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Leisure Opportunities news round-up, 22nd May 2018
Published on 22 May 2018
• The UK fitness industry has continued to grow in size and value according to a new report • Xercise4Less reveals plans to use international funding to drive its expansion plans • Jennie Price to leave her role Sport England in October • London's Design Museum wins the European Museum of the Year Award • Adidas donates a pair of Mo Salah’s boots to the British Museum
Published on 24 March 2020
Sport England will launch a national campaign, encouraging people to stay physically active at their homes during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown.
Published on 23 March 2020
Sport England is planning to open its Small Grants programme to help ease the financial pressures put on sports clubs and organisations by the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.
Published on 20 March 2020
The heads of several major organisations, including The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA), the Museums Association (MA) and the National Museums Directors Council (NMDC), have called on the British government to use funding intended for the upcoming Festival of Britain in order to provide emergency funding for the arts, heritage and entertainment sectors.
Published on 18 March 2020
Therapists qualified in mental health interventions are being invited to get involved with a new, free therapy service to support vulnerable people during the coronavirus shutdown.
Published on 18 March 2020
Sport England has initiated a three-month period of "significant flexibility" as part of plans to offer targeted support to organisations struggling with the effects of COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Published on 17 March 2020
The UK fitness sector remains 'open until directed otherwise by the government' – and will continue to support the health of the nation as the UK adapts to life with Coronavirus.
Published on 16 March 2020
Retention specialist, Paul Bedford, has released a video tutorial advising health and fitness operators the best ways to retain customers during the coronavirus outbreak.
Published on 06 March 2020
More than a third (37 per cent) of women who work out at gyms and health clubs encounter unwanted romantic attention, such as requests for their phone number.
Published on 04 March 2020
Vedere Ventures has announced today (4 March) that it is investing in new global fitness data platform fitNdata.
Published on 26 February 2020
More than 100 sports clubs and organisations have already received grants from an emergency storm relief fund launched earlier this month.
Published on 25 February 2020
Children under the age of 12 should no longer head the ball during training sessions, according to The Football Association (FA).
Published on 20 February 2020
Boutique boxing gym brand BXR London has revealed plans to open its second site at Battersea Power Station.
Published on 14 February 2020
Premier League giants Manchester United have tabled plans to create a safe-standing area at its Old Trafford stadium.
Published on 12 February 2020
The Bee Network initiative – a joined-up cycling and walking network in Greater Manchester – could provide a national blueprint for improving the nation's health, while also reducing congestion and air pollution.
Published on 11 February 2020
Four in five (81 per cent) disabled people want to be more physically active – but are unable to as demand is not being met by operators.
Published on 07 February 2020
The iconic City Baths in Newcastle have reopened to the public following a complete restoration.
Published on 07 February 2020
Flexology, which markets itself as 'the UK’s first dedicated stretch studio', is planning to expand at a pace of two sites a year across London.
Published on 04 February 2020
Wales and Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has launched an esports team – the second leisure venture the footballer has set up in the past 12 months.
Published on 31 January 2020
David Lloyd Leisure (DLL) has acquired the Hamburg Meridian Group, which operates eight premium health and spa clubs in Germany.
Published on 30 January 2020
A single minute of exercise per week is enough to provide health benefits to people over the age of 65.
Published on 28 January 2020
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, has confirmed that he will continue his work as patron of the Rugby Football League (RFL) – despite plans to step back as a 'senior' member of the Royal Family.
Published on 27 January 2020
David Lloyd Clubs has opened a pop-up restaurant designed specifically to complement positive mental health.
Published on 23 January 2020
Tech giant Apple is venturing further into the wellness space by launching a new Apple Watch Connected programme, designed to reward gym members for wearing the watch during their exercise sessions.
Published on 17 January 2020
The Gym Group is set to continue its fast pace of growth in 2020, with plans to open around two new sites per month during the year.
Published on 15 January 2020
A three-year research project will look to provide the physical activity industry with a better understanding of the needs of families with disabled children.
Published on 15 January 2020
The latest edition of the highly-successful This Girl Can Campaign has been celebrated for its "taboo- busting" and "brave" take on what female fitness really looks like.
Published on 14 January 2020
Stuart Broster, chief executive of Anytime Fitness UK, will step down from his role in April 2020.
Published on 14 January 2020
Digme Fitness has acquired Another Space – the boutique studio arm of premium health club operator Third Space.
Published on 03 January 2020
Everyone Active is piloting a new boutique exercise format, which it plans to roll out across its portfolio of leisure centres throughout 2020.
Published on 28 December 2019
Happy New Year to all our readers! After a year that was packed with new attractions developments (see our 2019 review articles over the last couple of weeks), Attractions Management looks ahead to some of the biggest openings scheduled for 2020 ‒ from aquariums to theme parks.
Published on 30 December 2019
Former UK Sport chair, Baroness Sue Campbell, has been given a damehood in this year's New Year's honours list. The long-time sports administrator – who was named as one of the 100 most powerful women in the UK by the BBC in 2013 – became baroness in 2008 in recognition of her successful period at UK Sport.
Published on 24 December 2019
1Rebel has signed a deal to enter the Middle Eastern fitness market, expanding the brand's plans to grow its footprint globally.
Published on 16 December 2019
Ukactive has urged the incoming Conservative government to invest heavily in physical activity – in order to improve the nation’s health.
Published on 16 December 2019
Equipment supplier Life Fitness has created on-demand digital programming for its commercial CV equipment.
Published on 12 December 2019
PureGym is set to become the second largest fitness operator in Europe, after revealing plans to acquire Danish chain Fitness World.
Published on 11 December 2019
England Netball has published its new Disability Strategy, in which it outlines plans to increase participation numbers among deaf and disabled women and girls.
Published on 09 December 2019
The Gym Group has confirmed plans to roll out a new small box format in the UK over the next 12 months.
