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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
‘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.’
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.
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.
'On Your Feet Britain' taking a stand to get 500,000 office workers sit less and move more in the workplace
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.
Have you thought about what digitalisation means for your company? What kind of impact will it have on your business, your industry, and your customers? Will it pose a threat of disruption or offer an opportunity to leapfrog the competition? These questions do not only need answers, they need a strategy - an innovative strategy aimed at transforming your business to ensure its short and long term success in a world where everybody and everything is connected.
Recently we talked about the emergence of new technology, virtual reality and what the future holds for the fitness sector, but yet to mention platforms already making huge strides for beauty professionals, health bloggers, personal trainers and now; brands and organisations who deem it a fantastic marketing tool.
This Easter, children in the UK are more likely to spend hours playing Candy Crush than they are to run around on an Easter Egg Hunt.
Whether you think that's a real shame or you're of the opinion that we're at the forefront of an exciting new world of technological brilliance, it's a fact.
At Flame 2016, keynote speaker Stefan Hyttfors, will explore whether the sector is ready to take ‘the jump’
We spoke to Stefan about his thoughts on physical activity...
Steffan Hyttfors is a leading Futurist, who works to study change and inspire as many as possible to embrace it. Stefan's career has taken many turns, from starting out as a photo journalist, setting up an award winning PR agency in a big shiny building, to becoming a leadership consultant to global businesses including Nike, Toyota, Unilever, IKEA, IBM, AstraZeneca, HP, Eon and PwC. Stefan's Flame session will look at how we will undoubtedly face disruptive change, no matter how we feel about it.
Yesterday's budget saw George Osborne introduce a levy on sugary drinks companies, with the resulting revenue funnelled toward school sport in an effort to make headway against childhood obesity and inactivity.
George usually has a trick or two up his sleeve, but it's fair to say that most people didn't see this one coming.
The sector is full of great talent. From the gym floor, to the sales floor, to the boardroom, there are some fantastic people working in our business. Anyone with the right attitude, a good brain and a solid helping of common sense can make it all the way, it's one of the reasons that make this sector a great place to work, but there is still the notion that you need to do it yourself and forge your own path.
In the United Kingdom, 13.7% or 1 in every 8 people are members of gym. This is an all-time high for the industry. The 2015 State of the UK Fitness Industry Report reveals that the UK health and fitness industry is in good health, it has more clubs, more members and a greater market value than ever before.
The UK is without doubt a nation of proud people owning the fifth largest economy in the world; however despite this latest figures show that nearly 2/3 of men and women in the UK are obese or overweight when compare to other countries, why?
Steve Franks, Managing Director of Water Babies, discusses Water Babies' venture in China, how they are in some ways miles ahead of the UK in terms of the priority they give to early years development and how this might be down to a one-child policy which has meant early-years development has been top of its cultural agenda.
Reflecting on the Active Training Awards, SCL Education Group CEO, and co-founder, Lewis Field explores the impact young people can make and how best to harness their energy to drive the sector forward.