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press release: ServiceSport (UK) Ltd

25 years supporting the UK fitness industry!

22 Mar 2024
Since its inception in 1999, ServiceSport UK has evolved with the industry / Servicesport
ServiceSport UK celebrates its 25th anniversary on 30th March 2024 and what a 25 years it has been!

Our humble existence began when our owner/founder, Colin Marriott, identified a gap in the market for an independent gym equipment service and repair provider and established ServiceSport (UK) Ltd in March 1999. Our core purpose at the time, to prolong the life of commercial gym equipment. This was a time when gym equipment was predominantly mechanical and in its simplest form. Since then, technology has revolutionised the industry with the introduction of wearables, fitness tracking apps, virtual workouts, AI trainers, connected fitness experiences and even smart gym equipment itself.

Gyms and “standard” workout classes - such as step aerobics and legs, bums and tums - used to dominate the market but now there is an influx of boutique fitness studios that offer specialised classes like HIIT, Pilates, spin and yoga, that cater to diverse preferences and provide personalised experiences. Even the layout of equipment in commercial gyms has changed. The rows and rows of cardio equipment, complemented by fixed-weight machines, have given way to functional training areas that provide gym users with access to rigs, sled tracks, SkiErgs, plyo boxes, kettlebells, lifting platforms and more!

It’s great to see and just shows how far the industry has come. There’s now a growing emphasis on sustainable practices too, such as eco-friendly equipment, green fitness initiatives, energy-efficient facilities, and eco-conscious choices to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and promote environmental responsibility. This is something that we have advocated for many years by encouraging gym operators to prolong the life of their existing equipment, not only through a preventative maintenance programme but by refreshing their existing assets.

Moving forward, we will continue to see the industry focus on holistic health, mental wellness, nutrition, mindfulness, and overall well-being, leading to a more balanced approach to fitness as opposed to just physical fitness and aesthetics. One thing is for sure, fitness has become a lot more accessible with on-demand workouts, virtual training sessions, live streaming classes and fitness apps, making it more convenient for users to engage in exercise anytime, anywhere! This has moved forward another step with the rise in hybrid models that combine in-person and virtual elements, offering a blended approach that caters to different preferences and lifestyles, allowing users to seamlessly transition between physical and digital fitness experiences.

Since our inception in 1999, ServiceSport UK has evolved with the industry. In the beginning, we offered the service and repair of gym equipment, 25 years later, we maintain more than 80,000 assets a year and have expanded our portfolio of services to include gym upholstery repairs, the refresh of used gym equipment, the extraction, build and installation of gym equipment, 3D printing, CNC machining, custom branded clothing, electronic repairs and asset management software that is making life much easier for gym operators.

We are proud to have played our part in supporting the fitness industry and we're extremely excited to see how the fitness industry continues to evolve!

Here's to the next 25 years! 
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You can be forgiven for assuming that prolonging the life of your gym equipment simply involves stepping up your maintenance programme once the OEM warranty has expired.
Having recently opened its doors, offering a range of equipment including 108sqm of dynamic functional and cross-training space, 6 olympic lifting platforms, 9 squat racks, selectorized resistance equipment, 12 cable stations and more, the Just Fitness by Bannatyne Broadstairs site has been transformed to offer a new world of fitness opportunities to the people of Ramsgate and surrounding areas.
Refreshing existing gym equipment can offer several benefits compared to replacing it with brand new equipment.
Gym equipment is a vital investment that requires routine maintenance and regular repairs. The most used and often overlooked pieces of equipment at the gym are the pads on strength machines and benches.
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
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ServiceSport UK has partnered with cutting edge outfit, Upholstery2u, to expand its upholstery repair services, enabling operators to keep their gyms in perfect working order
Sponsored: Servicesport
ServiceSport UK is the industry’s largest independent service provider, supporting gym operators with rapid equipment maintenance, including servicing, repairs and asset management
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01257 264 738
Address: ServiceSport House, Unit 1 & 2 Drumhead Road, Chorley North Business Park, Chorley, Lancs, PR6 7BX, United Kingdom
Michael Ellis, commercial director
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press release: ServiceSport (UK) Ltd

25 years supporting the UK fitness industry!

22 Mar 2024
Since its inception in 1999, ServiceSport UK has evolved with the industry / Servicesport
ServiceSport UK celebrates its 25th anniversary on 30th March 2024 and what a 25 years it has been!

Our humble existence began when our owner/founder, Colin Marriott, identified a gap in the market for an independent gym equipment service and repair provider and established ServiceSport (UK) Ltd in March 1999. Our core purpose at the time, to prolong the life of commercial gym equipment. This was a time when gym equipment was predominantly mechanical and in its simplest form. Since then, technology has revolutionised the industry with the introduction of wearables, fitness tracking apps, virtual workouts, AI trainers, connected fitness experiences and even smart gym equipment itself.