Published on 06 December 2019
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Premier League are partnering to encourage primary school children across England and Wales to celebrate diversity.
Published on 02 December 2019
The improvements in health and wellbeing associated with exercise referral schemes aren’t as large as hoped, according to a new study.
Published on 02 December 2019
Liverpool Football Club (LFC) has opened a first-stage public consultation exercise on the proposed expansion of the iconic Anfield Road Stand.
Published on 28 November 2019
SoulCycle chief executive Melanie Whelan has resigned from her role, capping off a challenging year for the indoor cycling operator.
Published on 27 November 2019
City Football Group (CFG), owner of Manchester City FC and a host of other clubs around the world, has secured a major investment deal with tech investment giants Silver Lake.
Published on 26 November 2019
Revenue management specialist Transaction Services Group (TSG) has acquired active leisure software and services provider Legend Club Management Systems for an undisclosed sum.
Published on 22 November 2019
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has warned that the majority of adolescents worldwide are not sufficiently physically active, putting their current and future health at risk.
Published on 21 November 2019
The Sport and Recreation Alliance and ukactive will host sport and physical activity hustings with the main political parties ahead of the December general election.
Published on 12 November 2019
Gus Casely-Hayford, the British curator, cultural historian, broadcaster and lecturer, has been named as the inaugural director of V&A East – the museum's new expansion project scheduled to open in London in 2023.
Published on 15 November 2019
The designs for Everton Football Club's new £500m stadium have received a "huge vote of support" from members of the public, according to the club.
Published on 13 November 2019
Beachbody – the global fitness brand behind Insanity and P90X – has announced that it is to axe Beachbody Live, its instructor training and group exercise provider arm.
Published on 12 November 2019
Boutique fitness operator 1Rebel has partnered with Technogym to develop an at-home indoor cycling platform to rival the likes of Peloton.
Published on 08 November 2019
A study assessing the impact of physical inactivity on national economies has suggested that if all adults aged 18-64 walked just 15 minutes more a day, the world economy would grow by an estimated $100bn a year until 2050.
Published on 04 November 2019
David Lloyd Clubs has revealed plans to spin off its HIIT-based group exercise format Blaze and launch it onto the high street.
Published on 04 November 2019
Swim England has called on the government and healthcare professionals to "maximise the benefits" of swimming, after a report suggests that the activity saves the NHS more than £357m a year.
Published on 01 November 2019
Google has revealed plans to acquire wearable company Fitbit in a deal worth US$2.1bn (€1.88bn, £1.62bn).
Published on 17 October 2019
The number of UK adults classed as physically active has increased by 1 million in the past four years.
Published on 16 October 2019
Proposals for the redevelopment of the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham have been submitted to the city council’s planning department.
Published on 15 October 2019
The physical activity economy is now a US$828bn (€752bn, £655bn) market – and its value is expected to grow further to US$1.1tn (€1tn, £870bn) by 2023.
Published on 30 September 2019
British Actor Maude Hirst has launched a mindfulness practice offering personalised online yoga, meditation, movement meditation and theta healing.
Published on 23 September 2019
The average UK adult spends more than twice as long making tea as they do exercising each week.
Published on 13 September 2019
Self Esteem Brands, the parent company of Anytime Fitness, has purchased The Bar Method – a low- impact fitness franchise with 123 studios across US and Canada – for an undisclosed sum.
Published on 11 September 2019
Fitness Franchise F45 has signed a partnership deal with Everyone Active, which will see F45- branded studios open at publicly-owned leisure centres.
Published on 06 September 2019
On the heels of wellness evidence spotlighting research showing that yoga breathing and relaxation lower blood pressure as much as aerobic exercise, the nonprofit Global Wellness Institute (GWI) is introducing its newly formed Yoga Therapy Initiative.
Published on 07 September 2019
The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has said that "even a few minutes of exercise is good for you" – hoping that the simple message will encourage people to get more active. The new CMO guidance states that any amount of physical activity is beneficial, overturning previous recommendations that physical activity needed to last at least 10 minutes to bring benefits. The new guidelines are an update to those released in 2011 and, for the first time, include tailored advice for pregnant women, new mums and disabled adults.
Published on 06 September 2019
The NHS has published its guidance on how developers and health providers can collaborate to deliver housing schemes and infrastructure projects which promote wellbeing among residents.
Published on 06 September 2019
Tennis superstar Serena Williams and Olympic champion Usain Bolt have joined a team of high profile investors backing sports startup Let's Do This.
Published on 02 September 2019
Ambitious plans have been unveiled for a 15-acre inland surf park in Coleshill, less than seven miles from Birmingham city centre.
Published on 30 August 2019
Fitness wear and apparel supplier Gymshark has opened its first Gymshark Lifting Club (GSLC), combining a studio and fitness centre with an innovation hub, focusing on employee wellbeing and brand innovation.
Published on 29 August 2019
The Gym Group has attributed strong growth in revenues and profits on a pipeline of new openings and the success of its 'Live It' premium membership model.
Published on 29 August 2019
A major new national campaign is aiming to get people living with long-term health conditions more physically active.
Published on 16 August 2019
DW Fitness First has launched its new Kit & Collect service, aimed at increasing secondary revenue at its clubs by "turning its changing rooms into fitting rooms".
Published on 09 August 2019
Austria-based wellness operator Lanserhof has opened its first UK location at the historic Arts Club in London.
Published on 01 August 2019
Bridges Fund Management has completed a deal to buy franchise gym operator, énergie Fitness.
Published on 02 August 2019
Boom cycle has revealed plans to open its fifth London site this September.
Published on 01 August 2019
Theme park operator Merlin Entertainments has announced half-yearly results up to the end of June 2019, showing a return to growth for its Midway Attractions and Resort Theme Parks divisions, and revenue growth of 6.5 per cent compared to the first half of 2018 across the company.
