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 International
Les Mills International
Les Mills International
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

ukactive reveals details of new Active Standard, launching in 2021

Fundamentally, this new standard will provide each member with recognition that they have met a consistent set of standards
– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Physical activity body, ukactive, has revealed plans to create a new sector standard for active leisure, to act as a product and service quality trademark.

Speaking at the ukactive Summit today (4 November 2020), chair, Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: "This standard will cover the full scale of our sector – from operators, suppliers and children’s activity providers and will be developed with key partners, stakeholders, members and customers.

“The 'Active Standard' will provide reassurance for customers that they are receiving the best possible service from ukactive members and help members access new partnerships across the wider health agenda.

"The ability to enhance a standard across the sector by capitalising on the collaboration of all sector channels shows the need of a defined standard to evidence quality to stakeholders and wider society."

ukactive will begin developing and consulting on the standard, with the aim of rolling it out from Spring 2021.

"The impact of the Standard will ensure member and the industry’s reputation are protected moving forward, while further raising the value of our work," Grey-Thompson added.

"The Active Standard is the all-encompassing, flexible approach needed to consistently maintain the standards necessary to enhance the continued professionalism of the sector."

Speaking at the Summit, Grey-Thompson also expressed her "overwhelming frustration" at the second lockdown decision to close gyms and places of activity, saying "While we have great sympathy for the Westminster Government...there are many people all over the country who will have been thinking about how to get fitter and healthier, along with their families and they will have been looking to our sector to support them to do that during this tough winter.

"It does feel like such a misstep that the Government has not heeded our strong and continuous calls to categorise our sector as essential and acknowledge the astonishing safety standards that our sector has sustained throughout this period.

"I fear this will have severe repercussions for the nation.

"We know from Sport England’s recent Active Lives survey that activity levels fell sharply during the first lockdown.

"Also, analysis from SAGE has warned us that health inequalities among some vulnerable and BAME groups will increase during a winter lockdown period.

"I share the frustration of members who play an essential role for communities across the country and have proven their ability to make their facilities COVID-secure.

"I understand the real anxiety that this second national lockdown will lead to business failure and major job losses within the sector.

"I fear the damage this lockdown will mean for the physical and mental wellbeing of the millions of people, of all ages and backgrounds, that depend on our sector.

"I also fear the new lockdown measures – brought in to combat this crisis – could well fuel another crisis in inactivity and mental health, unless we see a plan for addressing this.

"To this end, I and the team will continue to work tirelessly to represent and champion the needs of our members at this time, doing everything within our power and influence to convince our Government of the essential service our sector provides."

Grey-Thompson called on the government to wholeheartedly support the sector, saying: "In the midst of this storm, one thing is really important: we need to believe our Government has our back, that it understands the scale of the challenge we face, recognises the support we require and values the considerable role our sector plays in the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of communities and people all of over the country.

"It’s with a heavy heart that I feel there is a growing number of people across the sport and physical activity sector who don’t truly believe the Government appreciates this right now – and we must work together to change that.

"Today, I want to call on the Government to urgently bring together a diverse set of leaders from across the sector during this period of national lockdown to have real dialogue on both the survival of the sector and the full role it can play in our society’s renewal.

"It needs a strategy. The Government must develop the plans that I shared with the Prime Minister in September.

"We need a recovery plan that brings together taxation and regulatory reform, alongside investment and supports the sector to work its way out of this crisis.

"Furthermore, we need a fundamental shift in how our sector is valued across Whitehall.

"I have no doubt this can be achieved with sufficient will and energy from all sides, and this November lockdown is the moment to do just this.

"Failure to do so would be a tragic missed opportunity."

