The 2013 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry has grown its total market value by 1.5% to £3.92 billion over the twelve month period to the end of March 2013.
Summary of key facts:
- Total Market Value (public and private sectors combined) is estimated at £3.92 billion, up 1.5% on 2012.
- 12.6% of the UK population are now registered as members of a private health and fitness club or a publicly-owned fitness facility contrasting with 12.1% in the previous year.
- Total industry membership base is the strongest growth indicator, up 4.5% to 7.9 million over the past 12 months.
- 167 new public and private fitness facilities opened in the 12 month period ending 31st March 2013, up from 163 in 2012, 149 in 2011 and 122 in 2010.
- There are now 6,019 fitness facilities in the UK, up from 5,900 last year.
(source: Independent leisure market analysts The Leisure Database Company.)
Despite being in a recessionary period, the fitness sector is still expanding thanks to strong performance from both private and public fitness facilities. Not surprisingly, it is the private low cost sector which saw significant growth across the three key performance indicators – number of clubs, member numbers and total market value.