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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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General Election 2017 - assessment and next steps

General Election 2017 - assessment and next steps

Posted on: 12 June 2017 by Huw Edwards Email: Huw Edwards

There’s a chance that there may be a repeat of this commentary at some point, so I apologise now. The full outcome of the June 8th General Election is still being understood, with the impact of no party achieving an overall majority – delivering a hung parliament – still being digested. But many commentators already feel that a second election within the next few months is a genuine possibility, and one within the next 12/18 months almost inevitable.  Almost all of us (with the exception of the political junkies) would unleash a primal scream if we were faced with another vote in the near future.  The consensus would no doubt be that it would be great to have a period of government, and for our elected representatives to start addressing some of the significant economic and social issues facing the UK.

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To be truly inclusive our sector must do more to embrace disabled people

To be truly inclusive our sector must do more to embrace disabled people

Posted on: 12 June 2017 by Jade Hall Email: Jade Hall

There are over 10 million disabled people in England, accounting for 18 per cent of the population. Yet, disabled people can face a vast number of psychological, logistical and physical barriers to getting physically active.

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Want to get children moving? Let them take the lead

Want to get children moving? Let them take the lead

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

Kids aren’t moving enough. Britain’s children today are the most inactive generation ever, where the fittest child in a class today would be among the least fit twenty years ago. The health risks of childhood inactivity are well documented and oft-repeated – I’ve counted seven articles in the past week alone – yet things seem to trundle on the same.

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Promoting positive mental health – getting a-‘head’ of the game

Promoting positive mental health – getting a-‘head’ of the game

Posted on: 08 June 2017 by Ade Lawal Email: Ade Lawal LinkedIn

From an early age, I was always told the many benefits of protecting the mind. Thinking about it now, I can hear the incessant echo of the phrase ‘there’s a thin line between sanity and insanity’ in the back of my head. I was always told to speak up, say what was on my mind and not develop a habit of keeping things bottled up, as doing so has harrowing repercussions. Whatever the issue was, it was ok to say.

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Keeping data secure should become a priority for the physical activity sector

Keeping data secure should become a priority for the physical activity sector

Posted on: 05 June 2017 by Geremy Sagoe Email: Geremy Sagoe

Barely a month goes by without the news of a data breach affecting governments, businesses or individuals - with once alien terms like ‘malware’, ‘phishing’ and ‘ransomware’ increasingly entering the public consciousness. Data insecurity is a major threat to all of us – from the recent NHS hacking scandal that saw thousands of operations and appointments cancelled to major data breaches of big-name companies.  Both telecoms giant TalkTalk and pay day loans stalwart Wonga paid the price with damage to their share prices and reputation. Across industries and sectors – agility and forward planning are important in keeping your data secure and your customers confident. The physical activity sector, like many others, must ensure it is on the front foot in this colossal battle.

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The Change Game

The Change Game

Posted on: 02 June 2017 by Jak Phillips

It’s seven months since I first cracked open the books to begin studying for my Level 3 personal trainer qualification with Future Fit Training and I’m gaining a greater appreciation for Christopher Hitchens’ genius by the day.

“The measure of a good education is that you acquire some idea of the extent of your ignorance,” the legendary contrarian once quipped, and I’m finding him to be proved more correct with every passing module.

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It is of paramount importance that the system ensures chances to deliver the “asks” of the employers they seek to serve

It is of paramount importance that the system ensures chances to deliver the “asks” of the employers they seek to serve

Posted on: 24 May 2017

The Institute for Apprenticeships (the IfA) has announced the chairs of its 15 route panels. They include figures from industry and education, and are designed to lead the development of standards of knowledge, skills and behaviours needed by employers for every occupation in England. For Active IQ, the chairs for “Health and Science” – Kirk Lower (Health Education England) and “Childcare and Education” – Sir Nick Weller (executive principal, Dixons City Academy, Bradford) are of particular significance.

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Keeping on top of your business finances – accounting dates to remember

Posted on: 03 May 2017

By KPMG Small Business Accounting

As a gym or leisure club owner, keeping your business above water means retaining a firm hold on your finances. Despite all the other things you may have to think about - staff recruitment, equipment, member retention and supplier management to name a few - there are also a number accounting requirements and dates you must be aware of.

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Further clarification on the Apprenticeship Levy is required for sector employers navigating the new system

Further clarification on the Apprenticeship Levy is required for sector employers navigating the new system

Posted on: 27 April 2017

By Jenny Patrickson, Managing Director, Active IQ

The Apprenticeship Levy is now up and running!  It came into effect on April 6th and therefore any business with a pay bill of £3 million or more is required to spend 0.5% of their total pay bill on apprenticeship training moving forwards.  

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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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