Physical activity body, ukactive, has revealed plans to create a new sector standard for active leisure, to act as a product and service quality trademark.
SAR,WAT,SWM,HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,PUB
2020/THUMB346556_477507_456976.jpg
Latest News
Temporary measures brought in to support businesses in the UK from insolvency during the pandemic ...
Latest News
Nadine Dorries has replaced Oliver Dowden as the Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture ...
Latest News
In a major move against the gym market, Apple has revealed a number of upgrades ...
Latest News
Physical activity professionals in England will soon be able to access free, one-to-one learning with ...
Latest News
Fitness equipment giant Nautilus has acquired VAY, a firm specialising in AI and motion technology. ...
Latest News
An award celebrating outstanding individuals in the fitness sector is to be named in honour ...
Latest News
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has reorganised its top team in order to expand its estate ...
Latest News
Downtown Miami’s upcoming mixed-use development Legacy Hotel & Residences has signed a joint venture deal ...
HCM Magazine
Supplier launch
Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next-generation LED console with intuitive functionality and digital connectivity
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Les Mills is launching a new digital network called Les Mills Connect to help clubs build back better and emerge from the pandemic with a stronger business
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Billed as the ‘2021 Experience Tour’, Egym has taken its connected gym floor experience on the road around the UK
HCM Magazine
HCM people
This partnership with F45 is an exciting business venture for me
HCM Magazine
Interview
David Lloyd Leisure has not only regained its pre-pandemic member numbers, it’s also seeking acquisitions, going hard on digital and continuing to upgrade its portfolio. Its CEO talks to Kate Cracknell
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Active IQ is launching courses to upskill fitness professionals to work in social prescribing, extending the reach of the industry
HCM Magazine
Hybrid
The Gym Group has taken its digital hybrid strategy full circle, piloting in-gym workout pods and studios with its home workout delivery partner, Fiit. HCM talks to the team driving the project
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
GLL is best known for running leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities across the UK, but a lesser-known part of its remit is its GLL Sport Foundation which supports Olympic hopefuls. Liz Terry finds out more
HCM magazine
Dr Davina Deniszczyc talks us through the findings of the first Nuffield Healthier Nation Index, which has benchmarked activity levels and attitudes to exercise among the UK population
HCM magazine
Booming membership sales, busy suburban clubs and members visiting during the working day. Operators are reporting it’s good to be back. Kath Hudson finds out what business has been like since the re-set button was pressed
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Active IQ Skills Hub helps fitness professionals boost skills in post-Covid market
Suffice to say that the pandemic has completely changed the way fitness professionals work and the way consumers work out – and therein lies opportunity.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Uptivo: Individual and group heart rate tracking
Uptivo is an all-in-one digital solution for fitness clubs, fitness boutique studios and personal trainers that provides powerful tools to schedule activities, manage member payments, and monitor heart rate both for remote and on-site classes.
Featured operator 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 operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Company profiles
Company profile: énergie Fitness
Empowered Brands, owner of the énergie fitness business, has leveraged more than 18 years of ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Merrithew™ - Leaders in Mindful Movement™
Merrithew™ enriches the lives of others with responsible exercise modalities and innovative, multidisciplinary fitness offerings ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
13-14 Oct 2021
Online,
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates

News

ukactive reveals details of new Active Standard, launching in 2021

Fundamentally, this new standard will provide each member with recognition that they have met a consistent set of standards
– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Physical activity body, ukactive, has revealed plans to create a new sector standard for active leisure, to act as a product and service quality trademark.

Speaking at the ukactive Summit today (4 November 2020), chair, Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: "This standard will cover the full scale of our sector – from operators, suppliers and children’s activity providers and will be developed with key partners, stakeholders, members and customers.

“The 'Active Standard' will provide reassurance for customers that they are receiving the best possible service from ukactive members and help members access new partnerships across the wider health agenda.

"The ability to enhance a standard across the sector by capitalising on the collaboration of all sector channels shows the need of a defined standard to evidence quality to stakeholders and wider society."

ukactive will begin developing and consulting on the standard, with the aim of rolling it out from Spring 2021.

"The impact of the Standard will ensure member and the industry’s reputation are protected moving forward, while further raising the value of our work," Grey-Thompson added.

"The Active Standard is the all-encompassing, flexible approach needed to consistently maintain the standards necessary to enhance the continued professionalism of the sector."

Speaking at the Summit, Grey-Thompson also expressed her "overwhelming frustration" at the second lockdown decision to close gyms and places of activity, saying "While we have great sympathy for the Westminster Government...there are many people all over the country who will have been thinking about how to get fitter and healthier, along with their families and they will have been looking to our sector to support them to do that during this tough winter.

"It does feel like such a misstep that the Government has not heeded our strong and continuous calls to categorise our sector as essential and acknowledge the astonishing safety standards that our sector has sustained throughout this period.

"I fear this will have severe repercussions for the nation.

"We know from Sport England’s recent Active Lives survey that activity levels fell sharply during the first lockdown.

