Places for People is a social enterprise that runs more than 100 leisure centres nationwide.
It is one of the biggest organisations of its kind in the UK and offers affordable activities to help members of local communities enjoy a healthy lifestyle.
The KTP is between Places for People and Associate Professor Philip Carver from the School of Rehabilitation Sciences and his team at Kingston University and St George's University of London.
The project involves the use of SWIMTAG – a novel movement sensor technology that is worn when exercising. The project will devise a programme of physical activity and aims to develop a nationally agreed system for the quality assurance of exercise in managing age and obesity related chronic diseases. The sensor will measure people‘s progress during aquatic exercise, while walking and on traditional gym-based programmes through referral by their GP.
Susan Rossetto, Group Health and Wellbeing manager, Places for People said: "We are looking forward to working on this KTP as it will bring a new and fresh perspective on current delivery and challenge existing processes so that we can have greater impact on the public's health".
This partnership will start as a pilot in one of Places for People's London leisure centres, and then hopefully be rolled out nationwide. In the current climate of cost control, the aim is to provide knowledge and technology that will encourage local authorities to continue to invest in physical activity as a means to embrace health.
The KTP aims to position Places for People as a market leader in the fitness industry, as no other company is currently developing the technology that is being used in this project.
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