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02-04 Sep 2014
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02-04 Sep 2014
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04-05 Sep 2014
THINC Indonesia
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07-12 Sep 2014
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08-09 Sep 2014
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08-14 Sep 2014
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09 Sep 2014
European Sport Development Network 2014
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10-11 Sep 2014
Health+Fitness Business Expo & Interbike Expo
Las Vegas, United States More>>
10-11 Sep 2014
APSE Annual Seminar 2014
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10-12 Sep 2014
Global Spa and Wellness Summit
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17-18 Sep 2014
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17-20 Sep 2014
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31 Jul 2014
Multiple attraction launches in first half of 2014 spur on Merlin's profit numbers
Merlin Entertainments has posted its half year results through to 28 June 2014, marking a 10 per cent growth in operating profit compared to the same period last year. Operating profits for the attractions operator increased to £71m (US$119.8m, €89.5m) for the first half of the year, compared to £64m (£108m, €80.7m) profit from the same period in 2013. Visitor .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Man United owners to sell five per cent share in club for US$150m
Six children of the late billionaire Malcolm Glazer are expected to make around US$150m (£89m) by selling a five per cent stake in Manchester United Football Club (MUFC). Avram, Kevin, Bryan, Joel, Darcie and Edward – who took over their father's business interests when he passed away in May 2014 – will still own .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Precor switches up sales team
Fitness equipment supplier and manufacturer Precor has shuffled the pack of its sales team, moving two senior members into new roles. Senior group account manager James Moffat has been promoted to sales director EMEA Partners. The role sees Moffat managing the company’s export partners where Precor does not have a direct office. Having worked for Precor for the .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Significant part of Eastbourne Pier destroyed in fire
A large part of Eastbourne Pier was reduced to a burned out shell yesterday (30 July) after a blazing inferno tore through the Grade II-listed structure, destroying a significant amount of the visitor attraction. More than 60 firefighters tackled the fire, which is believed to have broken out in the 144-year .... More>>
31 Jul 2014
Revealed: The health and fitness divide between iPhone and Android users
iPhone users are typically more interested in general health, while the average Android user consumes more fitness content, according to a study from mobile intelligence firm Opera Mediaworks. The first half of a two-part study examined the 500 .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
BREAKING: Fire rips through Eastbourne Pier
A fire has engulfed the historic Eastbourne Pier in Sussex, UK. About 60 firefighters are battling the blaze, which broke out in the arcade building. The Grade II listed pier has been evacuated and there are no reports of any injuries. An eyewitness told AM2 she had seen the smoke from Brighton 20m .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
No clear benefits to eating more than five portions of fruit and veg
There are no added benefits to eating more than five 80g portions of fruit and vegetables daily, according to researchers from Chinese and US universities including the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The research, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), has pulled together the results .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Essex yoga studio stretches out into cycle hub craze
An independent yoga studio in Essex has got the wheels in motion on its new venture – a 1,000sq ft cycling studio with a focus on high-intensity training, the latest in a string of such openings in the south east. Cycle Rhythm was created by local .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
VAT rate puts British tourism at 'disadvantage' says Merlin's Nick Varney
In the wake of a new report which says cutting the value added tax (VAT) rate on visitor accommodation and attractions would massively boost the UK’s tourism economy, Merlin CEO Nick Varney has said that the current VAT rate is at present a "disadvantage" to British tourism. The Nevin report, commissioned by the Cut Tourism VAT Campaign, says that a VAT .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
V&A museum launches UK photography training scheme for regional museums
The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is launching a two-year pilot training scheme to enable regional museums in the UK to develop their photography collections and build specialist curatorial expertise. The programme – backed by UK national .... More>>
30 Jul 2014
Matrix promotes James Blower to drive international sales charge
Matrix Fitness has made another tweak to its sales force as the equipment provider bids to spark a major global expansion, promoting UK strategic account manager James Blower to the role of international hospitality manager EMEA. Blower’s promotion is the latest in a string of recent appointments, which have seen Adie Meyer and Chris Maule both arrive from Precor, while former Sports-Art Fitness UK MD Alan Ellis has joined the key accounts team. Blower’s role is a .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Coventry City FC return to Ricoh Arena could happen mid-season, says Football League
Coventry City Football Club could return to the Ricoh Arena next season, even if the club kicks off the 2014/15 campaign playing in Northampton, the English Football League has confirmed. .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Active IQ and CIMSPA unite for qualification partnership
Training provider Active IQ has teamed up with The Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) to help launch a series of new management and leadership qualifications. The qualifications, which include the first level 5 NVQ Diploma in Management and Leadership, will launch in October. As part of the agreement, Active IQ will be endorsed by CIMSPA as its “awarding organisation partner for .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
David Lynch directs Christian Louboutin beauty advert
Surrealist film director David Lynch has directed an advertisement for US$50 (€37, £29) nail polish to match French footwear designer Christian Louboutin’s signature shiny red-lacquered soles. The designer has teamed up with New York-based Batallure Beauty – the creative minds behind Material Girl by Madonna and the Justin Bieber fragrance – to form Christian Louboutin Beauté: a line of luxury cosmetics. Lynch’s The .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Manchester, UK, garden gallery’s £15m revamp nears completion
Anticipation is rising around the grounds of the UK's University of Manchester as the redevelopment of its prestigious Whitworth Art Gallery nears completion. The gallery is well known .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
Sports Direct to reportedly launch in-store gyms
Following the news that JD Sports plans to incorporate a JD Gym into its major Newcastle store, retail and health club rival Sports Direct is eager to not be outdone and will reportedly also incorporate branded gyms above three new stores. The retail giant's new gym chain – sportsdirectfitness.com – has made .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
UNESCO raises concerns about Irish heritage site being used for new Star Wars film
UNESCO has enquired about whether appropriate authorisation was granted for the use of World Heritage site Skellig Michael as a film set for the latest instalment in the Star Wars franchise. A UNESCO spokesperson confirmed to AM2 .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
£3.5bn Silvertown development to renew London's derelict Royal Docks
Plans have been submitted for a £3.5bn ($5.9bn, €4.4bn) development in east London, to include an “innovation quarter” – allowing high-profile firms to showcase and engage with consumers through a range of bespoke education and entertainment space. .... More>>
29 Jul 2014
‘Steps into Work' finds leisure opportunities for students with learning disabilities
GLL, the UK's largest leisure charitable social enterprise, held its first ‘Steps into Work' graduation ceremony this week, which saw eight students with learning disabilities graduate from an internship programme run by National Star College in partnership with Remploy. The ceremony at the London Aquatics Centre marked the end of a number of GLL work placements for .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Brighton's i360 plans finally underway as London Eye team reunites to build iconic structure
Construction of Brighton, UK’s, i360 tower is set to kick off tomorrow (29 July) after the project secured £40m (US$68m, €50.4m) in funding eight years after the project was initially proposed. The team which designed and constructed the London Eye .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Could high intensity workouts be the answer to ageing population issues?
