With more sports and leisure opportunities on offer than ever before, swimming remains the country’s most popular participatory exercise activity. Latest ﬁgures from Sport England revealed a small increase of 11,000 people taking up the sport in 2016 with 2.52 million now swimming at least once a week. Yet the number of public swimming pools […]
Freedom Leisure is fast becoming one of the UK’s leading operators of leisure facilities, following a 150 per cent growth in the last 18 months. In 2014, Freedom Leisure had 30 centres within its portfolio, compared to the 75 it operates today. This will expand even further in January next year with the addition of […]
Lack of access to local swimming pools is the key factor in a disappointing decline of swimming participation since London 2012. The Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) confirms, as of June 2015, there were 5,055 public swimming pools in England – that is 61 fewer pools than in 2013. “The biggest challenge facing the whole leisure […]
Building water confidence in young swimmers is at the heart of the water leisure offering at Guildford Spectrum Leisure Complex. The extensive renovation of the children’s pool and facilities at centre in Surrey has not only boosted the venue’s appeal, but also led to a two-fold increase in visitors. The £217,000 project was completed just […]
More than 60 representatives from dealerships all over the UK were welcomed to Oulton Hall near Leeds, recently, for the annual Jacuzzi hot tub conference. The Jacuzzi retailers were given statistics on another record-breaking year of sales for the brand, which reported £1.6 million growth in 2014. Commercial director, Duncan Simcox praised the efforts of […]
The UK swimming pool and spa sectors celebrated one of its best years in a decade at its annual UK Pool & Spa Awards with an *eight per cent increase in business. More hostages to fortune with the unpredictable British weather, rather than the economy; two months of sustained summer temperatures in July and August […]
As the £24 billion London Olympics continues to dominate the headlines, UK leisure attention is already refocusing on grass roots sport, where funding concerns remain heightened.
A report by the Local Government Association warns that there will be severe cuts in non-statutory services by 2020 – but it is not all bad news. Sophisticated swimming pool design continues to deliver cost-savings while offering the potential for increased income generation by attracting more visitors – particularly the young – into the water.