Published on 01 August 2019
The Global Wellness Institute (GWI), a nonprofit research and educational resource for the wellness industry, has launched a new white paper series with an aim to bring clear, expert insights on how wellness is evolving now and into the future.
Published on 27 July 2019
Plans to build Europe’s tallest observation wheel in Newcastle, UK, have been given the green light by the city council.
Published on 23 July 2019
The government is to promote physical activity as part of a range of measures to tackle the causes of preventable ill-health.
Published on 15 July 2019
Revamped and completely reimagined, Universal's popular Jurassic Park thrill ride has undergone a full rebranding and retheming as Jurassic World – The Ride.
Published on 27 June 2019
A team of Loughborough University academics have launched an online resource to help early- year practitioners and parents deliver physical development opportunities to children.
Published on 25 June 2019
Creating opportunities for older people to get physically active represents a major driver for growth in public leisure, according to new research.
Published on 20 June 2019
The first stage in the preparation of a planning application for the proposed Eden Project North in the UK has been completed, with the submission of an Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report to Lancaster City Council.
Published on 13 June 2019
The Gym Group has launched a marketing campaign targeting teenagers who are in the midst of their exam period.
Published on 09 June 2019
A number of sportspeople have been recognised for their work in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours list.
Published on 16 May 2019
A new qualification focusing on mental health – one of the first of its kind for the physical activity and fitness industry – is creating interest across the sector.
Published on 15 May 2019
A new lifeguard qualification will "break the industry mould" by offering employers more flexibility in delivering training to its workforce.
Published on 10 May 2019
Registration is now open for the newly-renamed IAAPA Expo Europe (IEE), with this year's European showcase for visitor attractions coming to Paris, France, in September.
Published on 10 May 2019
Group exercise is being presented as a solution to two of society's growing problems – inactivity and loneliness.
Published on 10 May 2019
Bicycles will be prescribed on the NHS for the first time as part of a pilot campaign to tackle obesity.
Published on 10 May 2019
The Moving Medicine initiative and Wattbike were among the winners of this year's Elevate Innovation Awards.
Published on 03 May 2019
Pure Gym looks to further growth, Theresa May opens community leisure facility, UK Sport chair hints at bid for 2036 Olympics and the UK arts industry contributing £10.8bn to the economy.
Published on 29 April 2019
Prime Minister Theresa May has made a surprise visit to Lancashire to open a community leisure facility developed in partnership with a Premier League club.
Published on 26 April 2019
A new report conducted by the UK’s Centre for Economic and Business Research has found that the country’s arts and culture industry contributes £10.8bn to its economy.
Published on 29 April 2019
Adidas reveals world's first fully recyclable running shoe, a virtual reality tour of the universe narrated by Stephen Hawking to launch in 2020, Bodystreet plans to open 200 EMS studios in the UK and the Mental Health Foundation chooses body image as the theme for its Mental Health Awareness Week.
Published on 25 April 2019
UK Sport chair Dame Katherine Grainger has hinted at the possibility of London bidding to host the 2036 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Published on 25 April 2019
Budget operator Pure Gym achieved double digit growth in revenue and profitability during 2018, cementing its position as the UK's largest gym chain.
Published on 23 April 2019
Sportswear giant Adidas has developed what it calls the world's first "100 per cent recyclable performance running shoe".
Published on 19 April 2019
An immersive experience for museums which takes people on a 20-minute virtual reality tour of the universe, and is narrated by the late Professor Stephen Hawking, is due to launch next year.
Published on 17 April 2019
Number of physically active adults in England hits record high, Swim England calls for health professionals to prescribe swimming, visitor attraction dedicated to the Paralympic movement opens and the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel relaunches following a £100m revamp.
Published on 17 April 2019
The Mental Health Foundation (MHF) has chosen body image as the theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week.
Published on 16 April 2019
Fitness studio operator Bodystreet has expanded its UK operations with the opening of two new studios.
Published on 10 April 2019
Boutique operator Discobarre will launch its first stand-alone studio in London, plans submitted for MSG Sphere, sport sector told to "step up its game" and coastal visitor attractions set to share £36m government funding.
Published on 08 April 2019
Independent boutique fitness operator Discobarre, which "bridges the gap between fitness and dance", will launch its first stand-alone studio in London this month.
Published on 04 April 2019
The Harry Potter studio tour outside London, UK has opened its biggest expansion to date, with the launch of the iconic Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Published on 28 March 2019
The UK government has come up with a £36m (US$47.2m, € 42m) fund to help develop and improve tourist attractions, create jobs and promote socio-economic growth around the British coast.
Published on 27 March 2019
Milsom Kesgrave Hall Hotel, a luxury hotel in Suffolk, UK, has unveiled plans to build a new spa, with building work expected to begin as soon as next month (April).
Published on 29 March 2019
The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) has submitted plans to the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) for the MSG Sphere – a multi-use entertainment complex slated to become the city's largest music venue.
Published on 29 March 2019
The innovative, £1bn Tottenham Hotspur stadium finally throws open its doors, Sport England's Active Lives survey shows enjoyment is the single biggest factor motivating children to be physically active, Anthony Geisler predicts challenges ahead for the traditional big box fitness model and Merlin Entertainments reports positive growth and record visitor numbers.
Published on 28 March 2019
The sport and physical activity sector needs to step up its game if it wants to help increase the number of disabled people taking part in activities.
Published on 22 March 2019
Xponential Fitness founder Anthony Geisler sees a dominant future for his boutique fitness business, and one in which the big box operators have been crushed by the rise of boutiques.
Published on 15 March 2019
The Spa at Carden Park, an upcoming luxury resort in Cheshire, UK, has revealed the first look at its new spa garden.
Published on 25 March 2019
The £1bn (US$1.3bn, €1.1bn) Tottenham Hotspur stadium – the largest club ground in London – has finally thrown open its doors to fans.
