February 2024
Latest member news
Lawrence Kay appointed Chief Executive of Active Luton
Active Luton has announced the appointment of Lawrence Kay as its new Chief Executive. Lawrence is currently Director of Wellbeing and Enterprise at Trilogy Active, formerly Northampton Leisure Trust, which operates seven facilities including gyms, leisure, recreation and sports centres, a soft play centre and a cinema.
Mytime Active launches Musculoskeletal Health Hubs
Charitable Leisure Trust, Mytime Active, has launched its Musculoskeletal (MSK) Health Hubs to support people living with chronic joint pain.

Freedom Leisure appoints new Healthy Communities Lead to its senior team
Freedom Leisure has appointed Hannah Dyke as Healthy Communities Lead in a bid to enhance its commitment to further develop programmes and services to inspire the inactive and meet the health and wellbeing needs of the diverse communities it serves across England and Wales.

CVS Cheshire East partner with Everybody Health & Leisure
CVS Cheshire East and Everybody Health and Leisure have announced a collaboration to raise awareness and understanding of the signs and symptoms of cancer within 17 of their leisure facilities.

Teesside has UK’s second-best ice rink
Charitable Trust, Tees Active is celebrating after Billingham Forum was named the second-best ice rink in Britain, according to a major new study.

Double awards delight for Halo Leisure
Halo Leisure’s autism friendly swimming lessons initiative was acknowledged as a beacon of good practice when it walked away with two awards at the Swim Wales awards held at the end of January– where it was announced as the winner of the Inclusion Impact category and Community Impact category.

Freedom Leisure scoops prestigious Sustainability Initiative Award at Swim Wales Awards
Freedom Leisure, the leading charitable and not-for-profit leisure trust that manages 29 leisure centres across Wales, has won the Swim Wales - Sustainability Initiative Award at a glittering awards ceremony held in Cardiff.

Award winning Pendle Leisure Trust
Pendle Leisure Trust are celebrating after being awarded three trophies at the Member Experience Awards.

Let’s make a racquet: Valentines Park wins top tennis award
Vision RCL is celebrating after Valentines Park in Redbridge won a top accolade at the prestigious Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) Awards 2024. Valentines Park, managed by the Charitable Trust, scooped the Park Venue of the Year Award in recognition of its outstanding contributions to the world of tennis and dedication to fostering a vibrant and inclusive tennis community.

BPL swimming teacher recognised with special award
Swimming teacher Robert Blackburn is celebrating 10 years of charity fundraising - so far raising over £11,700 for causes close to his heart and recently receiving a special award.

Results of heartwarming community support for those most in need
Charitable Trust, Newport Live along with Newport City Council's Children's Services, local businesses, and an incredible group of volunteers in December worked together to support the most vulnerable children, young people, and families in Newport this Christmas.

Freedom Leisure further expands its portfolio in Gloucestershire with university partnership
Freedom Leisure, one of the UK’s leading charitable and not for profit leisure trusts that manages GL1 and Oxstalls Indoor Tennis Centre on behalf of Gloucester City Council, is delighted to announce a new partnership with University of Gloucestershire operating the community space at the Sports Arena at Plock Court.

Innovative Academy launched to support careers in leisure
A pioneering initiative has been launched in the North-East to promote careers in the leisure industry. The Tees Active Future Workforce Academy, thought to be the first of its kind in the North-East, is aimed at creating opportunities and preparing people for fulfilling roles in the sector.

Trilogy Active acquires Hickory Dickory
Leading Northampton health and wellbeing provider Trilogy Active has announced a new acquisition as part of its growth strategy for 2024 and beyond.

Horizon Leisure opens ‘blood pressure pod’ at its Wellbeing Hub in Havant
Shoppers in Hampshire can now have their blood pressure checked and updated with their GP without even leaving the shopping centre, thanks to Horizon Leisure and health partner Health Innovation Wessex.

Green light for multimillion pound leisure centre in Hyndburn
Following referral to the Secretary of State for review, Hyndburn Borough Council’s Planning Application for the development of a new state-of-the art leisure and sports complex on Wilsons Playing Fields in Clayton- le-Moors, has been given the green light to proceed.

Active Luton secures Luton Libraries contract
Active Luton has been awarded the Luton Libraries contract until 2030. The long- term addition of Luton Libraries to its health and wellbeing portfolio will further enhance Active Luton’s integrated offer as a holistic community health and wellbeing trust.

Freedom Leisure to manage Malvern Vale and Upton Hill Community Centres
Following approval from Malvern Hills District Council, Freedom Leisure will soon be taking over the management of Malvern Vale and Upton Hill Community Centres.

GLL awarded Gold Standard by Investors in People
GLL – the UK’s foremost, charitable leisure and cultural social enterprise - has been awarded Investors in People Gold status.

Edinburgh Leisure investing for future health
Another of Edinburgh Leisure’s gyms has had a major makeover as part of its commitment to investing for future heath.

High Life Highland Libraries to roll out ‘Making Sense for Communities’ project
2024 will see High Life Highland Libraries roll out their ‘Making Sense for Communities’ project following a successful funding bid.

Sport Aberdeen thrilled to achieve Paths for All health and wellbeing award
Charitable Trust Sport Aberdeen is thrilled to achieve the Paths for All ‘Walk at Work’ Award, demonstrating its dedication to improving staff health and wellbeing, and encouraging workplace walking.

Referral success for Barnsley Premier Leisure
A new report has revealed how data has transformed Barnsley Premier Leisure’s approach to improving community heatlh since they teamed up with ReferAll.

Halo Leisure’s partnership with PlayFootball is having a significant positive impact
Halo Leisure partnered with PlayFootball in 2022, with a clear brief to the PlayFootball team - to optimise revenue and community participation outcomes from their all-weather pitches.

