The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA), in conjunction with the prestigious IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain announced today open registration for the fourth annual IHRSA University, an executive leadership education program to take place June 1-5.

"IHRSA University is a not-to-be-missed opportunity," said David Patchell-Evans, Founder and President of Goodlife Fitness Clubs, Canada, past IHRSA University attendee, and incoming IHRSA Board Chairperson. "Every detail is considered - from the superbly pre-selected group of limited attendees, the cultural offerings of the host city, the great hotel service and the outstanding course content," said Patchell-Evans.

The 2008 class comprised 37 delegates from 18 countries and five continents, with presentations given by industry veterans Mark Mastrov, Founder of 24 Hour Fitness and Fitness Holdings Worldwide; and David Lloyd, Founder of David Lloyd Leisure, complemented by the faculty of IESE professors.

The learning methods include highly interactive and include case studies, discussions, simulations, presentations, small-group learning activities and breakout sessions. The faculty will link analytical and management approaches to actual company-specific situations, while balancing the program content with diverse industry material to ensure a multidimensional learning experience. Participants will be encouraged to look both internally and externally at the way they operate and at the complex and volatile market in which they compete.

The IESE Business School has been ranked by BusinessWeek magazine as the world's number one custom education programme; by The Economist as number one for MBA studies; and by Financial Times as number four for executive education.

For more information or to apply, visit or contact Alison O'Kane at or Blakely Sullivan at  

The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) is a not-for-profit trade association representing health and fitness facilities, gyms, spas, sports clubs and suppliers worldwide. The association's membership includes over 9,750 clubs in 75 countries, along with over 740 industry suppliers.


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