Published on 25 March 2019
Enjoyment is the single biggest factor in motivating children to be active – while "physically literate" children do twice as much activity.
Published on 19 March 2019
The Gym Group has tackled investor chatter about stagnation in market penetration by collaborating with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC) to release an independent report showing the number of low-cost gyms could double by 2026 to between 1200 and 1400 locations.
Published on 04 March 2019
A new clinic offering whole-body cryostimulation is coming to London’s Notting Hill; there are no signs that the boom in boutique fitness has reached "breaking point" yet; Prince Charles says that yoga's proven contribution to “health and healing” could help tackle the NHS crisis and England rugby international James Haskell becomes a gym franchisee.
Published on 01 March 2019
European attractions operator Merlin Entertainments has reported growth in a number of areas of its business in 2018, including record visitor numbers.
Published on 26 February 2019
The UK’s Prince Charles has said that yoga contributes to “health and healing” and can help “conserve precious and expensive health resources”.
Published on 27 February 2019
HIIT more effective way to lose weight than moderate exercise, HITIO Gym enters UK fitness market, Lanserhof medical gym set to open in London, dementia-friendly sport guide is published and a two-storey spa gets planning approval at the Grotto Estate.
Published on 26 February 2019
The current boutique fitness boom is nowhere near reaching a 'breaking point'.
Published on 26 February 2019
A new clinic offering whole-body cryostimulation – a treatment using cold air to increase wellbeing – is coming to London’s Notting Hill neighbourhood in late March.
Published on 22 February 2019
England Rugby International James Haskell has become a gym franchisee, after opening a F45 functional training studio in Bath.
Published on 19 February 2019
London's National Gallery is attempting to crack the US market, appointing a licensing agency to develop a multi-tiered retail strategy for the institution.
Published on 20 February 2019
The latest venture from German wellness operator, Lanserhof, is scheduled to open in May at the Arts Club in London.
Published on 19 February 2019
UK Sport reveals plans to relax 'no compromise' approach, Sensory Alliance launches to help get people with impairments more active, professor Sally Davies to give keynote at Elevate event and the National Museum of Scotland completes 15-year redevelopment.
Published on 18 February 2019
High intensity interval training (HIIT) is a more effective way to lose weight than longer, more moderate forms of exercise.
Published on 15 February 2019
Fitness operator HITIO Gym has signed its first franchise agreement in the UK.
Published on 13 February 2019
Chris Evans launches running and music festival, regular exercise linked to better eating habits, The Heritage Lottery Fund is renamed and Center Parcs reveals plans to redevelop its Aqua Sana Spa at Longleat Forest.
Published on 13 February 2019
Sport England has partnered with the Alzheimer’s Society to produce a dementia-friendly sport and physical activity guide.
Published on 13 February 2019
UK Sport has set out its funding blueprint for the next Olympic and Paralympic cycles, covering the Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games.
Published on 08 February 2019
The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has completed the final phase of an £80m (US$103.5m, €91.3m) transformation, leading to what it says is the “creation of a world-class museum”.
Published on 11 February 2019
All medals at the Tokyo 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be made from recycled electronic devices – such as discarded mobile phones, digital cameras, laptops and other handheld devices.
Published on 08 February 2019
British Blind Sport, UK Deaf Sport and national disability charity Sense have launched a joint venture called Sensory Alliance, designed to break down barriers to sport and physical activity for people living with sensory impairments or complex disabilities.
Published on 06 February 2019
David Beckham becomes final member of "Class of ’92" to take stake in Salford City, cash incentives from fitness apps get people more active, Anytime Fitness begins roll-out of new interior design and details have been released for a £36m redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Published on 05 February 2019
The Aqua Sana Spa at Center Parcs Longleat Forest in Wiltshire is set to undergo a significant refurbishment that will see its World of Spa replaced with a new forest spa concept.
Published on 05 February 2019
Radio DJ and media personality Chris Evans has launched a new running and music festival.
Published on 04 February 2019
Major new changes to the way that Lottery money is distributed to UK heritage causes have been announced as part of a rebrand of the Heritage Lottery Fund and the unveiling of a new five-year plan.
Published on 30 January 2019
Latest figures from the County Council Network (CCN), which represents all county councils in England, have seen their arts budgets cut by £390m in the last eight years.
Published on 31 January 2019
Regular exercise has been linked to better eating habits among young people.
Published on 30 January 2019
British real estate company SUSD has announced that it has gained planning consent to develop the Grotto Estate – a 3.5-hectare country retreat on the banks of the Thames river in Lower Basildon, UK.
Published on 25 January 2019
Sweatcoin, an app which incentivises users to exercise by offering cash rewards, can result in users increasing physical activity by up to 20 per cent.
Published on 23 January 2019
The National Portrait Gallery (NPG) in London has released details of its redevelopment plans, which entail a new entrance, new public galleries in the building’s East Wing and a new learning space.
Published on 25 January 2019
David Beckham has become the final member of the famed "Class of ’92" to take a stake in National League football club Salford City.
Published on 23 January 2019
Franchise operator UFC Gym reveals first UK locations, demolition begins on iconic Meadowbank Stadium, Foster + Partners unveil designs for motoring museum and Natura Bissé opens first ever standalone spa.
Published on 23 January 2019
Franchise operator Anytime Fitness has begun the roll-out of a new interior look for its clubs, aimed at adjusting its offer to cater for the increasing popularity of functional fitness training.
Published on 19 January 2019
UK-based Luxury Lodges will introduce the latest addition to their portfolio of self-catering accommodation in Laugharne, on the south coast of Carmarthenshire, Wales, in the summer of 2019.
Published on 16 January 2019
The Mondrian London Hotel has been rebranded as Sea Containers London, following its acquisition by international hospitality firm Lore Group.
Published on 16 January 2019
Franchised fitness operator UFC Gym will open its first UK locations in Nottingham and Woking in April.
