month.

A senior Sports Direct source confirmed that Ashley has appointed Michael Murray, formerly of Central London Properties, to a new property director role. He is tasked with kicking off the expansion of the business on standalone brownfield sites, which will see Sports Direct aim to capitalise on the synergy between its retail and gym divisions by offering the two prospects side-by-side under one roof.

Having made a dramatic entry into the health club market last year with the acquisition of 25 ex-LA fitness sites, Sports Direct Fitness has so far launched three of its new-build facilities. Having lost out to Pure Gym in the race to acquire LA fitness, Sports Direct Fitness had been rumoured to be sizing up a bid for Soho Gyms, although talks have reportedly since broken down.

Sports Direct Fitness is laying the foundations for its ‘aggressive’ expansion over the next year by bringing in fresh blood and setting aside £250m to turbocharge the gym chain’s growth.
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Craig Cocking was appointed Life Fitness UK’s country manager in December, following over 13 years with the business. He reflects on the impact of the past 12 months and shares his views on the future of the industry
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News

Sports Direct Fitness readies ‘£250m war chest’ to expand fitness empire

Sports Direct Fitness is laying the foundations for its ‘aggressive’ expansion over the next year by bringing in fresh blood and setting aside £250m to turbocharge the gym chain’s growth.

Health Club Management revealed last month that owner Mike Ashley is happy with the dual-use gym and retail concept devised by the company and is now eager to scale up the rollout of new sites. The ‘£250m war chest’ – first reported by Property Week – will be used to gain a stronger foothold in the south east of England as the chain aims to reach its ultimate goal of 200 gyms nationwide.

The company plans to launch up to 16 new sites in 2016 under the dual-use concept which has seen it offer memberships from as little as £5 per month.

A senior Sports Direct source confirmed that Ashley has appointed Michael Murray, formerly of Central London Properties, to a new property director role. He is tasked with kicking off the expansion of the business on standalone brownfield sites, which will see Sports Direct aim to capitalise on the synergy between its retail and gym divisions by offering the two prospects side-by-side under one roof.

Having made a dramatic entry into the health club market last year with the acquisition of 25 ex-LA fitness sites, Sports Direct Fitness has so far launched three of its new-build facilities. Having lost out to Pure Gym in the race to acquire LA fitness, Sports Direct Fitness had been rumoured to be sizing up a bid for Soho Gyms, although talks have reportedly since broken down.

Sports Direct Fitness is laying the foundations for its ‘aggressive’ expansion over the next year by bringing in fresh blood and setting aside £250m to turbocharge the gym chain’s growth.
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HCM Magazine
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Matrix Fitness is launching a new three-tiered cardio range to provide total versatility, explains Matt Pengelly
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Interview
Amid reports of a bid to buy the business, HCM was keen to get an update on the state of play at the Bannatyne Group. We sent Kate Cracknell to (virtually) speak to the FD
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More than 30,000 Hussle users have been turned into direct members in the last 18 months. Find out how Hussle can help your business bounce back
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Software
As we adapt to a new way of living, software developers have been supporting the fitness sector with new systems and strategies. We asked operators and developers to share successes
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For years the health and fitness sector has aspired to be taken seriously by the health sector. Is now the time? asks Kath Hudson
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Craig Cocking was appointed Life Fitness UK’s country manager in December, following over 13 years with the business. He reflects on the impact of the past 12 months and shares his views on the future of the industry
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"Prescribing exercise will always be preferential to prescribing painkillers, given the risks associated with their long-term use"
HCM magazine
Groundbreaking research from around the world is proving the many ways exercise can support health and creating opportunities for the sector to be more valued and useful
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Opinion
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The UK’s first dedicated leisure development framework has completed its first four-year term with £144m committed investment in public leisure projects.
Opinion: UK’s first leisure framework celebrates £144m investment in public leisure
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Connect for success with Precor
Members are returning post-lockdown expecting a fully integrated service, meaning digital connectivity has never been more important.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Integrated workout solutions will underpin gyms' recovery, says Les Mills’ Martin Franklin
The UK has spent most of the year in lockdown but finally, clubs are beginning to see their fitness communities open back up, with indoor group exercise not far behind.
Company profiles
Company profile: Incorpore Limited
Incorpore Ltd is a leading fitness and wellness company which has been successfully delivering solutions ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Core Health & Fitness
Core Health & Fitness offers the commercial health and fitness club marketplace an unmatched portfolio ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Funxtion
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Management software
fibodo Limited: Management software
Salt therapy products
Saltability: Salt therapy products
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
07-09 Jun 2021
Virtual summit,
Diary dates
12 Jun 2021
Worldwide, Various,
Diary dates
13-14 Jun 2021
Online,
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
28-29 Sep 2021
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
04-07 Nov 2021
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
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