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
Technogym
Technogym
Technogym
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

The Gym Group has created '£1.8bn in social value' since 2016

Study by Sheffield Hallam University calculates that each Gym Group site has created £3m in social value
Social value generated by each site grew each year driven by increased member usage
Methodology used by Sheffield Hallam was initially commissioned by Sport England and the Government
Visiting the gym reduces the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression

Budget fitness operator The Gym Group has generated £1.8bn in social value since 2016.

Pre-pandemic, the company – which operates 186 gyms around the UK – generated £490 in social value per member per year, equivalent to an average of £3m per site.

The social value generated by each site grew each year driven by increased member usage, until lockdowns reduced overall member visits in 2020.

The figure comes from a study by Sheffield Hallam University, which establishes The Gym Group as the first private-sector UK company to commission an analysis of the social value created by its business.

The methodology, initially commissioned by Sport England and the Government, uses a 'Social Value Calculator' developed by 4global in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and socio-economic data provider Experian.

The outputs of the model are split into four core categories: health, subjective wellbeing, education and crime and are driven by the number of people exercising, frequency of activity, demographics and socio-economic factors.

The £1.8bn figure is based on the finding that using the gym reduces the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression, and also increases life satisfaction, improves educational attainment and reduces the rate of crime among young men.

The full study will be published as part of The Gym Group's 2020 Annual Report this week.

Richard Darwin, CEO of The Gym Group, said: "Sustainability is in our DNA and the creation of £1.8bn of social value in the last 5 years, is an important part of our purpose as a business.

"These findings emphasise just how important physical activity is – not only for mental wellbeing and physical health, but also in the economic and social benefit it brings to the communities in which we operate.

"With the pandemic shining a light on the risks of obesity and the importance of regular exercise, it is now more crucial than ever to offer the nation access to inclusive, affordable gyms. We are proud to make a difference - and we are looking forward to continuing to play a part in keeping our nation active."

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Budget fitness operator The Gym Group has generated £1.8bn in social value since 2016.
PTS,HAF,FIT,IND,ACD,RES
2021/THUMB347361_806427_62099.jpg
Latest News
People with depression should be prescribed exercise and then monitored for the first 12 weeks ...
Latest News
Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with ...
Latest News
The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing ...
Latest News
Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness ...
Latest News
People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council. ...
Latest News
IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry ...
Latest News
Boutique studio operator TRIB3 has launched its own-brand range of luxury toiletries. The operator, which ...
Latest News
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group is bringing its John Reed brand of health clubs to the ...
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Daniel Jones is the brains behind Orbit4, the world’s first digital ecosystem to manage and facilitate the entire commercial fitness product cycle. We caught up with him at Orbit4 HQ in Cheshire
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Come join the party!
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
As the UK’s first dedicated development framework for leisure comes to the end of its initial four-year term, Jamie Groves and Sarah Watts discuss the impact
HCM Magazine
Profile
Kath Hudson talks to the thought-leader and trailblazer
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
An ongoing partnership between Active Leeds and Hussle has created exciting results in the form of increased usage and memberships
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
Aneurin Leisure Trust used lockdown to transform and digitise its gyms, ready for reopening
HCM Magazine
Facilities
Choosing the right flooring is critical for gym and health club operators. Suppliers share their latest news, tips and product launches to help you choose wisely
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Safe Space Lockers has extended its partnership with boutique fitness franchise TRIB3, in a new 10-site supplier agreement, following the recent installation at TRIB3 Edinburgh
HCM magazine
Consumer research has shown a population-wide surge in interest in reducing lockdown weight gain and getting fitter. Is the industry ready and willing to put its hand up to help people with weight loss? Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
As our sector starts to recover, there will be changes in the needs of communities, consumers and the provision of opportunities. To explore this subject we hosted a virtual round table to better understand views on key workforce questions
Opinion
promotion
While much of the fitness industry has reopened its doors across the UK over the past weeks, many members are yet to return.
Opinion: Re-engaging your post-lockdown absent members
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: First digital ecosystem for fitness equipment is launched after £300,000 funding boost
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product cycle.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: INEOS: The future of hand-sanitising
As gyms begin to reopen, cleanliness and hygiene remain an essential part of ensuring staff and members are confident to return.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active bolsters Everyone on Demand and enters second year with five new partnerships
Everyone Active has signed a number of new deals which will see the operator strengthen its digital product offering, Everyone on Demand.
Video Gallery
MyZone Group Ltd
FreeMotion Fitness
Pendex
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Mediana Co., Ltd.
Mediana specialises in the manufacture of medical and health care devices, such as body composition ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Funxtion
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
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
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

