June 2024
National Lottery Heritage Fund support for interpretation plans at Northern Meeting Park

03 May 2024

High Life Highland, on behalf of The Highland Council, is thrilled to secure £120K from the National Lottery Heritage Fund allowing the development of new on-site and online interpretation for Northern Meeting Park, enhancing its historical narrative.

The Park, built in 1864, is a popular location for sports and cultural events, and is one of the largest green spaces in the central area of Inverness. A separate project to refurbish the Park’s grandstand and build a new community pavilion is already underway with assistance from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

This funding enables a two-stage project to begin. The first stage involves collaborating with the Highland Archive Centre and Inverness Museum and Art Gallery to host events, guided tours, and talks aimed at engaging the local community with the park's history and encouraging them to share stories and memorabilia. The second stage focuses on creating eight high-quality interpretation panels/plinths, incorporating community input and featuring tactile and sound elements, to reflect the park's rich heritage.

Cllr Ian Brown, Leader of Inverness City and Area, said, “We are immensely grateful to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for their generous £120K funding award. Their support is instrumental in realising our vision for an engaging interpretation project in the heart of our historic city centre park. This investment will bring new life into our heritage, ensuring its stories are accessible and appreciated by all.”

Caroline Clark, The National Lottery Heritage Fund Director for Scotland, said: “It is important to us that projects we fund, thanks to National Lottery players, support inclusion, access and participation in heritage. This project does that, putting community involvement at its centre. The community will be involved in researching and recording stories of the Northern Meeting Park and creating the new on-site interpretation sharing the story of its important and changing role as a social, cultural and sporting hub with locals and visitors.”


back
Latest member news
GLL fitness instructor smashes World Record
Anthony Bryan, a fitness instructor at GLL’s Southbury Leisure Centre, recently took part in the London Marathon. This would be a proud moment for anyone but for Anthony, who suffered a brain tumour and a stroke as a young child which left him with permanent injuries, it’s an almost unbelievable achievement.
read more...


Circadian Trust turning its Active Lifestyle Centres ‘green’ with major solar panel programme
New solar panels generating more than 360,000 kilowat hours (kWh) of clean energy and saving 75 tonnes of carbon a year have been installed at Bradley Stoke Active Lifestyle Centre in South Gloucestershire.
read more...


Halo Leisure move into Merthyr Tydfil
Award winning social enterprise Halo Leisure is bringing its expertise to Merthyr Tydfil as it works to get more people more active.
read more...


Better Leisure Centres and Gyms receive Which? Recommended Provider Status
Charitable social enterprise and leisure operator Better has been endorsed by Which? As a recommended provider for leisure centres and gyms.
read more...


LED announce new CEO
LED Community Leisure has announced the appointment of Olly Swayne as the new Chief Executive. The appointment follows the retirement of their long-serving Chief Executive, Peter Gilpin.
read more...


Bouldering upgrade to start at EICA:Ratho after sportscotland investment
Works on the upgrade of the bouldering facilities at Edinburgh Leisure’s flagship climbing arena at Ratho have begun following a major funding investment from sportscotland’s Sport Facilities Fund.
read more...


Newport Live’s Positive Futures team empowers refugee and asylum seekers
Newport Live’s Positive Futures team and the Levelling the Playing Field initiative invited refugees and asylum seekers to join this year's ABP Newport Marathon Festival, held earlier this year, to run either the 10k or Half Marathon as part of the 100 Club.
read more...


Leisure Trust celebrates approved training centre status for swim teachers
Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) has been awarded Approved Training Centre status by the Swim Teachers Association (STA) meaning that budding swim teachers can now gain their qualifications at DCLT pools.
read more...


GLL Sport Foundation Confirms 2256 Athlete Awards In 2024
Charitable Social Enterprise GLL has announced 2,256 athletes will benefit from the 2024 intake of its Sport Foundation – the largest independent athlete award programme in the UK.
read more...


New Sustainable Energy Centre takes Shape in Inverness
A new sustainable Energy Centre, funded by the UK Government Levelling Up Fund, is now taking shape on site on Castle Street, in Inverness.
read more...


more Community Leisure UK member news >>
Business partner news
● Gallagher - Martyn’s Law and Summer Events
If you’re hosting any events this summer, it’s important to be aware of the guidance included in Martyn’s Law — otherwise known as the Terrorism (Protection of Premises) Bill. ...more
● Business Partner MHR have put together a digital space for CLUK members to become acquainted with People First
Business Partner MHR have put together a digital space for CLUK members to become acquainted with People First ...more
Latest industry news from leisureopportunities.co.uk
Tara Dillon says sector's 'passionate workforce' can contribute to economic growth
With just a few weeks until the General Election, CIMSPA has launched a manifesto for the next UK government.
read more...
06 Jun 2024
UK health club market hits record highs
The UK health and fitness is performing strongly, especially the private sector, with member numbers, market value and penetration reaching all-time highs.
read more...


