At our development at Haverhill Leisure Centre our partners at the Etec Group welcomed a work experience placement, Arthur Pickton.
Arthur had been given the opportunity to complete 40 hours of work experience at the Haverhill Leisure Centre refurbishment site in Suffolk. He is a Level 3 student studying Construction and the Built Environment at The Milburn Campus, West Suffolk College in Bury St Edmunds and has plans to pursue a career in site management, and has been working alongside Site Manager, Steve Koeck. Steve says, ‘I can honestly say it is a pleasure to have a young person who is keen to learn and so positive.’
Arthur has also been spending time with other staff, learning how the trades work, helping him to gain vital knowledge about how an efficient and effective site runs.
Arthur says, ‘Steve and several sub-contractors I have worked with during my placement have made me feel very welcome, supported me with tasks and learning in the best way possible and for that I am overwhelmed with the outcome of my work experience at Etec.’
Arthur is keen to learn more and plans to extend his work experience beyond the 40 hour requirement for his course. He is a real credit to both himself and West Suffolk College.
Alliance Leisure are proud to be sponsoring Tennis Scotland in 2018. As part of the sponsorship members of the Alliance team attended Wimbledon and got the chance to see our British stars in action. It was unfortunate that Andy Murray had to withdraw from the tournament but the team got to see Jamie Murray get close to retaining his doubles title, losing in the final to Alexander Peya and Nicole Melichar.
Alliance are delighted to have completed the new Studios and Gym extension at Larkfield Leisure Centre. The project was delivered on time and within budget by the Alliance development team for TM Active, the forward thinking leisure trust who have now been able to introduce the Immersive Cycle Studio, two new Group Ex Studios and exciting Functional Gym space to members old and new.
The development was officially opened by Tracey Crouch, Minister for Sport, Civil Society & Loneliness (pictured with Tom Fairey). Also pictured is TM Active Chief Executive, Martin Guyton, with Ruth Doyle and Tom Fairey from Alliance Leisure.
To mark the launch of ukactive’s new, multi-day event which celebrates physical activity, Alliance Leisure partnered with ukactive to host an evening of networking, canapés and drinks at the Midland Hotel in Manchester on June 20.
The event was well attended by more than 150 partners and guests, all eager to toast ukactive’s re-formatted flagship annual event.
Active Uprising brought together more than 1,000 leading decision makers for a festival of insight, debate and action across Greater Manchester from June 21 – 23, 2018. With a jam-packed schedule which included thought leadership sessions, networking, insight and innovation, the event was the biggest festival of physical activity ever hosted in the UK.
James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure, says: “We felt it was really important to support ukactive in their celebrations. The organisation plays a vital role in the growth and development of the physical activity sector. The scale of Active Uprising highlights just how much value the sector is now delivering to individuals and communities across the UK and we are very proud to be a part of it all.”
Steve Ward, CEO at ukactive, says: “Alliance Leisure has been a long term Strategic Partner and investor for the sector with the mission of making more people, more active, more often. The opportunity to work with Alliance and GmActive gives us the opportunity to set the scene for the Active Uprising over the next three years with organisations who have made and will continue to make the initiative a reality’.
Celebrations continued on the evening of June 21, with the new format ukactive black-tie Award ceremony, attended by 800 representatives from the physical activity sector. The event recognised the incredible work of many organisations and individuals passionate about getting more people more active more often. Alliance Leisure was incredibly proud to be named the winner of the Concept, Design and Build category for the innovation and success of the redevelopment works at Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancaster.
Speaking about the Awards, ukactive CEO Steven Ward sys: “Given the growing contribution of physical activity in all aspects of society, it seemed only fitting that we expanded the ukactive Awards to recognise the full breadth of our movement to create an active nation.
“Huge congratulations to Alliance Leisure who has been making such strides to get more people, more active, more often.”
In response to the continued growth and success of Alliance Leisure’s client support services, the organisation has relaunched this part of the business under new brand, TA6.
The launch includes a restructure of the division and the introduction of new personnel to head up specialist areas. The move will enable TA6 to operate as a standalone brand, whilst still benefiting from the experience, credibility and operational efficiencies of parent company, Alliance Leisure.
