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  Strava raises US$110m after adding 24 million users in 2020
Strava has raised US$110m in a Series F financing round led by TCV and Sequoia Capital. Other investors taking part in the round were Dragoneer Investment Group and existing investors – including Madrone Capital Partners, Jackson Square Ventures and Go4it Capital. The funding comes as Strava has experienced .... more
  PureGym enters Saudi market through franchise deal with Ektimal
PureGym will take its budget fitness concept to Saudi Arabia, after securing a franchise partnership with Ektimal – a company specialising in fitness investments in the country. Through its flexible, no contract offer, PureGym KSA will look to make fitness accessible to a large, currently unserved proportion .... more
  Members flock to gyms at midnight as the industry reopens
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and fitness studios in England are back in business today as the one-month lockdown ends. Many gyms opened their doors at 00.01 this morning (2 December), with thousands of exercisers across the country rushing back to the gym floor as soon as they were allowed. Operators .... more
  COVID-19 impact report: gyms 'prioritised' in all three tiers due to fear of falling physical activity levels
The UK government has published its impact report for the three-tier COVID-19 alert system, which will be introduced in England tomorrow (2 December), when the one-month long national lockdown comes to an end. Called Analysis of the health, economic and social effects of COVID-19 and the approach to .... more
  Ferrari World Abu Dhabi launches Roof Walk and Zip Line experiences
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi has launched two new experiences to celebrate the attraction's 10th anniversary. The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi Roof Walk experience allows guests to scale the Park's signature red roof and take in spectacular vista views of Abu Dhabi's Yas Island. Meanwhile, the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi .... more
  Chris Whitty: physical activity must play key role in nation’s recovery
Professor Chris Whitty, the chief medical officer for England, has said exercise and physical activity should play a key role in the UK's recovery from the pandemic – as well as the way the nation shapes its future health care plans. Speaking at ukactive’s recent National Summit, Whitty outlined the lead role .... more
  Architects 10 Design reveal plans for ambitious Edinburgh city centre plans
International architecture practice 10 Design has revealed its design concepts for an ambitious redevelopment of Edinburgh’s city centre. The project will transform the former Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) site on Dundas Street into a first-rate mixed-use development, which will create a new urban centre, .... more
  'Rebel' uk gym owner Nick Whitcombe becoming global advocate for fitness
Nick Whitcombe, the independent gym owner who refused to shut his gym during the October tier 3 restrictions, is becoming a fitness industry campaigner of international renown. Liverpool-based Whitcombe’s campaign has this week seen him featured in a full-page article in the New York Times – an experience .... more
  The fitness industry can drive the UK’s economic recovery from the pandemic, says Huw Edwards
This year's UK government Spending Review, announced in Parliament by chancellor Rishi Sunak on 25 November, offers the physical activity sector opportunities to "transform communities", according to industry body, ukactive. In his statement to Parliament, Sunak revealed the government's spending priorities and .... more
  100k people to get free gym sessions as fitness industry strengthens its position as an essential service
Up to 100k people will benefit from the free gym and physical activity sessions, thanks to a partnership between ukactive, NHS England and Improvement (NHSE/I), Sport England and the National Academy for Social Prescribing. Designed to highlight the role of fitness within social prescribing, the scheme will .... more
  Australian connected fitness start-up Vitruvian raises USD$2.5 million capital in seed round led by Evolution Wellness
Start-up Vitruvian, based in Perth, Australia, has announced it has raised USD $2.5m (AUD$3.42m) in capital from industry-leading strategic investors. This injection allows Vitruvian to ramp up production of its strength training device, the V-Form Trainer, which has just opened to the global retail market. The .... more
  UK fitness sector facing fight to keep group exercise open in tier 3 areas
To the relief of the sector, the UK government confirmed yesterday (23 November) that gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be allowed to open under all three tiers of the new COVID-19 alert system when lockdown ends on 2 December. There was bad news for those depending on group exercise, however, as this .... more
  Parliamentary debate: it's 'unthinkable' gyms could be forced to close during future lockdowns, say MPs, but minister is non-committal
Closing gyms and leisure facilities during any possible future lockdown would be "unthinkable", according to Catherine McKinnell, MP for Newcastle upon Tyne North. McKinnell – in her role as chair of the petitions committee – was speaking at today's (23 November) Parliamentary debate on gyms and sport, which was .... more
  Gyms in England to reopen when lockdown ends – and remain open, even in Tier 3 areas. Group ex singled out for restrictions
Gyms, health clubs and leisure centres will be able to open their doors when the current lockdown measures in England come to an end on 2 December. More importantly, fitness and physical activity facilities will be able to remain open under all three tiers of the government's new COVID-19 alert system, which will .... more
  University of Stirling opens doors to £20m sports centre and health club
The University of Stirling has opened its new £20m sports and fitness centre. The building, designed by architects FaulknerBrowns, will feature three key areas; a 100+ station fitness suite, a strength and conditioning suite and a performance gym. There will also be group exercise studios, a three-court .... more
Jobs in this issue
Contracts and Quality Officer
Enfield, UK
Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
Sales, Marketing and Retention Manager
Leeds, UK
University of Leeds (Sport)
Swimming coach
Ascot, UK
Lambrook School
Gymnastics Coach
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Stowmarket, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Attendant
Ammanford, UK
Actif Sport and Leisure
Software, Systems and Performance Officer
Carmarthen, UK
Actif Sport and Leisure
Gymnastics Coach
Bristol, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Yateley, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Bristol, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Fareham, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Health Club Manager
Bracknell, UK
The Coppid Beach
Gymnastics Coach
Ashfield, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Cotswold, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Ashfield, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Sutton, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Stroud, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Chichester, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Ealing, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Ealing, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Personal Trainer
Sandhurst, UK
energie fitness
Duty Manager
Alcester, UK
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
Poole, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
Gymnastics Coach
St Albans, United Kingdom
Everyone Active
General Manager
Southam, UK
Everyone Active
Membership consultants
Lutterworth, UK
Everyone Active
Swimming teachers
Amersham, UK
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