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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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It’s National Baby Swimming Week - ten good reasons why families should join in the splash!

It’s National Baby Swimming Week - ten good reasons why families should join in the splash!

Posted on: 31 October 2016

It's National Baby Swimming Week - ten good reasons why families should join in the splash! 

by Group Managing Director Water Babies, Steve Franks 

Everyone at Water Babies is very proud to launch the nation's first-ever National Baby Swimming Week, running from Monday 31 October. Swimming could potentially save your child's life one day. That's why we urge mums and dads to take their little ones to their nearest swimming class for some fun family time, as well as enjoying a wide range of health benefits along the way.

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Time to break up the boys’ club in sport and activity

Time to break up the boys’ club in sport and activity

Posted on: 04 October 2016

Time to break up the boys’ club in sport and activity 

by ukactive Chair Tanni Grey-Thompson

Women’s Sport Week kicked off this week and it’s a timely opportunity to talk about the roles of women in sport.

There is a substantial gender disparity when we look at the number of women working in sport. For almost half of publicly funded national governing bodies, less than a quarter of their Board are women. Women make up only 18 per cent of qualified coaches and 9 per cent of senior coaches. This lack of representation seems to trickle through to the most basic levels; 1.9 million fewer women than men participate in sport on a regular basis.

This sporting disparity is something that Women’s Sport Week seeks to combat. Now in its second year, Women’s Sports Week is co-ordinated by leading charity Women in Sport, working with major broadcasters such as Sky Sports and BBC Sport, as well as the Department of Media, Culture, and Sport. The week (3-9 October) will celebrate and showcase women’s sport at every level, from the grassroots to the elite, and will highlight the incredible contribution that women make to sport.

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What does it really take to get more people more active?

What does it really take to get more people more active?

Posted on: 04 October 2016

It's a simple question, with a seemingly very complex set of answers.

It’s a topic perennially discussed in sports clubs, boardrooms and policy meetings up and down the country.  It’s also incredibly important for our nation’s health, happiness and wellbeing. 

But what are the answers?  Is it all a case of too much talk and not enough action?

To find out more, The Playbook brought together a panel of sporting experts led by Minister for Sport, Tracey Crouch MP, at the Hospital Club in central London to discuss the subject. The breadth of content debated could fill a thesis but to highlight some of the many topics discussed, we have pulled together five central themes that best begin to tackle the question.

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Navigating the youth activity landscape

Navigating the youth activity landscape

Posted on: 30 September 2016

Children and young people are the future. It’s a statement so self-evidencing as to be almost glib, but it’s also a reality that those of us responsible for raising the levels of activity across the nation must be constantly conscious of.

It’s also an important consideration when we think about the role of organisations in promoting and delivering physical activity in London (and, indeed, nationwide). Most of us within the sector know the benefits of being physically active. We know them as clearly as the alphabet or the times table: it’s not even something we have to actively think about.

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5 Days until National Fitness Day: My passion for fitness

5 Days until National Fitness Day: My passion for fitness

Posted on: 02 September 2016

My passion for fitness

To say physical activity is an important part of my day would probably be a bit of an under – statement and I am probably slightly on the obsessive side (or as my husband would say “delete probably, insert definitely, delete slightly, insert definitely again”).

I have always been active – from playing sport at school, to choosing my university partly based on sport (as well as academic excellence of course!). I then joined the army because I didn’t want what I perceived at the time as a regular (inactive) office job - so perhaps it is no surprise that I now find myself working in sport as the CEO at the Sport and Recreation Alliance.

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Enter The Active Training Awards

Posted on: 19 August 2016

Enter the Active Training Awards

How to write an award-winning application

The Active Training Awards celebrate exceptional performance and commitment in the physical activity sector, specifically that of vocational education, training and development.

Enter these rapidly expanding awards to gain brand exposure and national recognition for excellence amongst this key market. Need inspiration before submitting your entry? See our top five tips to writing an award winning entry to this year's awards. 

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Pokemon Go – the accidental fitness revolution

Posted on: 13 July 2016 by Stan Jackson Email: Stan Jackson Twitter LinkedIn

What inspires a 25-year-old couch potato to move more?

That's the £20bn-a-year question that the physical activity sector tries to answer every single day.

We've tried it all: From multi-million-pound public health campaigns and branded CSR projects to clever marketing promos from gyms and leisure centres. And they have all had their impact. But, perhaps none of the above has held quite the lure of visiting your local park at 2am to bag yourself a Pidgey.

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Partnerships are the key to getting the nation moving more

Partnerships are the key to getting the nation moving more

Posted on: 01 July 2016 by Steven Ward Email: Steven Ward Twitter LinkedIn

‘Next week, ukactive and the Sport and Recreation Alliance will be launching Physical Activity and Health: Working Together to Get the Nation Moving – a new joint resource for our members to help them get to grips with the Health system in the UK and navigate the sometimes complex commissioning process.

In this blog ukactive Executive Director, Steven Ward, and Sport and Recreation Alliance Emma Boggis discuss how building partnerships and working together is key to getting the nation moving.’

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Our female leaders must inspire the nation to get active, from the top

Our female leaders must inspire the nation to get active, from the top

Posted on: 12 May 2016 by Geraldine Tuck Email: Geraldine Tuck Twitter LinkedIn

Women account for 4% of CEO's in the world's 500 top companies.

Yet, globally women fill 40% of mid-level senior and director level roles. So what's gone wrong? The gender-gap is still very much at the forefront of every sector and every country, and the physical activity sector is no different.

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Future Leaders: Join us on Campus this July

Future Leaders:  Join us on Campus this July

Posted on: 22 April 2016 by Christina Edscer Email: Christina Edscer Twitter LinkedIn

Future Leaders is simply the best thing you can do for your career and your business. That's how I felt after visiting the IESE institute in Barcelona last week. Meeting the professors, seeing the campus; it gave me the sense that this was a truly phenomenal opportunity for anyone involved with our sector.

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'On Your Feet Britain' taking a stand to get 500,000 office workers sit less and move more in the workplace

'On Your Feet Britain' taking a stand to get 500,000 office workers sit less and move more in the workplace

Posted on: 12 April 2016 by Gavin Bradley Facebook Twitter LinkedIn

The average UK office worker sits 10 hours each day, with almost 70% of sitting taking place at work and 73 per cent only leaving their desk for toilet or tea breaks, according to a shocking new study. Growing scientific evidence continues to draw our attention to multiple health risks (including cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers and mental health) associated with excessive and prolonged sitting.

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