Gyms and “standard” workout classes - such as step aerobics and legs, bums and tums - used to dominate the market but now there is an influx of boutique fitness studios that offer specialised classes like HIIT, Pilates, spin and yoga, that cater to diverse preferences and provide personalised experiences. Even the layout of equipment in commercial gyms has changed. The rows and rows of cardio equipment, complemented by fixed-weight machines, have given way to functional training areas that provide gym users with access to rigs, sled tracks, SkiErgs, plyo boxes, kettlebells, lifting platforms and more!

It’s great to see and just shows how far the industry has come. There’s now a growing emphasis on sustainable practices too, such as eco-friendly equipment, green fitness initiatives, energy-efficient facilities, and eco-conscious choices to reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and promote environmental responsibility. This is something that we have advocated for many years by encouraging gym operators to prolong the life of their existing equipment, not only through a preventative maintenance programme but by refreshing their existing assets.

Moving forward, we will continue to see the industry focus on holistic health, mental wellness, nutrition, mindfulness, and overall well-being, leading to a more balanced approach to fitness as opposed to just physical fitness and aesthetics. One thing is for sure, fitness has become a lot more accessible with on-demand workouts, virtual training sessions, live streaming classes and fitness apps, making it more convenient for users to engage in exercise anytime, anywhere! This has moved forward another step with the rise in hybrid models that combine in-person and virtual elements, offering a blended approach that caters to different preferences and lifestyles, allowing users to seamlessly transition between physical and digital fitness experiences.

Since our inception in 1999, ServiceSport UK has evolved with the industry. In the beginning, we offered the service and repair of gym equipment, 25 years later, we maintain more than 80,000 assets a year and have expanded our portfolio of services to include gym upholstery repairs, the refresh of used gym equipment, the extraction, build and installation of gym equipment, 3D printing, CNC machining, custom branded clothing, electronic repairs and asset management software that is making life much easier for gym operators.

We are proud to have played our part in supporting the fitness industry and we're extremely excited to see how the fitness industry continues to evolve!

Here's to the next 25 years! 
More press releases and updates from ServiceSport (UK) Ltd:
Our Country Manager, Matt Hoffman, is running for a seat on the ukactive Supplier Council representing Fitness Equipment & Equipment Services!
You can be forgiven for assuming that prolonging the life of your gym equipment simply involves stepping up your maintenance programme once the OEM warranty has expired.
Having recently opened its doors, offering a range of equipment including 108sqm of dynamic functional and cross-training space, 6 olympic lifting platforms, 9 squat racks, selectorized resistance equipment, 12 cable stations and more, the Just Fitness by Bannatyne Broadstairs site has been transformed to offer a new world of fitness opportunities to the people of Ramsgate and surrounding areas.
Refreshing existing gym equipment can offer several benefits compared to replacing it with brand new equipment.
Gym equipment is a vital investment that requires routine maintenance and regular repairs. The most used and often overlooked pieces of equipment at the gym are the pads on strength machines and benches.
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Nuffield Health has worked with ServiceSport UK for more than ten years, ensuring the equipment in its clubs is commercially optimised
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Sponsored: Servicesport
ServiceSport UK is the industry’s largest independent service provider, supporting gym operators with rapid equipment maintenance, including servicing, repairs and asset management
ServiceSport (UK) Ltd
Tel: 01257 264 738
Address: ServiceSport House, Unit 1 & 2 Drumhead Road, Chorley North Business Park, Chorley, Lancs, PR6 7BX, United Kingdom
Michael Ellis, commercial director
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Key personnel
Colin Marriott, owner/founder
Chris Crane, operations director
Michael Ellis, commercial director
Graham Wood, chief finance officer
Key customers
The Ministry of Defence,
Bannatyne Health Club,
Nuffield Health,
The Gym Group, Pure Gym,
Parkwood Leisure, Sodexo,
Glasgow Life, Edinburgh Life,
Live Argyll, CBRE, GLL,
Manchester United Football Club,
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Wigan Council,
local Government services,
schools, colleges and universities.
Plans for the next 12 months
To continue supporting fitness operators by prolonging the life of their gym equipment.
Testimonial
"This is the third year in a row that I have chosen to use ServiceSport (UK) Ltd for our gymnasium requirements. I find the customer services department ruthlessly efficient, and the maintenance team very professional with the way that they operate. Working within a military training environment, it is vital our equipment is in the best condition possible, and ServiceSport (UK) Ltd help us achieve this. Recent embroidery works conducted have really added a wow factor to the gym, turning our run down kit into kit that looks new again."
– Christopher Walsh, MOD
Testimonial
“Having seen some of the amazing work that ServiceSport UK delivers for the Ministry of Defence, we were very impressed with how well the gym equipment looked and performed after their refresh process. It made perfect sense to choose this option. Not only does the equipment look new, it also ticks all the boxes for sustainability and our environmental and social responsibilities.”
– Joanna Seldon, senior proposition manager, Nuffield Health.
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“The expertise of the ServiceSport UK team was invaluable in the project to open the first Just Fitness by Bannatyne health club.”
– Colin MacGillivray, head of commercial, Bannatyne Group
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