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21:32 PM | 21 May 2020
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach says he understands why the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Games would have to be cancelled if it cannot take place next summer.
16:58 PM | 06 May 2020
Football Fans Together is launching a campaign to unite the UK community of football fans as a collective to raise funds and donate for the NHS and Community Football during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The initiative will reach out to the many hundreds of thousands of people in football supporters’ groups via all social media channels, to gain their support and ask for a small donation.

A target of £200,000 has been set - 75 per cent of the proceeds will go directly to NHS Charities Together, the charity representing over 230 NHS Charities and 25 per cent to Football Beyond Borders, an education charity which uses the power of football to support disadvantaged young people in the UK.

Find out more at the link below.
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16:03 PM | 05 May 2020
The Swimathon Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
11:54 AM | 29 Apr 2020
IAKS has set up a COVID-19 portal on its website to aggregate inforamtion about reopening for sports facilities.

Find out more by following the link.
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15:37 PM | 27 Apr 2020

After COVID / Italy eases lockdown on sports

The prime minister of Italy, Giuseppe Conte, has announced his country will start to come out of lockdown on 4 May after seven weeks.

Individual athletes will be allowed to resume training and people will be allowed to play sports – not only in the vicinity of their homes, but also over a wider area.

Sports teams will also be able to hold group training from 18 May.

Bars and restaurants will reopen for takeaway service from 4 May – not just delivery as now – but food must be consumed at home or in an office.

Hairdressers, beauty salons, bars and restaurant dine-in services will restart from 1 June.

Shops not already opened under the earliest easing measures will reopen on 18 May, along with museums and libraries.

In Switzerland, garden centres and hairdressers will open their doors next Monday.
15:36 PM | 26 Apr 2020
The ukactive team, led by Tanni Grey-Thompson – are running 'backyard marathons' today (26 April - the day the London Marathon was scheduled to take place) to raise cash for foodbank charity, The Trussell Trust.

The team is currently running at 259% over its fundraising target.

You can still sponsor them at the link below. Not too late.
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13:22 PM | 21 Apr 2020
A group of furloughed ad agency experts are offering free advice to small businesses such as fitness studios.

If you're a small business, this is their message to you:

We're a group of advertising people from some of the best agencies in London.

And we’ve been furloughed.

Which has left us in the unique situation of being paid not to work.

So, instead of starting a podcast or learning the art of baking sourdough, we decided to set up Not Fur’ Long and use our time to help brands and small businesses survive and thrive in these challenging times.

What we do
Our aim is to offer strategic and creative support to businesses during these
uncertain times, and help set them up for success later down the line.

Why we do it
Most reports suggest that this crisis will result in the closure of 1 in 5 small
and medium sized businesses.

But these businesses are the life blood of every community. Whether it’s your local pub, your favourite fitness studio or that lovely coffee shop that knows exactly how you like your Cortado. It’s those businesses that give a sense of identity to your community.

And it’s those businesses we want to help.


Find out more at the link below
0:07 AM | 21 Apr 2020
When industry events re-start, there may be some government controls.

According to industry insiders, the UK government has indicated that there may need to be a system or process in place that prioritises events in relation to their economic value, with less significant events potentially being asked to reshedule.
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20:31 PM | 20 Apr 2020
The following from Barclaycard:

Spending on non-essentials was down 12.9 per cent, with many retailers impacted by the introduction of social distancing measures. Travel expenditure – which includes public transport – declined by 40.5 per cent, while restaurants and bars, pubs and clubs contracted 35.5 per cent and 22.2 per cent respectively.

More time at home led to digital content and subscription spend rising 17.4 per cent as people entertained themselves by playing digital games, watching boxsets and accessing streaming services.

Consumer confidence dropped to its lowest level since Barclaycard started its survey six years ago, with only 25 per cent of UK adults feeling positive about the state of the UK economy – down 17 percentage points from February.

Confidence in job security declined 6 per cent to 43 per cent, suggesting concern about the months to come.

However, Brits continue to be resolute about their own financial situation, with 68 per cent remaining positive about their household finances, broadly in line with last month. This could be attributed to the fact that 56 per cent said that they were saving money by avoiding the pub, eating out and commuting less.
23:29 PM | 19 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / All green spaces must stay open for exercise and recreation

Every park in the UK must stay open during the coronavirus lockdown for exercise and recreation, it has been announced.

Secretary of state for housing, communities and local government, Robert Jenrick said he disagreed with decisions to close green spaces and had ‘made it clear’ to councils that parks need to remain open to help those living in limited space.

