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Head of ukactive Kids Jack Shakespeare speaks about battling childhood physical inactivity

Posted on: 21 April 2017

Head of ukactive Kids Jack Shakespeare addresses the physical inactivity crisis facing children today, amid figures showing that they are the least active generation ever. 

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Jonathan MacDonald warns physical activity firms about the need to embrace change

Posted on: 24 March 2017

ActiveLab Live! Keynote speaker Jonathan MacDonald gave his thoughts on innovation in the physical activity sector. Jonathan sets out the biggest threat to fitness operators facing what he calls the ‘three primary risks of inaction’, in a rapidly changing world.

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Our job is to collectively shape the Post-16 Skills Plan and ensure our sector gets the recognition it deserves

Our job is to collectively shape the Post-16 Skills Plan and ensure our sector gets the recognition it deserves

Posted on: 23 March 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

I was delighted to be asked to chair the morning panel at the CIMSPA conference last week, to discuss ‘the positive pay-off from investing in staff skills and training’.  Firstly, having been previously involved in the development of individuals in the training sector, I’ve seen first-hand the impact that education can have on people’s lives, in relation to the development of knowledge, skills and behaviours and subsequently on future performance.  Then, from an awarding organisation perspective, I’ve seen how individuals can follow clear professional development pathways, by undertaking relevant training and/or qualifications to climb the career ladders that exist within out sector.  And as an employer, I’ve seen the impact that training and development can have on outcomes – in relation to all areas of the business including sales, customer service, quality assurance and management. 

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Video: ActiveLab Live! Panellist Tom Halls talks about the gamification of physical activity

Posted on: 21 March 2017

Video: Tom Halls from NRG E-Sports tells us how gamification can revolutionise the way we move and provide an extra motivator for people to get active, by making physical activity a more attractive proposition.

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Video: Baroness Grey-Thompson calls for an overhaul of English town planning laws

Posted on: 08 March 2017

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson spoke last week at Sweat, ukactive’s boutique fitness event, calling for an urgent rethink of England’s “archaic” town planning laws.

The ukactive Chair and cross-bench peer wants to see a major overhaul of planning regulations to make it easier for fitness businesses to have a positive health impact on England’s unhealthy high streets, which she said are “drowning in a sea of betting shops, fried chicken joints and empty shop windows.”

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Progress and momentum has been made toward CIMSPA’s ‘single set of standards,’ although there is still work to do

Progress and momentum has been made toward CIMSPA’s ‘single set of standards,’ although there is still work to do

Posted on: 20 February 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

The Sporting Future Annual Report highlights the extensive work carried out by CIMSPA in its progress to develop a single set of standards for all sport and exercise professionals and “a single system of assessing, awarding and validating qualifications”.  At Active IQ, we read this statement with interest, in the knowledge that Active IQ (and other awarding organisations) is regulated by Ofqual in England, Qualifications Wales in Wales, CCEA in Northern Ireland and also potentially moving forwards by SQA in Scotland.  

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Future Fit helps ukactive team see personal training in a whole new light

Future Fit helps ukactive team see personal training in a whole new light

Posted on: 16 February 2017

Future Fit Training has been putting ukactive through its personal training paces as three of the team are studying the Level 3 PT Diploma. Apart from gaining new skills and knowledge, the three trainees – Steven Ward, Geraldine Tuck and Jak Phillips – have really had their eyes opened and gained a whole new appreciation for the work undertaken by the UK’s personal trainers.

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It’s the Year of the Rooster as Water Babies makes a big splash, exporting baby swimming to China!

It’s the Year of the Rooster as Water Babies makes a big splash, exporting baby swimming to China!

Posted on: 03 February 2017

By Steve Franks – Group Managing Director, Water Babies

Firstly Xin Nian Kuai Le – or Happy New year!

And what a year it’s been for us all here at Water Babies! When you think of baby swimming, few may realise that this is fast becoming a booming industry and major UK export – most recently to China! There is already one franchisee operating successfully in Xian in Western China, home of the famous Terracotta Warriors. However, the plans of our Chinese Master franchisor are ambitious, but also awe-inspiring! Managing Director, Kevin Zhang says: “There is a huge appetite in China for families to embark on this unique journey, on helping their babies to learn how to swim. Most importantly parents will be helping their babies and toddlers to learn a life-saving skill. And just like here in the UK, our classes will give thousands the chance to develop their babies, physically and mentally; mums and dads will also be able to enjoy some special bonding time with their children along the way.”

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Education is key to a safe and active Britain

Education is key to a safe and active Britain

Posted on: 02 February 2017

By Huw Edwards, ukactive Public Affairs Director

At ukactive our central mission is simple: getting more people, more active, more often. There’s a simple reason for that; regular physical activity is nothing less than a silver bullet in battling the health challenges Britain faces. Our work therefore surrounds championing physical activity whenever we can, and encouraging as many people as possible to get active.

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Rise to the challenge

Rise to the challenge

Posted on: 01 February 2017

By Dean Horridge, CEO of Fit For Sport

The state of our children’s health has never been worse. The threat to their future has never been greater. In some areas of the UK, as many as 40% of primary school children are overweight or obese. One in five children do NO physical activity at school.  Our young generation is at risk of dying at a younger age than their parents.

That is simply not acceptable.