The Gym Group has created '£1.8bn in social value' since 2016

Study by Sheffield Hallam University calculates that each Gym Group site has created £3m in social value
Social value generated by each site grew each year driven by increased member usage
Methodology used by Sheffield Hallam was initially commissioned by Sport England and the Government
Visiting the gym reduces the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression

Budget fitness operator The Gym Group has generated £1.8bn in social value since 2016.

Pre-pandemic, the company – which operates 186 gyms around the UK – generated £490 in social value per member per year, equivalent to an average of £3m per site.

The social value generated by each site grew each year driven by increased member usage, until lockdowns reduced overall member visits in 2020.

The figure comes from a study by Sheffield Hallam University, which establishes The Gym Group as the first private-sector UK company to commission an analysis of the social value created by its business.

The methodology, initially commissioned by Sport England and the Government, uses a 'Social Value Calculator' developed by 4global in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University and socio-economic data provider Experian.

The outputs of the model are split into four core categories: health, subjective wellbeing, education and crime and are driven by the number of people exercising, frequency of activity, demographics and socio-economic factors.

The £1.8bn figure is based on the finding that using the gym reduces the likelihood of developing diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer and depression, and also increases life satisfaction, improves educational attainment and reduces the rate of crime among young men.

The full study will be published as part of The Gym Group's 2020 Annual Report this week.

Richard Darwin, CEO of The Gym Group, said: "Sustainability is in our DNA and the creation of £1.8bn of social value in the last 5 years, is an important part of our purpose as a business.

"These findings emphasise just how important physical activity is – not only for mental wellbeing and physical health, but also in the economic and social benefit it brings to the communities in which we operate.

"With the pandemic shining a light on the risks of obesity and the importance of regular exercise, it is now more crucial than ever to offer the nation access to inclusive, affordable gyms. We are proud to make a difference - and we are looking forward to continuing to play a part in keeping our nation active."

Sign up here to get HCM's weekly ezine and every issue of HCM magazine free on digital.
Budget fitness operator The Gym Group has generated £1.8bn in social value since 2016.
PTS,HAF,FIT,IND,ACD,RES
2021/THUMB347361_806427_62099.jpg