Published on 15 January 2019
Luxury Spanish skincare brand Natura Bissé has opened its first ever standalone spa at the Westfield London shopping centre.
Published on 16 January 2019
Demolition work has begun on the former Meadowbank Stadium in Edinburgh – acting as the starting gun for a project to build a new £47m sports centre in the city.
Published on 15 January 2019
Saracens acquires 50 per cent stake in Netball Superleague team Hertfordshire Mavericks, Manchester United plans series of experience centres in China and planetarium approved for Kielder Observatory.
Published on 15 January 2019
British architecture firm Foster + Partners have unveiled plans to design Mullin Automotive Park in the heart of England's picturesque Cotswolds region.
Published on 09 January 2019
Work has begun on a £22m (US$28.1m, €24.4m) revamp of Edinburgh’s National Galleries of Scotland, which will include a new access path, landscaping and wider steps in East Princes Street Gardens.
Published on 07 January 2019
Industry people recognised in the New Year’s Honours list, boutique operator 1Rebel plans to expand its portfolio, the UK's oldest surviving open-air swimming baths set to be restored and education secretary Damian Hinds calls on NGBs to "work with the government".
Published on 30 December 2018
A number of leisure industry people have been recognised in this year's New Year Honours list.
Published on 27 December 2018
Boutique fitness operator 1Rebel is looking to expand its London portfolio – as well as enter the Australian wellness market.
Published on 21 December 2018
American broadcaster HBO plans Game of Thrones attraction in Northern Ireland, Leisure Media becomes the first global media partner of FIBO, plans approved for floating spa near Doncaster and Sport England invests £3m in Parkrun.
Published on 21 December 2018
Damian Hinds has called on sporting organisations to "work with the government" and to ensure all children have the opportunity to take part in competitive sport.
Published on 20 December 2018
The oldest surviving open-air swimming baths in the UK are set to be fully restored and reopened to the public for the first time in more than 30 years.
Published on 14 December 2018
First images of the new Eden Project North are released, Blackpool transforms it's Golden Mile, surfing and climbing receive investment from UK Sport and Pure Spa & Beauty turns to crowdfunding.
Published on 07 December 2018
Victus Soul makes entrance onto thriving boutique fitness market, London to become first capital city with inland surfing, visitor attraction based on The War of the Worlds set to open and Sir Roy Strong calls on galleries and museums to lower entrance fees for younger visitors.
Published on 04 December 2018
Five national governing bodies (NGBs) have pledged to work 'more closely' with the leisure sector as part of efforts to increase sports participation numbers.
Published on 03 December 2018
Sir Roy Strong, the former director of London's V&A Museum, has said that national galleries and museums across Britain should introduce lower entrance fees across the board and with greater concessions for younger visitors.
Published on 03 December 2018
London's thriving boutique fitness market has a new entry – Victus Soul, a studio offering boxing and running-inspired group exercise classes.
Published on 03 December 2018
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) and inland surfing company The Wave have unveiled plans to create an inland surfing venue in London.
Published on 30 November 2018
A new experience combining state-of-the-art technologies and immersive theatre is set to debut in London next year, with H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds to be completely reimagined with the mixed reality show.
Published on 30 November 2018
Having a 'head of wellness' at schools would get students and staff more active, health insurer Vitality suggest a guaranteed way to increase people's physical activity levels, The RFU reveals losses of £31m and Joanna Lumley says new Peter Pan attraction will provide a lift to a "forgotten corner of Scotland".
Published on 27 November 2018
Swiss art power couple Iwan and Mauela Wirth – founders of Hauser & Wirth – will open their first hotel project in the Scottish Highlands, The Fife Arms.
Published on 26 November 2018
With work well underway to develop a Peter Pan-themed literary visitor attraction in Scotland, its patron, Joanna Lumley, has spoken to Attractions Management about the scheme and what it will mean for a 'forgotten corner of Scotland'.
Published on 24 November 2018
Budget operator énergie Fitness has a new CEO as it prepares for sale, Anytime Fitness acquires a new fitness concept, Sporta rebrands as Community Leisure UK and Virgin Holidays opens a day spa at one of its travel agencies.
Published on 08 November 2018
Detailed plans have been revealed for a "cutting-edge" leisure centre at the heart of the proposed £200m Wellness and Life Science Village at Delta Lakes in Llanelli.
Published on 07 November 2018
The outfits worn by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on their wedding day have gone on display, Xponential Fitness acquires Pure Barre, Boutique chain MoreYoga signs deal with Everyone Active and a hard-hitting new study gives new impetus to the fitness industry.
Published on 31 October 2018
Xponential Fitness has acquired Pure Barre, one of the largest barre franchises in the US – making it the seventh business in Xponential's rapidly growing portfolio of fitness brands.
Published on 26 October 2018
The outfits which Meghan Markle and Prince Harry wore on their wedding day earlier this year have gone on display at Windsor Castle.
Published on 26 October 2018
The government has pledged extra support and improved guidance for primary schools in England as part of a drive to make sure all children are able to swim confidently.
Published on 25 October 2018
A hard-hitting new study claims that living a sedentary lifestyle is more detrimental to health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease.
Published on 24 October 2018
Everyone Active has signed a deal with London-based MoreYoga which will see the boutique yoga brand operating out of a number of Everyone Active-operated leisure centres.
Published on 23 October 2018
Active Lives study shows group fitness classes and adrenaline sports are on the increase, Exeter aims to become the UK's most active city, RSPCA calls for a reconsideration of dog ban on playing fields and Foster + Partners wins the Sterling prize.
Published on 15 October 2018
Group fitness classes and adrenaline sports are among those benefiting from increases in attendance as people are seeking out physical activities that fit their lifestyles and busy schedules.
Published on 10 October 2018
Exeter City Council has published a new corporate strategy and 'emerging vision' for 2040, with a key priority being the promotion of active and healthy lifestyles for residents.
