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Setting the benchmark: wellness hubs

Setting the benchmark: wellness hubs

Posted on: 18 October 2017 by Jade Hall Email: Jade Hall

At ukactive’s 2016 National Summit, ukactive’s Chair, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, called for the Government’s Industrial Strategy to lead a £1bn regeneration scheme to transform the UK’s ageing fleet of leisure centres into new community wellness hubs. These wellness hubs combine swimming pools, gyms and sports halls with GP drop-in centres, libraries and police services, to create a one-stop-shop for public services.

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World Mental Health Day 2017: Time to Focus on an Active Future

World Mental Health Day 2017: Time to Focus on an Active Future

Posted on: 10 October 2017 by Jack Shakespeare Email: Jack Shakespeare

The health of children and young people in the UK is falling behind that of many other European countries, with today’s young people the least active generation ever. This is having a serious knock-on effect in terms of mental health issues. Mental health problems affect approximately one in 10 children and young people; this includes anxiety, depression and conduct disorder.

The importance of this agenda is why we – not-for-profit health body ukactive and leading young people’s charity The Mix – are working together and make this joint call to all political parties to pledge greater focus on both the physical and mental wellbeing of our young people. It’s time to stop playing politics with the health of our nation’s children.

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How Sport & Physical Activity Turned My Life Around

How Sport & Physical Activity Turned My Life Around

Posted on: 29 September 2017

 

By Paralympic GB Athlete David Smith MBE

There is no doubt that physical activity has played a crucial role in my survival. After having three tumours and strokes, it has given me the strength to deal with some of the toughest fights I've ever had to face. Being involved in sport has given me opportunities beyond my wildest dreams.

 

 

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What Fitness Means to Me

What Fitness Means to Me

Posted on: 29 September 2017

By Participation Director at the Lawn Tennis Association, Alastair Marks 

Sport is an important part of my family life, work life and it encompasses all of my time in a really positive way. At the weekend I coach my children’s local football team, which gives me a huge sense of enjoyment and pride. 

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We look forward to continuing to work closely with CIMSPA

We look forward to continuing to work closely with CIMSPA

Posted on: 28 September 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

The recent news regarding Sport England’s funding support for CIMSPA is very positive and encouraging. CIMSPA has worked closely with its partners to develop a professional workforce strategy that provides clear career pathways for individuals to enter and progress within the physical activity sector and this funding commitment provides a significant opportunity for the chartered institute to gain momentum and further develop this essential activity.

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Get Yourself Active this European Week of Sport!

Get Yourself Active this European Week of Sport!

Posted on: 27 September 2017

By Disability Rights UK Project Manager Leanne Wightman 

Under 18% of disabled people are active compared to just under 40% of their non-disabled peers, so what stops people? Disabled people have told us that the main barrier to getting active is around knowledge. Not only knowledge of what activities are available in the local area but also whether they will be welcomed and supported by the people running the activity and other participants.

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Activity: a prescription for loneliness

Activity: a prescription for loneliness

Posted on: 07 September 2017 by Georgia Seabrook Email: Georgia Seabrook

To some, the events on 31st July at Hadleigh Park may have been a strange sight to behold; there were older adults taking part in egg and spoon races, team relays with some precarious bean bag balancing, and a few teary-eyed speeches. For the Let’s Get Moving participants involved, the party was a bittersweet farewell to a group that has given rise to far more than they could’ve expected.

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We are proud to be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards

We are proud to be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards

Posted on: 25 August 2017

We are proud to once again be working in partnership with ukactive to deliver this year’s Active Training Awards. These awards were established to recognise and champion training and development opportunities provided by employers, training providers, suppliers and teams within the physical activity sector. 

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Are we doing enough to maximise revenue from the pool?

Are we doing enough to maximise revenue from the pool?

Posted on: 24 August 2017

When you’re in the business of fitness, you’ll know there are ebbs and flows when it comes to revenue. Many traditional exercise formats have marched on, changing with the times, trends and technologies. However, there is one revenue stream that is often overlooked – the swimming pool. The way in which water has been used to generate revenue has – until recently – remained largely unchanged. For this reason, many operators are not yet aware of the possibilities.

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Government needs to take physical activity seriously

Government needs to take physical activity seriously

Posted on: 21 August 2017 by Huw Edwards Email: Huw Edwards

Just before the General Election in June, Sky Sport News did a very effective investigation into the big sporting issues that were being debated, asking whether the political parties really cared about the agenda. Alongside a number of views from the general public that focused on the importance of physical activity amongst children and young people, there were a couple of vox pops from seasoned Westminster parliamentarians who commented that “it’s very difficult for sport to get a look in when you’ve got big issues such as the future the of the NHS, social care crisis, youth crime, mental health.”  Such a statement reinforced – for many – the fact that sport and physical activity remains placed in a box in Westminster entitled ‘DCMS’ from which it shouldn’t stray and look to influence other issues which aren’t its business. The grown up stuff.

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‘Fitprofessionals: using the power of influencing to educate’

‘Fitprofessionals: using the power of influencing to educate’

Posted on: 18 August 2017 by Ade Lawal Email: Ade Lawal LinkedIn

Here at ukactive, we strive to work with members, partners, sponsors and organisations we’ve built trust with, those who align with the ukactive mantra of more people, more active, more oftenand lastly, those who comply and operate under the ukactive Raising Standards policy.

