June 2024
Latest member news
A seriously social – thank you
Community Leisure UK would like to say a huge ‘thank you’ to their members who took part in the first ever Seriously Social week. Held in May, the national campaign showcased the work of charities and social enterprises putting people above profit, connecting communities and helping people to become healthier, happier and more creative, regardless of age or ability.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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New partnership to bring Carbon Literacy Training to the Public Leisure and Culture Sector
Community Leisure UK has teamed up with the Workers Education Association (WEA) to deliver a series of Carbon Literacy Training for those working in Public Leisure and Culture.
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Mytime Active ditches blue shoes to go green!
Charitable Trust, Mytime Active, has removed all blue single-use plastic overshoes from its swimming pools, saving more than 36,000 pairs per month.
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‘Shelf Life’ raises climate awareness in Scotland
A project aimed at advancing Scotland’s commitment to sustainability and community climate action, has recently completed an impressive series of events across the Highlands.
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New Chief Executive named as Burnley Leisure & Culture celebrates 10 years as a Charitable Trust
Charitable Trust, Burnley Leisure and Cultural, are celebrating their 10th anniversary – and a new leader who promises to build on its ‘force for good’ in the borough.
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11 and a half stone lighter, Sarah is a true inspiration
Just over a year ago Sarah Speight was 25 stone, dreaded leaving the house and hated the thought of exercise.
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Doncaster Culture and Leisure Chiefs set to run for charity
The chief executive and chief operating officer of Doncaster Culture and Leisure Trust (DCLT) are set to take part in this year’s Great North run to raise money for charity.
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Freedom Leisure appoints new National Aquatics Business Manager
Freedom Leisure has announced the appointment of Hannah Smith as the new National Aquatics Business Manager, bringing with her extensive experience and expertise to foster growth in swimming programmes across England and Wales.
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Award-winning apprentice Billy is ‘the embodiment of everything inclusion and disability service is about’
An apprentice with Active Tameside’s Everybody Can adult day service has been recognised by his training provider – the latest chapter in a journey that has seen him go from service user to provider.
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Edinburgh Leisure receives new funding for dementia programme
Edinburgh Leisure, the city’s leading sports and leisure provider, has received a significant grant from the Encouraging and Supporting Grassroots Activity Fund to support their dementia programme.
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National Lottery Heritage Fund support for interpretation plans at Northern Meeting Park
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.
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£2.4m investment programme in South Gloucestershire’s Active Lifestyle Centres underway
A £2.4m investment in South Gloucestershire’s Active Lifestyle Centres is underway as part of a major improvement programme designed to support health and wellbeing across the region.
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Mytime Active boosts community wellbeing through New Hubs
Mytime Active is boosting the wellbeing of its local community through newly launched Wellbeing Hubs in Birmingham.
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Sport Aberdeen's Community Sport Team successfully receives funding from National Lottery for New Scots Initiative
Sport Aberdeen is delighted to announce that its Community Sport team recently received £10,520 for a 'New Scots Physical Activity Activation Project' following a successful application for funding.
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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson guest of honour at Freedom Leisure National Conference
Freedom Leisure, one of the UK’s leading charitable not-for-profit leisure trusts that manages over 120 leisure and cultural venues on behalf of client partners across England and Wales, was thrilled to host The Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE at its National Conference recently.
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Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen welcome three new board members
Award-winning charity Sport Aberdeen recently strengthened its board with the appointment of three new trustee directors – Richard Booth, Andy Powrie and Richard Tinto.
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Community Leisure UK’s Active Kindness project celebrates after being awarded £651,003 in National Lottery funding
Active Kindness, a volunteering programme which previously received Sport England funding, is celebrating after receiving vital National Lottery funding to leverage the power of volunteering across public leisure and culture to create greater community cohesion, stronger personal development of individuals and increase the diversity of those taking part in health, wellbeing, and creative programmes.
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Edinburgh Leisure Appoints New Chief Executive
Edinburgh-based physical activity charity, Edinburgh Leisure, has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive.
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Withington Baths Receives Sports England Grant to Accelerate its Carbon Footprint Reduction Efforts
Love Withington Baths, the non-profit organisation that operates Withington Baths and co-working space Withington Works, has announced exciting plans to significantly reduce its carbon footprint and enhance energy efficiency thanks to a £105K grant secured from Sport England under the Government’s Swimming Pool Support Fund.
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GLL Celebrate £140k Arts Council Funding
VR headsets, IT hublets and improved seating, shelving and flooring are on their way to Lye Library, Dudley thanks to funding from the Arts Council.
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Much-Loved Library to Receive Grant Funding of Nearly £400,000
One of Redbridge's most popular libraries will benefit from a significant modernisation programme after being awarded nearly £400,000 in grant funding.
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Horizon Leisure Scoops Prize at Portsmouth Business Awards
Horizon Leisure, which operates Havant leisure Centre and Waterlooville Leisure Centre, was crowned Community Business of the Year at the Portsmouth Business Awards earlier this year.
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Portsmouth Tennis Centre celebrated for bringing tennis to all
Portsmouth Tennis Centre has been recognised by the LTA Tennis Awards for bringing tennis to under-represented groups and communities throughout the city.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager
Salary: £37,099 - £44,263pa + generous pension + benefits
Location: Leeds, UK
Company: University of Leeds
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Epping Forest Keeper (countryside Ranger)
Salary: £35,663 - £39,805pa + Local Govt Pension + benefits
Location: Loughton, UK
Company: City of London Corporation
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Aquatics Officer - dual site
Salary: from £29,269pa
Location: Northwich, UK
Company: Brio Leisure
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Centre Manager - dual site
Salary: £35,745pa + excellent benefits
Location: Chester, UK
Company: Brio Leisure
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Chief Executive Officer
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Location: Barkingside, Ilford, UK
Company: Redbridge Sports & Leisure
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Diary dates
03-05 Sep 2024
ASEAN Patio Pool Spa Expo
Bangkok, Thailand
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08-10 Sep 2024
Salt Therapy Association Conference
Lake Buena Vista, United States
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19-19 Sep 2024
Destination Deluxe Awards & Wellness Day 2024
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
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20-22 Sep 2024
World Wellness Weekend
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01-04 Oct 2024
Synergy - The Retreat Show
Kabupaten Badung, Indonesia
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09-13 Oct 2024
Soul Festival
Maldives
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10 Oct 2024
VAC 2024
London
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22-25 Oct 2024
Interbad
Germany
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24-24 Oct 2024
HCM Summit 2024
London, United Kingdom
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04-07 Nov 2024
Global Wellness Summit (GWS)
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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