One of the first studies into the effects of high intensity interval training (HIIT) on elderly people has thrown up results suggesting six seconds bursts of exercise could have a significant impact on their health. With health services stretched to capacity and the number of elderly people worldwide set to soar, the challenge to minimise age-related ill health has taken on greater significance, with exercise frequently .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Controversial £9.4m leisure centre in Cumbria gets council green light
Allerdale Borough Council’s development panel has approved plans to build a new leisure complex in Workington, west Cumbria, despite opposition from local voters. The location on land at .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Heatwave and warming economy drive UK hotel growth
Britain’s welcome band of warm weather and the continued resurgence of its economy has led to a sunny set of results for the nation’s hotel industry. June saw another month of growth for the industry, with tourism and increased business travel .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Spa gift voucher company extends offerings for Tesco Clubcard holders
The beauty and spa gift voucher company, Lavish, has added two new spa and beauty treatment options to its Tesco Clubcard scheme. Lavish has worked with Tesco Clubcard since October 2012 – providing Tesco customers with the opportunity to spend .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
New sports facility guide published by Sport England
A new guidance document designed to help local deliverers of sports facilities has been published by Sport England. The Assessing Needs and Opportunities Guide for Indoor and Outdoor Sports Facilities aims to provide users with a .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Ireland’s Tayto Park eyes Europe’s big boys with massive new roller coaster
Tayto Park – one of Ireland’s most popular tourist attractions – has had a planning application for a €25m (£19.8m, $33.6m) expansion and world-class roller coaster approved by the local council. Meath County Council granted permission to develop .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Renovated Dartmouth Spa pays immediate dividends
Following a four-month renovation to the Dartmouth Golf & Country Club in south Devon – including the addition of the Dartmouth Spa – the resort has reported a 71 per cent increase in revenue compared to 2013. The resort’s £850,000 investment in .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Weavers' House Spa to open in Suffolk, UK, in December
The Swan Hotel at Lavenham in Suffolk, UK, is set to open its new Weavers’ House Spa in mid-December, in time for the Christmas season. The four-star 15th Century hotel is adding a six-treatment room spa to its 45-guestroom amenities. The spa will .... More>>
28 Jul 2014
Sports Direct shop relocation opens door to latest site for rival JD Gyms
Recent health club market debutant JD Sports has submitted plans to Newcastle City Council to extend its large store on Newcastle’s main shopping street and incorporate a two-storey JD Gym. The sportswear giant caused ripples when it opened its first budget gym offering in Hull earlier this year and was swiftly .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
Damien Hirst's personal collection to go on display at new gallery in 2015
The personal art collection of British artist Damien Hirst is set to go on display in May 2015, when a new gallery opens in Vauxhall, south London. The collection – which contains 2,000 pieces – will be housed in a converted warehouse and has been designed by Caruso St John Architects, who also worked on the .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
PE lessons ‘putting girls off sport’
Girls are being put off sport by PE lessons and must be offered more "imaginative" activities – such as dance and cycling – to make sport attractive to them. The findings come from the Women and Sport report by the cross-party House of Commons culture, media and sport committee, lead by Conservative MP .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
Mixed-use floating village in east London nears planning stage
Britain’s first ‘floating village’ project in east London’s Royal Docks has edged closer to fruition, after Mayor of London Boris Johnson announced Carillion Igloo Genesis had won the .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
Board member Balcombe named new VisitBritain CEO
VisitBritain has announced that current board member Sally Balcombe will become the tourism body’s new chief executive from September, tasked with maintaining Britain’s gathering momentum in the sector. Britain welcomed 32.9 million overseas visitors in 2013, more than any other year, and it is hoped that Balcombe can to utilise her prior industry experience to .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
Celebrity trainer Mark Anthony offloads Notting Hill gym
Celebrity fitness trainer Mark Anthony has sold his eponymous club in Notting Hill to HIIT-focused chain Heartcore Fitness for an undisclosed fee. The deal sees emerging operator Heartcore Fitness gain control of its sixth London club, while .... More>>
25 Jul 2014
Cross party report: too few community sports facilities in the UK
A cross-party committee of MPs has expressed its concern over the declining number of community sports facilities in the UK. The Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it was concerned that there are “too few facilities to enable people easily to participate in sport” and recommended a government review into how local communities can better secure the futures of playing fields and facilities and prevent unnecessary closures. The comments were made as part of the committee’s Women and Sport report, published today (25 July). The committee .... More>>
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