Published on 10 October 2018
Cardiff Council’s consultation on proposals to ban dogs from marked sports pitches has drawn concern from the RSPCA and from local dog-walking residents.
Published on 08 October 2018
Nearly 50 per cent of the population of Northern Ireland visited a museum in the last year, according to the latest figures from the Continuous Household Survey.
Published on 01 October 2018
Sands of Speed – a new museum set to open in Pendine, Wales – has received planning approval from Carmarthenshire County Council.
Published on 01 October 2018
Mark Verstegen says health clubs and gyms need to become better at delivering results, report shows adult spend eight times as long watching on-demand as they do exercising, Manchester City opens second office in China and more are included in this week's Leisure Opportunities news round-up.
Published on 26 September 2018
Merlin opens first ever Bear Grylls Adventure attraction, celebrity fitness trainer Mark Anthony launches the first of his new FirstLight Cycle studios, Everton stadium moves toward the planning phase and St Michaels Hotel re-invents itself as a spa resort.
Published on 26 September 2018
Manchester City FC (MCFC) has become the first international football organisation to open a second office in mainland China.
Published on 24 September 2018
UK funding body the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has given close to £1m ($1.3m, €1.1m) to a new project that will let young people aged 16-25 curate their own museum exhibitions.
Published on 24 September 2018
The average UK adult spends eight times as long watching on-demand television as they do exercising, according to a new report.
Published on 21 September 2018
Mark Verstegen, founder and CEO of human performance specialist EXOS, has said that health clubs and gyms need to become better at delivering results, if they are to attract modern consumers.
Published on 21 September 2018
The inspiration behind the Peter Pan story, Moat Brae House, is being fully restored and turned into the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling in Dumfries, Scotland.
Published on 21 September 2018
Global fitness company Les Mills has launched a search for an experienced manager to lead its flagship club in Auckland City, New Zealand.
Published on 18 September 2018
Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls’s new £20m ($26.3m, €22.5m) adventure attraction in Birmingham, England has opened its doors to the public with a promise from Grylls to bring the “spirit of endeavour” to one destination.
Published on 18 September 2018
St Michaels Falmouth Hotel in Cornwall, UK, has been transformed into a luxury destination resort and spa following a multi-million pound investment.
Published on 18 September 2018
A new boutique fitness concept has entered the booming London fitness market today (18 September).
Published on 17 September 2018
Colin Chong, Everton Football Club's recently appointed stadium development director, has claimed that the club's new home will have a transformative effect on the entire city of Liverpool.
Published on 12 September 2018
Ukactive chair Tanni Grey-Thompson has made a passionate call for the government to finally recognise the importance of physical activity and to include it at the "heart" of the UK's political debate.
Published on 11 September 2018
Jetts Fitness has opened a club in Skipton, Yorkshire, making it the fifth location the Australian gym chain has launched in the 12 months since entering the UK market in September 2017.
Published on 11 September 2018
Work could soon begin on what has been described as one of the first developments
Published on 10 September 2018
Carden Park Hotel, in Cheshire, UK, has released the first images of its new £10m spa.
Published on 10 September 2018
Public Health England CEO Duncan Selbie has called on the NHS to prioritise the prevention of obesity, cardiovascular disease and smoking in its new long-term plan.
Published on 07 September 2018
Gym Group reports increase in revenues following easyGym deal, Tom Marien plans expansion of One Element brand, European Championships model a 'disruptor' for the major sports events market and shift in parental attitudes sees more girls take up football.
Published on 05 September 2018
The Miami MLS Ownership Group, led by former England captain David Beckham, has revealed that the franchise team will be called Club Internacional de Futbol Miami – or Inter Miami for short.
Published on 31 August 2018
Paul Bush, VisitScotland's director of events, says the successful delivery of the recent Glasgow 2018 European Championships shows how the country's adopted delivery model is "causing disruption" in the major sports event market.
Published on 31 August 2018
Google plans to disrupt the fitness sector with new fitness coach, PureGym reveals diversification plans, lack of qualified swimming teachers creating widespread problems and Tim Hollingsworth named CEO of Sport England.
Published on 31 August 2018
Fitness entrepreneur Tom Marien is looking to take his fitness and social brand One Element outside London for the first time.
Published on 30 August 2018
A new study has suggested that touring a museum can have an analgesic effect on helping to alleviate the symptoms of people suffering from chronic pain.
Published on 29 August 2018
The Gym Group saw revenues jump by 36 per cent to £58.3m during the first half of 2018, as it increased the number of clubs in its portfolio to 147.
Published on 29 August 2018
There has been an increase in the number of girls participating in football, thanks to a "positive shift in attitude among parents", according to new research by energy provider SSE.
Published on 24 August 2018
British Paralympic Association (BPA) chief executive Tim Hollingsworth has been named as the new CEO of Sport England.
Published on 22 August 2018
Boutique operator The Third Space reveals its new kids gym concept, fitness franchise F45 opens European headquarters, English Premier League clubs would make profits playing at empty stadiums and a record numbers of tourists came to the UK in 2017.
Published on 21 August 2018
The British Motor Museum is inviting people to learn new skills with its series of motoring related workshops this autumn.
Published on 17 August 2018
Boutique fitness operator The Third Space will open its sixth club in Islington, north London during Q2 2019.
Published on 16 August 2018
The Kengo Kuma-designed V&A Museum of Design Dundee, Scotland’s first dedicated design museum, is set to open its doors in less than a month.
Published on 16 August 2018
Australian fitness franchise F45 has opened European headquarters in Central London, as it looks to gather the pace of its expansion across the old continent.
Published on 15 August 2018
Strong growth from a mix of overseas visitor markets made 2017 a "record year" for inbound tourism in the UK.