The ukactive member policy focuses on our members and their aim of getting the nation more active. Our mission can only be achieved by working collaboratively whilst maintaining the highest level of safety, services and consumer care.

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How can the tech revolution be turned on its head to get us moving again?

How can the tech revolution be turned on its head to get us moving again?

Posted on: 18 August 2017 by Sinead Daly Email: Sinead Daly

We are now more focused than ever on having the right balance in our lives and taking care of our overall wellbeing. Yet, physical inactivity is the world’s fourth biggest killer, with 1 in 6 dying prematurely - through doing absolutely nothing. Can technology solve this global epidemic? 

While having some measured success among early adopters, technology has struggled to convert the masses to get active. In fact, when relating to fitness, technology is seen as a toxic influence that has our children glued to their screens and their parents tapping away at takeaway apps from the comfort of their sofas. 

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Misplaced priorities? Physical activity should be the backbone of the skills agenda

Misplaced priorities? Physical activity should be the backbone of the skills agenda

Posted on: 15 August 2017 by Jon Hulks Email: Jon Hulks Twitter LinkedIn

The UK’s longstanding ‘productivity gap’ and its impact on economic growth has been a headache for multiple Chancellors of the Exchequer for nearly a decade - trying to pin down why a German worker can do something in four days that takes a UK worker five, and more importantly, what a government can do about it.

What’s more, it’s a problem that’s recently been compounded by the vote to leave the EU.  Protecting the UK’s economic wellbeing, with the prospect of fewer (or more complicated) trade opportunities shot to the top of the list of priorities for Theresa May’s incoming government, and supporting UK workers to produce more, in a shorter amount of time, is one of the key areas they chose to address

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An evolving sector that recognises its place in the world

An evolving sector that recognises its place in the world

Posted on: 14 August 2017 by Geremy Sagoe Email: Geremy Sagoe

In the last decade the physical activity sector has taken major strides to change its image. It’s gone from a sector associated (perhaps unfairly) with burly body builders and inflexible gym contracts, to an industry leading the fight against unhealthy lifestyles and supporting the work of government and business with a focus on data-driven decisions, innovation and most importantly putting its consumers - the public - first.

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Making physical activity the obvious choice

Making physical activity the obvious choice

Posted on: 11 August 2017 by Emma Giaretto Email: Emma Giaretto

More people, more active, more often. I have yet to meet anyone who disagrees with this objective. Then what is blocking us from turning this vision into reality? Everyone knows that physical activity is good for them and that we’re all better off being physically active yet we’re still not convinced and finding motivation can be hard.

Why bother taking the stairs when the lift is closer? Why walk somewhere when the bus takes half the time? Most times physical activity seems like a complicated option when compared to the multitude of alternatives our environment offers.

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Turning mental health words into actions

Turning mental health words into actions

Posted on: 10 August 2017 by Jak Phillips

It used to be the topic that no one would discuss. Now, it seems everyone’s talking about it. But are we any closer to finding the answers to Britain’s mounting mental health crisis?

According to media intelligence agency Roxhill Media, 2016 was the year when mental health finally went mainstream, accounting for 15.4 per cent of healthcare-related press coverage (more than cancer, at 11.4 per cent).

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Is physical activity the ultimate second chance?

Is physical activity the ultimate second chance?

Posted on: 08 August 2017 by Luke Holland Email: Luke Holland

There’s an old cliché in the boxing world – the star who pulled himself out of a troubled youth to become a champion. Anthony Joshua and George Foreman are just two of many boxers who overcame troubled pasts with the influence of boxing. Is it that those with tough backgrounds make better boxers? Or is it that the rigours and discipline of boxing training help mould minds and keep energetic youths out of trouble? I suspect a little bit of both.

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What is the real value of leading an active life?

What is the real value of leading an active life?

Posted on: 07 August 2017 by Jade Hall Email: Jade Hall

As a nation, we are confronted with a multitude of social challenges. Pressing questions face us, such as how we can bridge divides and unite fractured communities? How do we build a future for the next generation? How do we reintegrate ex-offenders back into society? These are complex questions, which require an urgent response, and I believe that part of that answer could lie within our sector. 

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Together we aim to make ‘more people, more informed, more qualified’.

Together we aim to make ‘more people, more informed, more qualified’.

Posted on: 27 July 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

On the 28th June, Active IQ won the coveted accolade of ‘Supplier of the Year’ at the ukactive Flame Awards 2017. The award celebrates and recognises an industry supplier which enables more people to get active by understanding clients’ needs, and demonstrating excellence in customer satisfaction and loyalty.

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We need stability, consistency and continuity, as workforce development organisations navigate their way through the education reforms

We need stability, consistency and continuity, as workforce development organisations navigate their way through the education reforms

Posted on: 26 June 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

Now that the dust has settled in the aftermath of the recent General Election, we watch and wait with interest to see how the new Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills adjusts to her new role, following the departure of Robert Halfon.

This ministerial change comes in the midst of significant education reform, including the recent implementation of the Apprenticeship Levy, the transition from Apprenticeship Frameworks to Apprenticeship Standards and the launch of the Post-16 Skills Plan. 

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