The government has announced an additional £1.3bn of funding for local authorities, following the £1.6bn given early in March, on the grounds that some councils are facing insolvency without this support.

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0:11 AM | 17 Apr 2020
The Observatory for Sport in Scotland is launching new research to understand the impact of COVID-19 on Scottish sport, communities and the population's physical and mental health and wellbeing.
0:45 AM | 15 Apr 2020
Alliance Leisure has announced that work on the construction of the new Chard leisure centre in the U.K. recommenced today, following “rigorous risk analysis and the implementation of government guidelines.”
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18:33 PM | 13 Apr 2020
ACE, the American Council on Exercise, is running a webinar this coming Wednesday 15 April 2020 between 9.00am and 9.45am PDT.

The webinar is called Family Fitness During COVID-19.

ACE told HCM, "As families tackle the lockdown together, keeping active is a great way to spend family time, decrease stress, and improve overall health – not to mention that it burns a lot of energy.

"These online video sessions can be turned into a family affair and to support this, family fitness experts will share tips during the webinar on how to develop engaging and time-efficient programming to support clients who want to, or need to exercise as a family – and have fun while doing it."

Click the link to sign up.
12:16 PM | 13 Apr 2020
Some cities in Germany are creating pop-up cycle lanes by repainting wnd extending existing lanes, to enable cyclists to maintain social distancing on their commute to work.

The aim is to keep cyclists the required 1.5-metre distance apart while car traffic is reduced owing to the lockdown.

However, new evidence published last week suggest the safe distance for cyclists and runner needs to be extended.
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9:38 AM | 07 Apr 2020
Former NASA astronaut, Jay Buckey, has launched an online self-help toolkit that replicates the kind of training undertaken by astronauts to help them cope with confinement in small spaces.

Called the Dartmouth Path Program, the training was developed for long-duration spaceflight.

Buckley believes it will be useful for people practicing social isolation.

The toolkit includes training in conflict resolution and mood management, as well as self-assessment tools to monitor signs of anxiety and stress.
14:11 PM | 06 Apr 2020
Joe Ryan has been appointed head of health and safety at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.

The part-time role begins in May.

Ryan is also CEO of RDHS, which was established in 2004 and provides health and safety, event safety and quality assurance for the sport, leisure and events sectors, globally.

Previous jobs have included the Vitality Hockey World Cup 2018, UCI Track Cycling World Cup 2018, IAAF World ParaAthletics and World Athletics Championships 2017, Baku 2017 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, Baku 2015 first European Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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0:13 AM | 04 Apr 2020
One of the factors that have made the coronavirus outbreak so severe across the globe is that some of those infected do not show any symptoms, resulting in them going about their lives as normal, infecting even more people.

Now, a team of researchers is setting out to study whether subtle hints offered by wearable fitness technology could help identify asymptomatic cases – and provide a critical advantage in the race to trace the virus's spread.
1:22 AM | 02 Apr 2020

Icons pivot / McLaren, Aston Martin, Williams Racing join forces to make medical ventilators

A collective of Formula One racing teams in the UK are using their engineering and advanced design, materials and manufacturing expertise to manufacture medical ventilators to fight COVID-19.

The initiative, called Project Pitlane, includes McLaren F1, ROKiT Williams Racing, Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1, Aston Martin, Haas F1, Renault DP World F1 and BWT Racing Point F1.
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1:04 AM | 02 Apr 2020

COVID-19 / Under Armour announces it has started manufacturing PPE for medics

Sportswear giant, Under Armour, says it has begun to produce personal protective equipment for medical staff treating coronavirus patients.

The company, which is based in Baltimore, is making face masks, face shields and hospital gowns to donate to health care workers in the University of Maryland Medical System.
10:51 AM | 30 Mar 2020
Joe Wicks, the personal trainer who has become a global star thanks to his daily exercise sessions for families, is understood to be in talks with at least two major UK TV channels.

Broadcasting 30-minute exercise sessions each morning through his BodyCoach TV YouTube channel, Wicks is getting families – stuck at home due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown – physically active in a fun and engaging way.

His "P.E with Joe" sessions have reached a worldwide audience – racking up 16.3 million views in the first week.
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10:49 AM | 30 Mar 2020
Physical activity sector bodies have welcomed the government's measures to help the UK's self-employed workers during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced yesterday (26 March) that those who have suffered a loss in income will be eligible to a taxable grant worth 80 per cent of their profits – up to a cap of £2,500 per month.