"Also, analysis from SAGE has warned us that health inequalities among some vulnerable and BAME groups will increase during a winter lockdown period.

"I share the frustration of members who play an essential role for communities across the country and have proven their ability to make their facilities COVID-secure.

"I understand the real anxiety that this second national lockdown will lead to business failure and major job losses within the sector.

"I fear the damage this lockdown will mean for the physical and mental wellbeing of the millions of people, of all ages and backgrounds, that depend on our sector.

"I also fear the new lockdown measures – brought in to combat this crisis – could well fuel another crisis in inactivity and mental health, unless we see a plan for addressing this.

"To this end, I and the team will continue to work tirelessly to represent and champion the needs of our members at this time, doing everything within our power and influence to convince our Government of the essential service our sector provides."

Grey-Thompson called on the government to wholeheartedly support the sector, saying: "In the midst of this storm, one thing is really important: we need to believe our Government has our back, that it understands the scale of the challenge we face, recognises the support we require and values the considerable role our sector plays in the physical, mental, and social wellbeing of communities and people all of over the country.

"It’s with a heavy heart that I feel there is a growing number of people across the sport and physical activity sector who don’t truly believe the Government appreciates this right now – and we must work together to change that.

"Today, I want to call on the Government to urgently bring together a diverse set of leaders from across the sector during this period of national lockdown to have real dialogue on both the survival of the sector and the full role it can play in our society’s renewal.

"It needs a strategy. The Government must develop the plans that I shared with the Prime Minister in September.

"We need a recovery plan that brings together taxation and regulatory reform, alongside investment and supports the sector to work its way out of this crisis.

"Furthermore, we need a fundamental shift in how our sector is valued across Whitehall.

"I have no doubt this can be achieved with sufficient will and energy from all sides, and this November lockdown is the moment to do just this.

"Failure to do so would be a tragic missed opportunity."

Physical activity body, ukactive, has revealed plans to create a new sector standard for active leisure, to act as a product and service quality trademark.
SAR,WAT,SWM,HAF,FIT,IND,PTS,PUB
2020/THUMB346556_477507_456976.jpg

News

Temporary measures brought in to support businesses in the UK from insolvency during the pandemic
Nadine Dorries has replaced Oliver Dowden as the Secretary of State for Digital, Media, Culture
In a major move against the gym market, Apple has revealed a number of upgrades
Physical activity professionals in England will soon be able to access free, one-to-one learning with
Fitness equipment giant Nautilus has acquired VAY, a firm specialising in AI and motion technology.
An award celebrating outstanding individuals in the fitness sector is to be named in honour
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
Life Fitness (UK) Ltd
As Surge expands its offer with the launch of a third dedicated Electronic Muscle Stimulation
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has reorganised its top team in order to expand its estate
Downtown Miami’s upcoming mixed-use development Legacy Hotel & Residences has signed a joint venture deal
Colin Waggett has revealed that the recent deal, which saw KSL Capital Partners acquire a
3d Leisure has acquired franchised studio operator Yourzone45 from Elms Fitness Group for an undisclosed
A new, one-day conference will create a platform for a debate on how the global
The Gym Group says it intends to exploit "the most favourable property market in its
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Miha Bodytec GmbH
Power Plate has teamed up with Myzone to provide its community with new class experiences
New data from the ukactive Research Institute shows that for every 100,000 visits to UK
The basal metabolic rate at which a body burns calories peaks at a much earlier
Rainer Schaller's RSG Group has set 20 September as the opening date for its first
Fitness is the world's most popular physical activity and more than 50 per cent of
Shares in Peloton have fallen after the company revealed fourth-quarter losses. It also said that
PureGym says it is looking to expand its operations beyond Europe, after experiencing a strong
Innovatise UK Ltd
Innovatise UK Ltd
The best in class of the physical activity sector have been revealed at the ukactive
Johnson Health Tech (JHT) has acquired its distributor, Matrix Fitness South Africa. Following the deal,
A consultation has been launched to review the current provision of fitness and leisure facilities
Les Mills
Les Mills
1 - 20 of 12,018
HCM Magazine
Supplier launch
Life Fitness introduces Integrity SL, the next-generation LED console with intuitive functionality and digital connectivity
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Les Mills is launching a new digital network called Les Mills Connect to help clubs build back better and emerge from the pandemic with a stronger business
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Billed as the ‘2021 Experience Tour’, Egym has taken its connected gym floor experience on the road around the UK
HCM Magazine
HCM people
This partnership with F45 is an exciting business venture for me
HCM Magazine
Interview
David Lloyd Leisure has not only regained its pre-pandemic member numbers, it’s also seeking acquisitions, going hard on digital and continuing to upgrade its portfolio. Its CEO talks to Kate Cracknell
HCM Magazine
Sponsored
Active IQ is launching courses to upskill fitness professionals to work in social prescribing, extending the reach of the industry
HCM Magazine
Hybrid
The Gym Group has taken its digital hybrid strategy full circle, piloting in-gym workout pods and studios with its home workout delivery partner, Fiit. HCM talks to the team driving the project
HCM Magazine
HCM magazine
GLL is best known for running leisure facilities on behalf of local authorities across the UK, but a lesser-known part of its remit is its GLL Sport Foundation which supports Olympic hopefuls. Liz Terry finds out more
HCM magazine
Dr Davina Deniszczyc talks us through the findings of the first Nuffield Healthier Nation Index, which has benchmarked activity levels and attitudes to exercise among the UK population
HCM magazine
Booming membership sales, busy suburban clubs and members visiting during the working day. Operators are reporting it’s good to be back. Kath Hudson finds out what business has been like since the re-set button was pressed
HCM magazine
Changes to DNA which occur during exercise give protection against a wide range of diseases, according to new research from the Univesity of Copenhagen
HCM magazine
The appetite for health clubs is strong among consumers and investors – to take advantage of this, operators must figure out how to meet key challenges in operationally sustainable ways
HCM magazine
Running booms when health clubs and gyms are closed. Could this enthusiasm result in treadmill training becoming the new spinning? Kath Hudson reports
HCM magazine
HCM People

