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21-22 Oct 2014
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21-24 Oct 2014
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22-23 Oct 2014
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22-24 Oct 2014
ATLAS Annual Conference
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23-25 Oct 2014
Club Industry Conference and Trade Show
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24-26 Oct 2014
The OM Yoga Show London
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27-30 Oct 2014
(World Waterpark Association) WWA Symposium & Trade Show
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28 Oct 2014
Sports Facility Show
Motherwell, United Kingdom More>>
28 Oct 2014
The rise of casual dining - too fast or too slow?
London, United Kingdom More>>
31 Oct - 01 Nov 2014
Spa and Wellness International Congress
Moscow , Russia More>>
03-07 Nov 2014
National Spa Awareness Week (NSAW)
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04-05 Nov 2014
Soccerex African Forum 2014
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22 Oct 2014
Free trade website launched to market UK tourism businesses overseas
VisitBritain has created a new version of its international travel trade website, complete with a free self-managing directory to help UK tourism businesses drum up foreign trade. A core feature of the new site enables any UK tourism business to manage its own listing, enabling their company to be searchable .... More>>
22 Oct 2014
Designs unveiled for £15m Geffrye transformation
New plans have been released for the London-based Geffrye Museum’s £15m (US$24m, €18.9m) transformation, which will create new spaces for the museum’s collections and library. The plans .... More>>
22 Oct 2014
New government initiative aiming to strengthen “fan power” at football clubs
The coalition government has launched a new initiative aiming to ensure football fans have more say in the running of their clubs. The Supporter Ownership and Engagement Expert Group will include representatives from government, the English Premier League, The Football Association, the Football League, Supporters Direct and the legal profession. The group will also include insolvency and tax experts and representatives from .... More>>
22 Oct 2014
Fit For Sport strengthens team to foster growth
Children's activity and sport provider Fit For Sport has strengthened its management team with two new appointments to support ongoing expansion. Anita De Villiers has joined the company as head of children’s experience, tasked with ensuring Fit For Sport’s programmes and activities, both in and out of schools, remain innovative, progressive and fun. De Villiers brings a broad range of experience from her previous role as .... More>>
22 Oct 2014
London’s Crystal Palace Sports Centre up for public consultation
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, has begun a consultation process with GT Architects over the proposed plans for a sports centre at Crystal Palace, south London. Launched on 6 October, .... More>>
22 Oct 2014
British Military Fitness seeks cover with new indoor offering
Battling the elements is a familiar pastime for British Military Fitness (BMF) trainers and devotees, but those less inclined towards al fresco exercise can also get in on the action as the training model will soon be offered indoors. With winter fast approaching, BMF is bidding to counter the limitations of .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Fitness First eyes sale of 80 German clubs
Fitness First is in talks to sell its 80 health clubs in Germany as the business bids to hasten its transformation and Asian expansion, Health Club Management understands. Corporate finance firm Lincoln International is advising the Oaktree Capital-owned gym chain on disposal of its German arm – speculated to be worth around £200m (US$323m €253m). Several parties have expressed interest in the portfolio, which has 300,000 members and EBITDA of around €30m (US$38.3m .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Chris Brown swaps FitLinxx for Performance Health Systems
Equipment supplier Performance Health Systems (PHS) has appointed Chris Brown head of healthcare and medical for its Power Plate and bioDensity brands. Brown is tasked with identifying opportunities and managing sales in the corporate wellness, elderly care and medical markets. He is expected to expand distribution of the company’s vibration training machine Power Plate, as well as introduce and sell the bioDensity .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Scott Rolfe replaces Jon Argent as Halo CEO
Halo Leisure’s board of trustees has named enterprise mainstay Scott Rolfe as its new chief executive. Rolfe joined the leisure operator 12 years ago as one of the founding members of its senior management team and has since been director of operations and managing director of its trading arm. Rolfe replaces Halo's founding CEO Jon Argent, who has left after 12 .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Kier group wins £25m contract for Welsh Natural History Museum
