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HCM News Going bust? Thousands of UK gyms face ‘rent timebomb’


housands of UK

the Coronavirus Act to restrict

gyms could go out

tactics being adopted by

of business if they’re

landlords who were insisting

forced to pay full

gyms and leisure centres pay

rent payments, which are

rent that had been withheld

due at the end of June.

as a result of COVID-19.

In April, industry body ukactive successfully lobbied the government to amend

However, these protective measures will soon expire. This means gym operators will be liable for rent payments they potentially cannot afford – forcing many into administration as they’re threatened with legal action

Many gyms have said they cannot afford rent payments

through statutory demand notices and winding-up orders. ukactive is calling on the government to extend its

The government must recognise that, as a sector, we will be closed for longer than most

protection for tenants who will

Martin Long

UK’s leading fitness operators,

revealed that many are facing

have been and will remain

financial meltdown if nothing

closed for longer than almost

changes in the coming days.

every other sector – with zero

“We’re all looking forward to

income,” said Martin Long, CEO

be asked to pay the rent for

the day when we can reopen

of DW Fitness First – one of the

the next quarter on 24 June.

our clubs and start trading,

UK’s largest gym operators.

A consultation, involving the

but the government must recognise that as a sector we


Gyms set to benefit from a surge in memberships post-lockdown A survey by Savanta ComRes, in partnership with Sport England, has studied the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on attitudes and behaviours towards physical activity. Findings included the fact that 27 per cent of people who

This shows that people are really looking forward to returning to their gyms

are not currently members of a gym saying they’re likely to join. The figure is partly credited to people discovering workouts during lockdown and intending

More than a quarter of people questioned are looking to join

Huw Edwards

to continue the habit. questioned) more than any

“This shows that people

fitness sector, 87 per cent

on interviews with a

other physical activity, with

are really looking forward to

of current gym members

representative sample of

swimming (13 per cent),

returning to their gyms,” said

also said they are likely to

more than 2,000 adults – also

football (5 per cent) and

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive.

resume their membership

showed that people miss the

cycling (2 per cent) among

when facilities reopen.

gym (14 per cent of all those

other popular activities.

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