05 Jun 2024
David Stalker joins Alliance Leisure
Leisure development specialist, Alliance Leisure, has appointed industry veteran, David Stalker, as advisor to the board, as the company aims for £150 million turnover next year.
read more...


04 Jun 2024
Gen Z women are more engaged with physical activity than previous generations, finds Ernst & Young research
According to new research from Ernst & Young, the gap between female and male engagement in sport and physical activity is narrowing, with Gen Z adult female engagement figures on the rise.
read more...


03 Jun 2024
Fitness First ramps up Les Mills partnership
Fitness First has launched three limited edition Les Mills programmes across 13 of its health and fitness clubs.
read more...


30 May 2024
Mark Tweedie envisions the sector becoming a national wellness service
In the latest edition of HCM magazine, Mark Tweedie talks about his hopes for the health and fitness sector becoming a national wellness service, partnering the NHS, within 20 years.
read more...


28 May 2024
Fitness influencers have a negative impact on mental health
New research shows that following social media health influencers motivates young people to exercise more vigorously and eat more fruit and vegetables, but their mental health often suffers.
read more...


25 May 2024
JD Gyms acquires Simply Gym as it targets 100 locations
The JD Gyms Group has completed a deal to acquire Simply Gym from Bay Leisure. The deal comprises four gyms: one in Greater London and three in South Wales.
read more...


24 May 2024
Baz Moffat gets 'sweat equity' backing from Priya Oberoi to drive the growth of The Well HQ
Women’s health specialist, The Well HQ, has secured 'sweat equity' backing from Priya Oberoi, founder of venture capitalists, Goddess Gaia Ventures, who will take on a senior advisory role with the business.
read more...


more industry news >>
Regional Meetings
Central Regional Meeting
18 June 2024
Joint North West and North East & Yorks
19 June 2024
Wales Regional Meeting
2 July 2024
South West Regional Meeting
12 July 2024
Special Interest Groups
HR Group
12 June 2024
Sustainable Buildings
13 June 2024
Single Sites
26 June 2024
Culture Group
4 July 2024
i-Trent
8 July 2024
Health Scotland
10 July 2024
For more information about Special Interest Group and regional / national members meetings, please contact [email protected]
Job vacancies
Chief Executive
Salary: £Competitive + fabulous benefits package
Location: Nelson, UK
Company: Pendle Leisure Trust
Read more and apply
Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager
Salary: £37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Location: Leeds, UK
Company: University of Leeds
Read more and apply
Epping Forest Keeper (countryside Ranger)
Salary: £35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Location: Loughton, UK
Company: City of London Corporation
Read more and apply
Aquatics Officer - dual site
Salary: from £29,269pa
Location: Northwich, UK
Company: Brio Leisure
Read more and apply
Centre Manager - dual site
Salary: £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Chester, UK
Company: Brio Leisure
Read more and apply
Chief Executive Officer
Salary: on request
Location: Barkingside, Ilford, UK
Company: Redbridge Sports & Leisure
Read more and apply
more job vacancies >>
Diary dates
03-05 Sep 2024
ASEAN Patio Pool Spa Expo
Bangkok, Thailand
more
08-10 Sep 2024
Salt Therapy Association Conference
Lake Buena Vista, United States
more
19-19 Sep 2024
Destination Deluxe Awards & Wellness Day 2024
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
more
20-22 Sep 2024
World Wellness Weekend
more
01-04 Oct 2024
Synergy - The Retreat Show
Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia
more
09-13 Oct 2024
Soul Festival
Maldives
more
10 Oct 2024
VAC 2024
London
more
22-25 Oct 2024
Interbad
Germany
more
24-24 Oct 2024
HCM Summit 2024
London, United Kingdom
more
04-07 Nov 2024
Global Wellness Summit (GWS)
St Andrews, United Kingdom
more
more diary dates >>
Business partners
Contact Community Leisure UK


Kirsty Cumming, Chief Executive

Tel: 020 7250 8263
[email protected]
Submit news


The Community Leisure UK ezine is published in association with leisureopportunities.co.uk

Please email news and images for consideration to [email protected]
Your subscription


To add a colleague to this mailing list click here

This e-zine is produced and distributed on behalf of Community Leisure UK by Leisure Media, publisher of Leisure Opportunities, HCM and Sports Management