St Fagans National History Museum – Wales’ most popular heritage attraction – has named Kier Group as lead-developer for a £25m (US$40m, €31.5m) renovation of the site. With funding from .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Arnaud Diaz moves from Comfort Zone to Thalgo
Thalgo Cosmetics Group has appointed Arnaud Diaz as international director of the company. He has moved from Comfort Zone skincare, where he used to be responsible for international development. Diaz will use his expertise in spa business strategy development and execution – in addition to his understanding of marketing and sales – to help support the international .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
London’s Design Museum to offer free entry
From 2016, London’s Design Museum will be offering free entry to permanent exhibitions following its move to a new site in Kensington. Chancellor of the exchequer, George Osborne, visited the Museum’s new site on 17 October and announced plans to support opening the doors for free under the VAT refund scheme .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
GSWS publishes its best practice manual for hydrothermal projects
The Global Spa & Wellness Summit (GSWS) has published a standards guide for spa and wellness industry projects, the Guide to Hydrothermal Spa Development Standards. The book is designed to help spa owners, operators, architects and .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
UEFA signs landmark partnership with European Commission
UEFA has signed a "historic agreement" with the European Commission, designed to further improve the relationship between the football governing body and the European Union (EU). The Arrangement for Cooperation aims to cement the structured cooperation in key policy areas and strengthens UEFA’s commitment to working with the Commission and other national and European public bodies. As part of the agreement, the .... More>>
21 Oct 2014
Microsoft poised to launch a wearable device ‘within weeks’
Microsoft is reportedly weeks away from launching its own smartwatch with fitness tracking features, expected to challenge existing offerings from rivals Samsung and Apple. The company founded by Bill Gates is said to be planning a quick launch .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Cycling specialist Neil Troutman joins Keiser UK as master instructor
Keiser UK has appointed Neil Troutman as new master instructor, tasked with building a team of master instructors to deliver Keiser’s M Series and Air training courses. In addition, he will be developing a portfolio of training and educational .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Gehry and Foster-designed Battersea high street wins planning approval
The £8bn (US$13bn, €10bn) redevelopment of London's iconic Battersea Power Station has received another boost after the Frank Gehry and Norman Foster-designed mixed-use high street won planning approval. The phase three plans – which will see a new pedestrian high street running from Battersea Park Road to the existing power station building – feature a new public park and glass cube-shaped community hub building, in addition to bars, shops and cafés, and 1,305 homes. .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Naked mixed-gender yoga takes off in London
The latest fitness trend to hit London is mixed-gender naked yoga classes. Actor Matthew McConaughey and pop artist Lady Gaga are said to be fans of the liberating exercise, which supposedly helps participants beat weight issues and become less .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Cambridge City FC receives green light for stadium plans
Cambridge City Football Club (CCFC) has been given the green light to build a 3,000-capacity community stadium in Sawston, Cambridgeshire. The club is now free to start construction work following a final approval for the scheme from secretary .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
First World War battleship to become £12m floating museum
The last surviving battleship of the First World War is to be transformed into a £12m (US$19.3m, €15.1m) floating museum, dedicated to the history of the vessel. With the majority of funding supplied by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the currently derelict HMS Caroline will be turned into a visitor .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
‘Window of opportunity’ for sport to harness technology
Sport should seize the moment and utilise “window of opportunity” to harness technology and get more people involved in sport, according to a new report. The Future Trends - Innovating to Grow Participation in Sport report by the Future .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Study to explore anti-inflammation effects of yoga on cancer patients
A study will begin in the US this December to test the effectiveness of yoga in tackling the inflammation commonly suffered by cancer patients, caused either by tumours or treatments. A form of yoga therapy, developed at the University of Rochester Medical Center, called “Yocas”, has been devised for cancer patients and survivors. Patients will practice this form .... More>>