Called the Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme, the grant will be available for three months in one lump-sum payment and will start to be paid from the beginning of June.

The scheme will be open to those with a trading profit of less than £50,000 in 2018-19, or an average trading profit of less than £50,000 between 2016-17 and 2018-19.
10:39 AM | 30 Mar 2020

Campaign / Join The Movement campaign launches to get people active during lockdown

What matters more than anything right now is that people stay home, save lives and protect the NHS.
– Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth,What matters more than anything right now is that people stay home, save lives and protect the NHS.
– Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth
A new national campaign has been launched to encourage people to stay physically active at their homes during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) lockdown.

The Join The Movement campaign is designed to provide inspiration and trusted information to the public about how to keep fit in and around the home during the pandemic.

Funded by The National Lottery and created by Sport England, the campaign has its own online hub, giving access to a range of home workout options – including existing free exercise content and advice from organisations such as the NHS.

Added to that are workouts from popular fitness brands and influencers such as Les Mills on Demand, The Body Coach (Joe Wicks) and FiiT – many of whom are offering extended free trials to help people get active at home.

“What matters more than anything right now is that people stay home, save lives and protect the NHS,” said Sport England CEO Tim Hollingsworth.

“What that can’t and mustn’t mean is we stop being active, which we believe is now more important than ever.

“It’s not just a means of maintaining physical health but also to support mental wellbeing and helping people to deal with the anxiety that this period will inevitably bring.

“Despite this time of great uncertainty, we’re already seeing people find fun and creative new ways to get moving and come together, even while staying apart.

“This campaign seeks to help bring together the best of that and encourages people to share what they're doing using #StayInWorkOut.”
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10:35 AM | 30 Mar 2020
Our workforce is made up of qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals, many of whom have, through no fault of their own, seen a near-total collapse of their earnings as a result of the Covid-19 crisis,Our workforce is made up of qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals, many of whom have, through no fault of their own, seen a near-total collapse of their earnings as a result of the Covid-19 crisis
Leading organisations in the Physical activity sector have urged chancellor Rishi Sunak to provide urgent financial support for the sector's 60,000 self-employed workers.

The heads of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), ukactive, and Community Leisure UK – along with Clive Ormerod, CEO of Les Mills International – have written an open letter to the chancellor.

“Our workforce is made up of qualified, experienced and dedicated professionals, many of whom have, through no fault of their own, seen a near-total collapse of their earnings as a result of the Covid-19 crisis," the letter reads.

“While digital platforms provide a possible solution for some to earn an income – and many of our members are actively exploring the options for providing online services to their customers – this is not, realistically, going to fill the income gap created by the closure of all of the physical activity facilities they usually teach or instruct from.

“Many of these workers are also parents, carers or partners of other key workers, and they are a vital part of our broader healthcare ecosystem. It is essential that we support them in the same way as employees, so that they are in a position to keep the country fit and healthy during this crisis and beyond.”
10:34 AM | 30 Mar 2020
Be Military Fit with Bear Grylls (BMF) will activate its network of ex-armed forces personnel and mobilise it in the fight against the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

The Outdoor fitness operator's move is a response to the government‘s call to find 250,000 volunteers to help the under-pressure NHS.
16:49 PM | 25 Mar 2020

Coronavirus update / UK government orders gyms, leisure centres, pubs and restaurants to close...

Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...,Cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".
- Boris Johnson, PM...
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered all UK gyms, health clubs, leisure centres and restaurants to close at the end of business on 20 March.

Speaking at his daily press conference, Johnson also said that cinemas, nightclubs, cafes, pubs and bars will be asked to close "as soon as they reasonably can – and not reopen tomorrow".

Johnson said the "extreme measures" will help save lives.

"These actions will help take the strain off the NHS and we will be able to save literally thousands of lives," he said.

The decision to close leisure outlets was made after evidence suggesting that the government's recommendation for social distancing was being ignored, especially in cities and towns.

Earlier in the day, Tim Martin, boss of pub chain JD Whetherspoon, drew widespread criticism after suggesting that shutting pubs over the coronavirus outbreak would be "over the top" – and that they should stay open "for the duration" of the pandemic.

Other measures introduced during the PM's press conference will see businesses offered "unprecedented" financial support.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak, speaking alongside the PM, announced that business could apply for grants to ensure they do not have to let staff go due to the slowdown in the economy.

He said that the government would pay 80 per cent of wages for employees not working, up to £2,500 a month, as part of efforts to avoid widespread job losses.

He also announced that he would defer the next quarter of VAT payments for firms, until the end of June....