Published on 15 August 2018
More than half of the clubs in the English Premier League (EPL) could make pre-tax profits even if they played at empty stadiums – without a single fan in attendance – according to research by the BBC.
Published on 14 August 2018
Debenhams reveals plans for in-store gym concept, Sheffield to host the UK’s first dedicated women’s football stadium, Merlin creates ocean sanctuary for beluga whales and sauna bathing deemed beneficial to health.
Published on 01 August 2018
A report into the rapidly growing esports sector has found that the greatest increase in investments in esports over the next year will come from the traditional professional sports industry. Two-thirds of respondents (68 per cent) to the 2018 Esports Survey Report think the involvement of traditional sports teams, leagues, investors and athletes has had a significant impact on the growth of esports.
Published on 30 July 2018
Spending on leisure activities on the up, Gold's Gym has been put up for sale, the British Museum plans to but Trump on show and Noella Gabriel is named new president of Elemis.
Published on 27 July 2018
New York-based boutique cycling studio operator SoulCycle has joined forces with its parent company Equinox to create a talent management agency, aiming to help turn their in- house fitness talent into wellness influencers.
Published on 25 July 2018
People who exercise above current recommended levels of physical activity are twice as lively to avoid chronic disease.
Published on 25 July 2018
English Premier League club Liverpool FC has confirmed plans to redevelop its academy site in Kirkby and the neighbouring Eddie McArdle community playing fields.
Published on 23 July 2018
TRT Holdings, the majority shareholder of Gold's Gym since 2004, has put the fitness brand up for sale in order to "focus on its core businesses".
Published on 19 July 2018
London's British Museum is planning to borrow the Trump Baby blimp, which flew over the British capital's streets last week in protest against US President Donald Trump's visit.
Published on 19 July 2018
GPs and health professionals are being urged to refer older and inactive patients for golf lessons, after a new report showed that golf builds muscle strength and "improves life satisfaction".
Published on 19 July 2018
A giant statue of Jeff Goldblum has become an overnight sensation, after appearing in a tourism hotspot next to London's historic Tower Bridge.
Published on 18 July 2018
Fitness market deemed the "fastest growing business sector" in the UK, 1 Rebel opens the world’s first cycling amphitheatre, the FA plans World Cup bid and English Heritage launches #LoveCastles campaign for families.
Published on 16 July 2018
The value of the UK fitness club market has been valued at £5.1bn – a figure which is expected to grow by more than 8 per cent each year.
Published on 16 July 2018
Noella Gabriel, co-founder of Elemis, has been named president of the UK-based skincare company.
Published on 12 July 2018
Alternative fitness operator 1Rebel has opened the world’s first spin studio amphitheatre in Victoria, London.
Published on 11 July 2018
World Wellness Weekend (W3), a major global wellness event, has reported exponential growth in the past year, with an estimated 70 countries expected to take part in this year's event, compared to only two last year.
Published on 11 July 2018
English Heritage has launched a new campaign for families to visit its castles, after a survey by the organisation revealed that children's memories of castles are more than twice as likely to have come from film and fiction instead of a real-life visit.
Published on 10 July 2018
As football fever grips England – thanks to the national team's performances at this year's FIFA World Cup – there is growing evidence that The Football Association (FA) is planning to launch a bid to host the tournament in 2030.
Published on 06 July 2018
Manchester launches new cycling and walking network, Puregym acquires Soho Gyms, U2 announces plans for a music attraction and work starts on a new £10m spa at Carden Park.
Published on 03 July 2018
Global fitness company Les Mills has teamed up with awards and qualifications body Sports Leaders UK to launch a new partnership, which will support schools, children, parents and carers to be physically active through a “Netflix-style” platform.
Published on 29 June 2018
The centenary of Britain's Royal Air Force (RAF) is being celebrated in London, with the transformation of the capital's RAF Museum, which reopens to the public tomorrow (30 June).
Published on 28 June 2018
A U2 attraction in the heart of Dublin could become one of Ireland's most visited tourist attractions, after plans were unveiled to open an exhibition centre on the capital's waterfront.
Published on 27 June 2018
Officials in Manchester have revealed plans to create a city-wide cycling and walking network made up of more than 1,000 miles of routes – including 75 miles of Dutch-style segregated bike lanes.
Published on 26 June 2018
The latest chapter of the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan – published this week – has received a mixed reaction from the physical activity sector.
Published on 20 June 2018
A major artwork by Mark Wallinger and architects Studio Octopi has been launched in the English district of Runnymede, celebrating the legacy of Magna Carta.
Published on 19 June 2018
The Gym Group acquires most of easyGym sites, too much HIIT could be dangerous, Olympic hero Roger Black launches coaching platform and Merlin takes action to show solidarity with people affected by rail chaos.
Published on 13 June 2018
The Gym Group is to buy 13 sites from easyGym in a deal worth £20.6m, with an additional £4.1 million being paid once lease extensions are agreed on two of the sites.
Published on 13 June 2018
Britain's rail network is currently in such a state, that even its Lego alternative has cancelled its services.
Published on 12 June 2018
The Activity Alliance has launched a new initiative as part of efforts to offer disabled people more opportunities to get physically active.
Published on 11 June 2018
David Lloyd Leisure plans German opening, elite sport faces funding changes, Bamford Haybarn spa launches outdoor spa and whisky producer The Macallan blurs boundaries between distillery and visitor experience.
Published on 08 June 2018
A new study has suggested that there is an "urgent need" for evidence-based guidelines around high-intensity interval training (HIIT) – including the setting of a weekly, upper limit for exercisers.
Published on 04 June 2018
Architecture firm Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners + Partners have completed a distillery and visitor experience for whisky producer The Macallan, embedded into the landscape of Scotland’s Easter Elchies Estate.
Published on 04 June 2018
A team of entrepreneurs – including double Olympic medalist Roger Black – has launched a new online service which will help connect members of public with sports coaches.