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Three Big Boutique Fitness Industry Trends

Three Big Boutique Fitness Industry Trends

Posted on: 01 February 2017

So you want to know what's hot in boutique fitness right now? We picked the brains of those in-the-know to get these three top trends:

Flexible format

First and foremost, boutique fitness is getting ever more personal in its approach, often operating a pay-per-class system. This is a nod towards our general demand for greater variety and choice, as well as the option to do what we want, where want, and now. Dawn Tuckwell, who specialises in health and wellness PR, has noticed a similar trend: "The biggest thing we see is people wanting fitness on demand," she says.  

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Top tips on sourcing your boutique fitness site

Posted on: 18 January 2017

Whether you’re completely new to the boutique fitness field or an existing provider, finding a suitable new site is always challenging. That’s why Sweat spoke to Goldstein Ween, the architects behind ‘Another Space’ – the newly-opened boutique fitness concept from The Third Space – to get the inside track on sourcing a killer site.

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Future Leaders 2016 Review – Joe Robinson

Future Leaders 2016 Review – Joe Robinson

Posted on: 06 January 2017

When applying for the Future Leaders Programme I was nervous. First-date nervous.

The programme had promised to be amazing and at this point in my career I felt ready.

Once my application had been confirmed as successful, the University delivered my cherished programme documents approximately 4 months prior to arriving.

I’d estimate there was around 20 hours’ worth of work to be done in advance, but the content is well-prepared and very easy to get into. It’s designed to be this way. Obviously your professional and social lives are still going on around you so being able to dip in and out of the pre-course work is key. But it’s absolutely vital that you put this work in!

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Promising Practice 2 – building an evidence-base on ‘what works’ in getting more people, more active, more often across the UK

Promising Practice 2 – building an evidence-base on ‘what works’ in getting more people, more active, more often across the UK

Posted on: 20 December 2016

At ukactive our mantra has always been to improve the health of the nation through getting more people, more active, more often. We exist to serve anyone with a role to play in encouraging people to get active in all aspects of their lives, be it at home, with family and friends, or at work with colleagues. In order to achieve this, it is important that organisations, individuals and groups working to increase physical activity levels across the UK have access to practical guidance on best practice and an evidence-base on what works at both a local and national scale. 

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Business Funding Options in the Physical Activity Sector

Business Funding Options in the Physical Activity Sector

Posted on: 15 December 2016

By KPMG Small Business Accounting

Businesses in the leisure and physical activity sector seek funding for a whole host of reasons. In many cases, funding may be needed to buy the premises, equipment or vehicles required to turn a brilliant idea into a functioning business. Alternatively, you might be looking to expand your offering, or take your existing products and services into new markets. 

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The Path to fitness – How to prevent injuries whilst training

The Path to fitness – How to prevent injuries whilst training

Posted on: 14 December 2016

By Neil Mukherjee, Fitness Coach at PT500 Oxford 

How many times have you have suffered an injury whilst training at the gym?

If your answer is more than twice in 6 months with recurring or different injuries, you are most likely continuing in denial or suffering quietly. The answer to this predicament is STOP.  Make a note of your injury and the date it first started as well as the likely cause of the injury; ie a slip or excessive knee pressure etc.

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The time is right to enter the ukactive Flame Awards…

The time is right to enter the ukactive Flame Awards…

Posted on: 09 December 2016

 

The health, fitness and physical activity sector is on the brink of a revolution - with its appetite for innovation and workforce development at an all-time high. So how do we capture these moments and inspire the sector, our organisations and our teams to thrive?

 

 

 

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3 Ways a Custom Branded Fitness App Can Help You Build More Brand Awareness

3 Ways a Custom Branded Fitness App Can Help You Build More Brand Awareness

Posted on: 25 November 2016

By Janis Behan, Content Marketing Manager at Trainerize

Technology is becoming a key part of the success of fitness businesses. The need for health clubs and gyms to be online and even have their own fitness app is becoming more apparent, in order to attract a wider, younger or tech-savvy demographic. Even individual personal trainers have jumped on board with online training and using mobile apps to deliver workouts and nutrition. It’s proven to be an excellent way to promote your brand to consumers and engage with clients outside of your in-person training and regular marketing tactics.

There are several personal training apps out there to choose from. With many of them, you have the option to easily customize the app by adding your company logo, maybe even your own exercise videos, as well as a personalized welcome video.

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Time is more valuable than money

Time is more valuable than money

Posted on: 18 November 2016

By Chay Pickford Customer Support Manager at Johnson Fitness

Amazing; that was the first word that came into my head when I was asked what I thought of the Future Leaders Course. 

At the opening meeting I thought it was going to be yet another course repeating the same old tired teachings that we’ve heard time and time again. As someone who is sometimes mistaken but never wrong, this truly was a first, I couldn’t have been any more wrong.

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Five things to look out for at National Summit 2016

Five things to look out for at National Summit 2016

Posted on: 02 November 2016

The ukactive National Summit 2016, the leading political event for the physical activity and health sector, will take place at Westminster’s Queen Elizabeth II Centre on 9 November. Co-ordinated by ukactive alongside headline event partners milon and GymPass, this year’s event boasts its widest and most impressive combination of keynote speakers, and breakout sessions yet. Alongside these, this year’s Summit also represents an unprecedented networking opportunity; attendance includes delegates from Nuffield Health, GLL, Places for People Leisure, Everyone Active and Water Babies.  Here, we will take you through just a few of the many fantastic sessions in store for attendees at National Summit 2016.

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