Oldham Active partners with Oldham College to provide specialist support for local children and you
Oldham Active is partnering with Oldham College to upskill its staff to provide specialist health and fitness support for local children and young people, ahead of the launch of new young people-only group exercise classes.

Edinburgh Leisure Danceability & Keeping Edinburgh Active
Edinburgh Leisure's Danceability is featured in the new 'Keeping Edinburgh' podcast which has recently launched for people across Edinburgh to help boost social connections across Scotland's Capital.

15 years of the GLL Sport Foundation sees £14M contributed
Talented athletes from 65 areas across the UK are invited to apply for a range of support awards which include financial help, access to sport facilities, physiotherapy, lifestyle mentoring and mental health aid.

Freedom Leisure further expands its portfolio in Gloucestershire with university partnership
Freedom Leisure has announced a new partnership with University of Gloucestershire operating the community space at the Sports Arena at Plock Court.

Impulse Leisure supports girls to feel empowered
Impulse Leisure has been supporting girls in secondary schools feel more confident when taking part in PE through a series of workshops.

Horizon Leisure’s Havant Leisure Centre wins local authority/leisure trust gym of the year
Horizon Leisure’s Havant Leisure Centre was crowned Local Authority/Leisure Trust Gym of the Year at the UK’s National Fitness Awards.

Life-changing health and fitness transformation wins Paul national fitness award
Active Tameside member Paul Barraclough won the Member Achievement Award at this year’s National Fitness Awards in November.

Active Kindness - Celebrating Volunteering Excellence
Volunteer development by Charitable Trusts and Social Enterprises was celebrated at the first-ever Active Kindness Awards.

New board members for Community Leisure UK
Community Leisure UK is delighted to welcome three new board members and an enhanced role for an existing board member.

Latest industry news from leisureopportunities.co.uk
Andy Reed Think Tank launches 2024 election manifesto for physical activity
In a newly-launched manifesto, physical activity sector stakeholders are calling for the next UK government to promote active environments, cut red tape and elevate the status of PE in schools.
13 Feb 2024
Personally designed workouts create a placebo effect that yields better results
Believing your training programme has been personally optimised just for you creates a placebo effect that leads to better results.

12 Feb 2024
Surrenne private members club will bring Tracy Anderson to London as part of four-storeys of wellness at The Emory hotel
Surrenne, a luxury hotel wellness club gym and spa, dedicated to longevity, launches in London in April, with membership costing £10,000 a year.

12 Feb 2024
Niksen – the Dutch practice of 'switching off' is the latest class offering from David Lloyd
David Lloyd Clubs has created a class teaching its members how to switch off, in response to a survey of members saying they're stressed and don’t know how to unwind.

07 Feb 2024
Brownlee brothers launch free AI tool to help triathletes
Triathlon legends, Alistair and Jonny Brownlee, have launched a free conversational AI tool to share their vast training knowledge with multisport enthusiasts.

06 Feb 2024
David Lloyd ramps up growth with new investment
David Lloyd Clubs have been granted planning permission to develop a health and racquets centre in Swords, County Dublin as it pushes to grow its portfolio.

01 Feb 2024
Farrer tells government the physical activity sector is critical to fixing the UK’s sluggish economy
Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, has called on the UK government to deploy the physical activity sector to support the NHS and tackle the UK’s pandemic of poor health and sluggish economy.

31 Jan 2024
Living a longer, healthier life is bigger motivation to exercise than looking good, finds Life Time research
According to the annual US consumer health and wellness survey from Life Time, people are placing increasing importance on their health and wellbeing.

30 Jan 2024
Adidas and Bumble buddy up to tackle gymtimidation
Sportswear giant, Adidas, and social network app, Bumble for Friends, have collaborated to help people find gym buddies.

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General Meetings
CLUK General Meeting
15 May 2024: Glasgow
Regional Meetings
Central Regional Meeting
27 February 2024
South West Regional Meeting
8 March 2024
Wales Regional Meeting
12 March 2024
Special Interest Groups
28 February 2024
Single sites
28 February 2024
4 March 2024
Culture group
7 March 2024
For more information about Special Interest Group and regional / national members meetings, please contact [email protected]
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Senior Duty Manager - Sports Centre
Salary: from £32,000 + pension + benefits
Location: Caterham, UK
Company: Caterham School
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Sport Coach
Salary: £25,000pa-£29,000pa (year-round role)
Location: Chelmsford, UK
Company: New Hall School
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Leisure and Active Wellbeing Manager
Salary: £43,060 to £44,088pa + pension + benefits
Location: Oxford, UK
Company: Oxford City Council
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Head of Active Health and Wellbeing
Salary: £44,625 - £49,969pa + pension + benefits
Location: Rochdale, UK
Company: Your Trust Rochdale
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Head of Leisure and Wellbeing
Salary: £44,625 - £49,969pa + pension + benefits
Location: Rochdale, UK
Company: Your Trust Rochdale
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Operations Manager
Salary: £34,544pa (pending pay award) + Local Govt pension + benefits
Company: The Pickaquoy Centre
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Sports Development Officer
Salary: £24,000-£28,000pa
Location: Surrey, UK
Company: LimbPower (Charity CIO)
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Diary dates
11-14 Apr 2024
FIBO Global Fitness
Cologne, Germany
30 May - 02 Jun 2024
Rimini Wellness
Rimini, Italy
08-08 Jun 2024
Global Wellness Day
11-13 Jun 2024
World Festival
Singapore, Singapore
22-25 Oct 2024
04-07 Nov 2024
Global Wellness Summit (GWS)
St Andrews, United Kingdom
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