Colin Waggett

CEO, Third Space
We first started talking to KSL over two years ago, so this was not a rushed partnership
HCM magazine
Generations rarely have the opportunity to reset public opinion and effect behaviour change for good, but post-pandemic two unequal movements with a lot in common will be the focus of governments, says David Minton
HCM magazine
How have consumers responded to the end of lockdowns? Cesar Carvalho shares some bounceback numbers with HCM
HCM magazine
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Active IQ Skills Hub helps fitness professionals boost skills in post-Covid market
Suffice to say that the pandemic has completely changed the way fitness professionals work and the way consumers work out – and therein lies opportunity.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier news: Uptivo: Individual and group heart rate tracking
Uptivo is an all-in-one digital solution for fitness clubs, fitness boutique studios and personal trainers that provides powerful tools to schedule activities, manage member payments, and monitor heart rate both for remote and on-site classes.
Featured operator 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 operator news
Featured operator news: Everyone Active generates £342m in social value
Award-winning leisure operator Everyone Active generated £342million in social value at its sites across the country in 2019/20.
Company profiles
Company profile: énergie Fitness
Empowered Brands, owner of the énergie fitness business, has leveraged more than 18 years of ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Merrithew™ - Leaders in Mindful Movement™
Merrithew™ enriches the lives of others with responsible exercise modalities and innovative, multidisciplinary fitness offerings ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Salt therapy products
Himalayan Source: Salt therapy products
Uniforms
Service Sport: Uniforms
Independent service & maintenance
Servicesport UK Limited: Independent service & maintenance
Red Light Therapy
 Red Light Rising: Red Light Therapy
Spa software
SpaBooker: Spa software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Wearable technology solutions
MyZone: Wearable technology solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Whole body cryotherapy
Art of Cryo: Whole body cryotherapy
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Property & Tenders
Welwyn Garden City
Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council
Property & Tenders
Newport, Shropshire
Lilleshall Sports Academy
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
18-19 Sep 2021
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
21-24 Sep 2021
Messe Stuttgart, Germany
Diary dates
13-14 Oct 2021
Online,
Diary dates
01-03 Feb 2022
Coventry Building Society Arena, Coventry, United Kingdom
Diary dates
07-10 Apr 2022
Exhibition Centre , Cologne, Germany
Diary dates
15-16 Jun 2022
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
Diary dates
01-07 Dec 2022
tbc, Dunedin, New Zealand
Diary dates
Search news, features & products:
Find a supplier:
Les Mills International
Les Mills International