Heading up TA6 will be Paul Woodford, Director of Marketing and Partnership. Paul joined Alliance Leisure in 2009 and has been instrumental in the growth and development of client services. Paul will be responsible for six key areas of service delivery: staff development, sales and retention, creative, digital, insights and the brand’s results-driven support package, the power pack.
Woodford, says: “Over the years we have worked with many operator partners to develop efficient, sustainable, high quality leisure services. Despite proven success, we have struggled to raise the visibility of the division, with many operators incorrectly assuming a need to enter into a design and build agreement with Alliance Leisure to access our marketing and training services. TA6 has been created to enable more effective promotion of the division as a standalone offer.”
As part of the restructure, John Leaver, currently Head of Alliance Digital, will move into the broader role of Head of Marketing, still overseeing Digital. Marina Thomas has been recruited as Head of Training and new joiner, Neil Harrison, previously National Membership Manager at 1Life, will lead a team of client Account Managers.
Woodford adds: “These are exciting times for the business. The name TA6 reflects Alliance Leisure’s roots, being the postcode associated with the business’ first location, back in 1998. TA6 is also a reference to ‘The Alliance 6’ core services. We hope the launch of the new brand will see many clients benefiting from our support over the coming years.”
Alliance Leisure remains the parent company and both brand’s will continue to have a close association but will now also be promoted as separate partnership opportunities.
The UK’s leading private leisure developer has been announced the winner of the New Concept, Build or Design category at ukactive’s prestigious annual awards.
The awards formed part of the inaugural four-day festival of physical activity entitled ‘Active Uprising’ which took part in Manchester, June 20-23, 2018. Attended by more than 1,000 industry representatives and influencers, the black-tie awards dinner replaced the long standing ukactive FLAME Awards as the UK’s leading celebration of innovation and achievement in the physical activity sector.
Speaking of the win, Sarah Watts, CEO at Alliance Leisure, says: “This award recognises the profound impact the creation of modern physical activity spaces which inspire and motivate, can have on behaviour change across whole communities. At Salt Ayre Leisure Centre in Lancashire, our redesign of a tired, disengaged leisure centre has resulted in a 72 per cent uplift in customer visits.
Working in Partnership with Lancaster City Council, we have breathed new life into facility and created a vibrant environment which is stimulating participation on a mass scale, across all segments of the community. This award brings our success at Salt Ayre into the spotlight and, hopefully, highlights to other local authorities that investment in leisure stock now for the future, and a partnership with us to design facilities that inspire whole communities to be more active for generations to come is achievable, even in these challenging times of austerity.”
For more information and to view imagery of the Salt Ayre project, click here.
At this year’s Elevate James Foley, Commercial Director at Alliance Leisure, will explain how leisure providers can play their part in encouraging children and teens to get active by creating innovative, engaging spaces which tap into the motivations of our young, tech savvy, generation. The key lies in helping youngsters find enjoyment, fun and fulfilment through active play and a diverse offering of physical activities.
Back in 2012, Lord Sebastian Coe, Chairman of the London Olympic Games Commission, stated that our children are the ‘least active generation in history.’ This statement is backed up in a study by the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation which states only 1 in 10 girls and 2 in 10 boys aged 14 are meeting official guidelines for physical activity.
It currently costs the UK economy £8.2 billion per year to sustain inactive Britons and with a high percentage of our children entering adulthood physically illiterate this figure is set to rise.
So, what can be done to turn the tide and transform Generative Inactive into Generation Active
James will be joined on the panel by Dan Edwardes, Founder of Parkour Generations and Mark Hardy, Chairman at Association of Play Industries.
This promises to be a session full of insight and ideas so arrive early to ensure you get a seat.
A World War 2 veteran from RAF Skellingthorpe 61 Squadron visited the newly re-development Birchwood Leisure Centre last week to see the 61 Squadron “runway”. The “runway” is a new climbing wall which pays homage to the wartime use of the land on which Birchwood stands and those who failed to return to the base from missions over enemy or enemy-occupied territory.
Pictured are Alan Biggs of the 50 and 61 Squadrons Association and Arthur Anderson, aged 95, WW2 61 Sqdn wireless ops who was based at RAF Skellingthorpe. They were attending the launch at the Leisure Centre of a new DVD “Operation Failed to Return – the men who flew from Skellingthorpe,” attended by the Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Chris Burke, and the Chair of Skellingthorpe Parish Council, Dr. Sophie Bennett.