20 Oct 2014
Sport initiative to help people with mental health problems
A new £2m programme using sport to improve the lives of people with mental health problems will be launched in England next year (2015). The first of its kind in size and scope, the initiative will be run in eight areas across England and is .... More>>
18 Oct 2014
IHRSA 2014: Health clubs under threat from march of microgyms, says Ray Algar
Traditional health clubs offering a broad selection of activities at a mid-range price are at serious risk of having their business ‘salami-sliced’ away by specialised competitors. That was the view of respected industry analyst Ray Algar during .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
A stirling effort – Haworth Tompkins ‘Everyman Theatre’ bags prestigious Stirling prize
Haworth Tompkins’ Everyman Theatre has beaten the likes of the London Aquatic Centre and the Shard to be crowned this year's RIBA Stirling Prize winner. The London-based practice had to fight off stiff competition from other illustrious firms and .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
£25m resort planned for the Scottish Highlands
A resort that would take 20 years and an estimated £25m (US$40m, €31.4m) to develop is being planned in 7,300 acres of national forest land next to Britain’s highest mountain peak, Ben .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
Isle of Wight tourism drive to promote island's landscape
The Isle of Wight is turning its tourism focus from promoting its ‘Dinosaur Island’ campaign – which has been active for the past two years – to a new campaign putting the Garden Isle’s landscape at the heart of its marketing message. Led by .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
Mace to deliver £150m Wycombe leisure and retail hub
Wycombe District Council has appointed Mace Real Estate as lead developer for its £150m Handy Cross Hub mixed-use development. The 17-acre site, overlooking the Chilterns, will include a .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
IHRSA 2014: Olav Thorstad wins European Leadership Award
Health & Fitness Nordic Company CEO Olav Thorstad was presented with the EU Club Leadership Award 2014 during the 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress in Amsterdam this morning (17 October). Announcing the award, IHRSA president and CEO Joe Moore praised Thorstad for his efforts to advance both his company and the industry, as well as for his involvement in charity efforts and commitment to giving back. Thorstad joined .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
GLL toasts double leisure contract success
Leisure operator GLL is in the mood for celebration after picking up two major contracts in quick succession. The not-for-profit leisure provider has been awarded long-term leases for six of Swindon’s leisure facilities – joining the Oasis Leisure Centre which it already runs in Swindon. From 1 November, GLL will run Croft Sports Centre, Delta Tennis Centre, Dorcan Recreation Complex, Haydon Centre, Health Hydro and the .... More>>
17 Oct 2014
IHRSA 2014: CEO Joe Moore hails industry ALS campaign
IHRSA president and CEO Joe Moore paid tribute to the health and fitness industry's growing sense of philanthropism during his welcome address at IHRSA Europe in Amsterdam this morning (17 .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
Newcastle United fans win stadium ruling
A supporters group for Newcastle United Football Club has won its bid to protect the club’s home ground of St James’ Park in case the stadium is ever put up for sale. The application by the Newcastle United Supporters Trust (NUST) has seen the .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
Research grant to fund the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder with spa therapies
The International Spa Association (ISPA) Foundation has announced the second recipient of the Dr Howard Murad Research Grant at the 24th annual ISPA Conference & Expo, which has just taken place in Las Vegas, US, between 13-15 October. Dr Rashmi Mullur of Los Angeles, US, will receive US$45,000 (€35,165, £28,155) toward her research, which is looking into determining the effects of a comprehensive lifestyle intervention on .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
IHRSA Europe Congress kicks off in Amsterdam
The 14th IHRSA European Congress gets underway in Amsterdam today (16 October) with delegates arriving for an action-packed four days of networking and discussions. More than 500 health and fitness industry professionals from across the globe are .... More>>
16 Oct 2014
First projects completed under Sport England’s £18m Primary Spaces fund
More than 600 primary schools in England have now received grants from Sport England’s £18m Primary Spaces fund to improve their outdoor sports facilities. Out of the 600, around 100 schools have already completed projects to improve their PE and play offering. The funding for the new facilities was .... More>>
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