Health and Fitness Clubs - UK - June 2013
“One area where there could be potential is for a kind of ‘budget plus’ club, where elements of the budget format are retained but with a wider range of facilities in order to broaden appeal.”
– Michael Oliver, Senior Leisure & Media Analyst
Some questions answered in this report include:
- Is there still potential for new club formats?
- How can clubs better target women?
- How can non-budget clubs counter the threat from budget rivals?
- Where are future users most likely to come from and what would encourage them to join or rejoin?
The UK health and fitness club market has proved to be comparatively resilient during the economic downturn but factors like the continued squeeze on household incomes and high levels of youth unemployment have made life tough for the mid-market clubs.
However, they have created ideal conditions for the development of the budget health clubs sector, which has expanded rapidly in the past three or four years and now accounts for nearly a fifth of total UK private health and fitness club membership.
This report examines the current status of the industry, including innovations and market trends, profiles the leading operators and looks at the growth of the budget sector, as well as assessing consumer behaviour and attitudes, including usage and interest in using fitness technology products.
This report examines the market for private health and fitness clubs, although some reference is also made to the public sector for the purpose of comparison.
Mintel defines private clubs as those being operated by an individual or company for profit and in private ownership.
Public health and fitness clubs are defined as those operated by, or on behalf of, a local authority, such as a gymnasium and other facilities found in public leisure centres or swimming pool complexes.
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