ukactive's new charity partner is Anthony Nolan; a pioneering charity that saves the lives of people with blood cancer. Every 20 minutes, someone in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer and for thousands of people a blood stem cell transplant is their only hope of survival. A stem cell transplant is a treatment to try to cure blood cancers and disorders like leukaemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Anthony Nolan uses its donor register to find transplant donors for people with blood cancer; facilitating over 1,200 transplants every year.
Take a trip back to early 2012 and the physical activity agenda within a local authority would have looked very different. Sport development and the local sports centre would have played a part, but public health and getting more people, more active, more often may not have played as important a role.
What does Osborne's budget mean for the active leisure sector?
Public Health cuts and a 'pay rise for Britain' were the key points from George Osborne's budget last week. Although the pros and cons of both of these big decisions continue to be debated, ukactive's policy team has taken a closer look at the financial details hiding in Gideon's red briefcase.
The fitness industry is "broken." It's a model that we shouldn't "believe in anymore." The mainstream operators, which drove its growth, "aren't focused at all on the customer experience... It's an outdated model: you're locked into expensive direct debits; meanwhile, many don't even offer towels for free."
When we talk about the tide of inactivity in the UK, we often speak of inactive people. An increasing number of people of all ages and backgrounds are now living sedentary lives and our children are the least active generation in history. Our mission at ukactive is to reverse this tide of inactivity and our Let's Get Moving (LGM) programme is one of our flagship ways of delivering on this mission. Set up with the backing of a range of partners such as Sport England, Nesta and a spreading range of local authorities, the programme is changing lives across the country.
A Conservative majority need not mean the rollback of public sector funding for activity, writes External Affairs Manager Stan Jackson
David Cameron would have been as surprised as the rest of us to wake up on the morning of Friday 8th May to learn he'd be leading the first Tory majority government for a generation.
Nothing is more important than ensuring our children have a healthy and happy start to life.
Instilling good habits, values and routines from an early age can set children on the right pathway, giving them the tools and the chances to thrive into adulthood. Nowhere is this truer than with a positive association to movement.