Published on 01 June 2018
The Bamford Haybarn Spa in the Cotswolds has launched a new outdoor experience.
Published on 01 June 2018
Experts say exercise should be prescribed to all cancer patients, Hiitgirl plans brand expansion, double Olympic Champion launches gymnastics initiative, plus we find out how much you would need to pay for the ‘world’s longest spa break’.
Published on 30 May 2018
John Treharne, founder of The Gym Group, will step down from his role as CEO in September.
Published on 17 May 2018
All cancer patients – regardless of the type of their illness – should be prescribed exercise as part of their treatment, according to the Clinical Oncology Society of Australia (COSA).
Published on 29 May 2018
Susan Dyson, founder of Hiitgirl, has revealed plans to develop the brand and expand its presence beyond the single studio site in London's Highgate.
Published on 25 May 2018
Blackpool Pleasure Beach has debuted its highly-anticipated steel launch coaster – Icon – which opens to the public today (25 May).
Published on 25 May 2018
Double Olympic gold medallist, Max Whitlock, has launched a new gymnastics programme pledging to get one million more young people doing gymnastics by 2020.
Published on 22 May 2018
The latest Leisure Opportunities video news roundup is now live.
Published on 24 May 2018
Viking Cruises has launched an around-the-world luxury cruise, complete with a LivNordic spa, making it the longest spa break in the world.
Published on 23 May 2018
Egyptian striker Mo Salah, winner of this year's Golden Boot for being the top goalscorer in the English Premier League, has donated a pair of his boots to the British Museum, where they have entered the institution's world-famous Egyptian collection.
Published on 15 May 2018
Budget chain Xercise4Less has secured growth investment worth £42m from Swedish credit provider Proventus Capital Partners.
Published on 15 May 2018
London's Design Museum has been named the winner of the European Museum of the Year Award.
Published on 10 May 2018
Holidaymakers will need to pay "significantly" more for flights in order to offset their carbon footprint, after it was discovered that global tourism's environmental effect is nearly four times bigger than previously thought.
Published on 08 May 2018
Major League Baseball (MLB) will be making its European debut next year, when the London Stadium will host two regular season games between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
Published on 08 May 2018
Having GPs based in gyms and health clubs – where they could work together with exercise professionals to get those struggling with obesity more active – is among key recommendations made in a new report by Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH).
Published on 04 May 2018
Gym chain DW Fitness First has revealed its strategic vision to become the UK’s largest sports participation brand.
Published on 04 May 2018
Disney's research arm is aiming to take virtual reality to the next level, developing a new haptic technology to simulate impact on the human body.
Published on 03 May 2018
The shortlist for this year's Museum of the Year Award has been revealed, with the Brooklands Museum, Ferens Art Gallery, Glasgow Women’s Library, the Postal Museum and Tate St Ives all in the running for the prestigious prize.
Published on 01 May 2018
Construction work will finally begin on The Wave Bristol project, after the team behind the inland surfing attraction secured a partnership deal with surf technology specialist Wavegarden.
Published on 15 May 2018
• Calls for GPs to be on-site in gyms and leisure centres • DW Fitness First combines retail and fitness businesses • Major League Baseball moves into London Stadium • Construction begins at The Wave, Bristol • Japan House set to open in London • Price of flights may increase to offset carbon footprint
Published on 08 May 2018
• UK consumers prioritising fitness and sport ahead of eating and drinking out • US-giant Xponential Fitness announces UK franchise plans • Billionaire Shahid Khan bids to buy Wembley Stadium • Diageo announces new Johnnie Walker attraction for Edinburgh • The Massage Company to open more UK sites - hiring staff now
Published on 26 April 2018
• David Lloyd launches PTV service to get TV addicts more active • ECB launches new '100 balls' format into professional cricket • Thorpe Park increase their IP portfolio • New ISPA survey shows spa staff are happy, loyal and wish to remain in the sector
Published on 18 April 2018
• Maria Sharapova and architect Dan Meis launch new venture • energie Fitness prepare for float or trade-sale • Michael Carrick funds inner-city football project • Swansea Council's new waterfront plans • Natural History Museum in London announces new plastic-free water cans
Published on 11 April 2018
• Celebrity trainer Mark Anthony on his new FirstLight Cycle studio • This Girl Can launches in Australia • Warrington's dementia-friendly leisure centre • First glimpse of Paris EuropaCity • Sugar Tax to benefit sport and activity
Published on 05 April 2018
Gym Group takes its PT training in-House, US fitness franchise Omni Fight Club enters UK market and could golf hold the key to get people active?
Published on 27 March 2018
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Titanic Belfast while The Gym Group rebrands Lifestyle clubs and plans 20 new sites. Elsewhere, Mandarin Oriental prepares for the launch of its new spa and Mark Hamill – aka Luke Skywalker – opens Skywalk attraction in Gibraltar.
Published on 23 March 2018
UFC Gym enters UK fitness market, Spurs reveal new images of stadium, Disney to invest US$100m in children's hospitals worldwide, Bannatyne Group posts record profits, Eureka! plans second site and Pulse Group has new majority owner.
Published on 13 March 2018
Loughborough University to open a hotel targeting visiting athletes, Virgin Active has reopened its Kensington club, a pop-up sandwich spa is coming to London, Women’s sport is on the upswing and offering free access to exercise has a dramatic effect on the health of communities.
Published on 06 March 2018
Brunswick spins off its Life Fitness business, Lanserhof plans UK opening and Brewdog reveals hotel ambitions.
Published on 27 February 2018
Boutique fitness club operator Studio Lagree opens third London studio, Everton Football Club to let fans decide stadium design and Thorpe Park introduces Walking Dead coaster.
Published on 20 February 2018
Celebrity survivalist Bear Grylls reveals plans for multi-million pound survival attraction, the UK's franchise fitness market hots up and a survey is launched to study the effects of loneliness.
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