Everyone at the launch was allowed to inspect the new runways by Active Nation.
In the second picture Arthur Anderson is seen with the local Mayor.
The UK Leisure Framework has facilitated the investment of millions of pounds into public sector sports and leisure facilities in its first year.
Launched by the County Council in February 2017, with Alliance Leisure as leisure development partner, the framework aims to help public sector bodies transform their leisure offer with successful and sustainable facilities.
Jamie Groves, Denbighshire County Council
“The focus on developing the right business solution, rather than just the buildings, provides much more opportunity for innovation, as well as providing confidence that completed projects will be popular with the public and achieve their income targets,” says Jamie Groves, Head of Facilities, Assets & Housing at Denbighshire County Council.
In the first 12 months of the framework, developments with an estimated value of £27m have been signed. Five leisure projects have completed with another six developments currently on site.
The framework was borne out of the success of Denbighshire County Council’s first partnership with Alliance Leisure, which saw the investment of nearly £10m in upgrading facilities after years of under investment. Now it is helping other local authorities do the same by removing the burdens of public procurement.
According to research by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), the UK public sector procurement process is the most expensive in the EU with some of the longest public sector purchasing processes, which can make the business of developing leisure facilities both costly and time-consuming. The UK Leisure Framework looks to reduce the procurement process significantly and ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget.
Sarah Watts, Alliance Leisure
“By focusing on reducing costs and improving efficiencies for both the client and the contractor, the UK Leisure Framework ensures a larger percentage of the client’s overall budget is allocated to the development project, rather than the procurement process. This allows local authorities to progress developments that almost certainly would have proved prohibitively expensive under traditional public procurement procedures,” says Sarah Watts, CEO of Alliance Leisure.
SC2 Development, Rhyl, North Wales
Projects signed under the framework in the last 12 months include SC2, a £14.8m new leisure complex offering a 13,000sq ft leisure pool with flumes, slides and water play features, a TAG active adventure zone, changing village and café and bar area expected to draw over 35,000 extra visitors per year to the area. Other projects include a £7.4m scheme to refurbish and extend Monmouth Leisure Centre, the refurbishment of Rhyl Leisure Centre, new 3G pitches at St Asaph Leisure Centre and the extension and refurbishment of hospitality facilities at Stadiwm Zip World. In the last two months two further projects have commenced on site: a £2.4m investment by Cheltenham Borough Council in partnership with The Cheltenham Trust and a £1.4m health and fitness development with Flintshire County Council in partnership with Aura Trust.
New attractions to the centre include the Les Mills immersive cycling experience, the Trip™; Europe’s first outdoor Flight Tower; an 80-station gym largely; adventure play area; XHeight climbing wall; barista-style café and a luxury spa.
Since the redevelopment, community engagement has soured with visits to the centre increasing by more than 20,000. Gym and fitness class attendance is up by 83 per cent and active members have more than doubled. The new family friendly facilities have also proved popular with more than 200 youngsters taking out the a newly available junior membership.
As part of a 10-year development partnership with Lancaster City Council, Alliance lead the project which has seen a failing leisure centre with a large subsidy in excess of half a million pounds a year transformed to a thriving physical activity hub, projected to be revenue-neutral within three years of project completion.
The Council’s award submission states: ‘The multi-disciplined professional team delivered the project by commissioning a specialist leisure development partner [Alliance Leisure] with experience of multiple project delivery which has allowed the most expedient and efficient route to delivering the ambitious expectations of members and customers. This was a large and complex project and the team have delivered a redevelopment that has exceeded all expectations.’
Coun Darren Clifford, cabinet member with responsibility for sport and leisure, said: “From the outset it was evident that Salt Ayre had to change its offer to increase the number of customers and income and reduce the operating cost to the council and secure its future. This was a large and complex project and the team have delivered a redevelopment that has exceeded all expectations. This award celebrates that work and everyone involved should be hugely proud of what they have helped the council to deliver – a hub for fitness and leisure which has seen significant increases in income, membership and participation.”
James Foley, project lead at Alliance Leisure, says: “Congratulations to Lancaster Council on winning this award. It took some real visionary thinking and trust in the fact that the community would embrace the investment to make this project the success it has turned out to be. This project has created a sustainable leisure provision which will be enjoyed for many years to come. Well done Lancaster City Council!