News

People with depression should be prescribed exercise and then monitored for the first 12 weeks
Frequent strenuous exercise increases the risk of developing motor neurone disease (MND) in people with
The UK government has extended the ban on commercial evictions until 25 March 2022. Announcing
Operating a further four weeks at reduced capacity will place serious pressure on English fitness
People experiencing homelessness are being offered free access to leisure centres by Oxford City Council.
IHRSA has appointed Elizabeth Clark as its new president and CEO. Clark joins the industry
JP Lennard
JP Lennard
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product
Boutique studio operator TRIB3 has launched its own-brand range of luxury toiletries. The operator, which
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group is bringing its John Reed brand of health clubs to the
The government needs to urgently set out its plans to support physical activity and fitness
Glofox will begin offering health clubs, gyms and fitness studios instant access to financing, following
Hong Kong-based Bricks Group has revealed plans to launch its health club chain, U Time,
A £30m luxury leisure development scheme which has been more than a decade in the
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Active IQ has launched two new qualifications – the Level 2 Diploma in Health and
Apple has previewed its much-awaited watchOS 8, the operating system for its Apple Watch. The
Chinese health club chain Supermonkey has finalised a series E funding round, valuing the company
Gymbox has signed a partnership agreement to provide members of flexible workspace provider WeWork with
The number of health club members returning to gyms since lockdown has beaten all expectations,
The Jumeirah Group has reopened the 186-room The Carlton Tower Jumeirah, in the heart of
David Lloyd Clubs has enrolled former Labour Party deputy leader Tom Watson to help raise
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
Crown Sport Lockers (UK) Ltd
TRIB3 has secured a franchise deal which will see it open 20 studios across Belgium,
ukactive has published new data from the National ReferAll Database (NRD) – the UK’s first
FIBO Exhibition
FIBO Exhibition
1 - 20 of 11,921
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Daniel Jones is the brains behind Orbit4, the world’s first digital ecosystem to manage and facilitate the entire commercial fitness product cycle. We caught up with him at Orbit4 HQ in Cheshire
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Come join the party!
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
As the UK’s first dedicated development framework for leisure comes to the end of its initial four-year term, Jamie Groves and Sarah Watts discuss the impact
HCM Magazine
Profile
Kath Hudson talks to the thought-leader and trailblazer
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
An ongoing partnership between Active Leeds and Hussle has created exciting results in the form of increased usage and memberships
HCM Magazine
Supplier showcase
Aneurin Leisure Trust used lockdown to transform and digitise its gyms, ready for reopening
HCM Magazine
Facilities
Choosing the right flooring is critical for gym and health club operators. Suppliers share their latest news, tips and product launches to help you choose wisely
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
Safe Space Lockers has extended its partnership with boutique fitness franchise TRIB3, in a new 10-site supplier agreement, following the recent installation at TRIB3 Edinburgh
HCM magazine
Consumer research has shown a population-wide surge in interest in reducing lockdown weight gain and getting fitter. Is the industry ready and willing to put its hand up to help people with weight loss? Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
As our sector starts to recover, there will be changes in the needs of communities, consumers and the provision of opportunities. To explore this subject we hosted a virtual round table to better understand views on key workforce questions
HCM magazine
Physical activity gives structure and meaning to people’s lives, according to new research
HCM magazine
HCM people

Andy McGlynn

Founder, GSquared
Once we grow beyond Manchester we’ll go head to head with Equinox and Third Space
HCM magazine
CV kit has been fully connective for some time, but with the rise of the hybrid gym goer, what are strength suppliers doing to meet the demand for a fully connected offer?
HCM magazine
Moving Communities is our chance to demonstrate our value and develop a universal service for all, argues Martyn Allison
HCM magazine
As the industry enters a phase of regrowth following the loss of members during lockdown, it’s crucial to understand customer acquisition cost versus the lifetime value of each customer, as Paul Bedford and Jamie Owens explain
HCM magazine
We’re about to launch Thrive, a class-leading co-living platform and we’ll continue our growth by developing world-class branded hotels. We love to explore anything that has a roof
HCM magazine
Opinion
promotion
While much of the fitness industry has reopened its doors across the UK over the past weeks, many members are yet to return.
Opinion: Re-engaging your post-lockdown absent members
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: First digital ecosystem for fitness equipment is launched after £300,000 funding boost
Orbit4 is the first digital ecosystem that manages and facilitates the entire commercial fitness product cycle.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: INEOS: The future of hand-sanitising
As gyms begin to reopen, cleanliness and hygiene remain an essential part of ensuring staff and members are confident to return.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Being active helps Parkwood Leisure customers save the NHS £16m
Parkwood Leisure, one of the UK’s leading public leisure facilities operators, helped prevent more than 7,000 cases of stroke, dementia, depression and type 2 diabetes in 2019, saving the NHS £16 million, a new social value report has shown.
Featured operators news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active bolsters Everyone on Demand and enters second year with five new partnerships
Everyone Active has signed a number of new deals which will see the operator strengthen its digital product offering, Everyone on Demand.
Video Gallery
MyZone Group Ltd
FreeMotion Fitness
Pendex
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Mediana Co., Ltd.
Mediana specialises in the manufacture of medical and health care devices, such as body composition ...
Supplier Showcases
Supplier showcase - Funxtion
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Fitness equipment
Precor: Fitness equipment
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Exercise equipment
Power Plate: Exercise equipment
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Property & Tenders
Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire
Carmarthenshire County Council
Property & Tenders
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
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Technogym
Technogym