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School summer holidays driving ‘Victorian-era’ health inequalities among children

11 July 2017

School summer holidays are opening up a major class divide between the fitness levels of deprived children and their more affluent peers due to a lack of affordable physical activity offerings, new research from ukactive has revealed.

The findings – which were presented at the annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) in Germany last week (5th July) – show how the poorest 25 per cent of primary school children experience a drop in their fitness levels 18 times greater than the richest 25 per cent over the school summer holiday.

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Physical activity sector stars celebrated at Flame Awards 2017

Physical activity sector stars celebrated at Flame Awards 2017

28 June 2017

The leading lights of the physical activity sector were honoured last night (28 June) at a glittering awards ceremony in Telford’s International Conference Centre to cap off Flame 2017.  

The 15 winners of the most prestigious accolades in the physical activity sector overcame tough competition in each of their categories to go home with their gongs.

The ceremony - in front of an audience of more than 800 sector-leaders - concluded months of rigorous assessment for the hundreds of entrants. Several stages of evaluation took place to finally select winners, including customer insight surveys, mystery calls, visits and on-site customer interviews.

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Shopworks targets physical activity expansion with ukactive strategic partnership

Shopworks targets physical activity expansion with ukactive strategic partnership

20 June 2017

Not-for-profit health body ukactive has entered into a strategic partnership with bespoke workforce management supplier Shopworks to support the London-based firm’s expansion in the physical activity sector.

Shopworks provides a tailored staff-scheduling platform for retail, hospitality and leisure companies available as Software as a Service (SAAS). The firm, in operation since 2009, is quickly growing in the physical activity sector, offering services such as staff scheduling, compliance, budgeting and training to clients including 1Life, Halo and Educogym.

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Flame Speaker Maxine de Brunner urges the physical activity sector to continue to modernise and diversify

Flame Speaker Maxine de Brunner urges the physical activity sector to continue to modernise and diversify

14 June 2017

As we head towards the Flame Conference on the 28th June, ukactive have asked several of the top speakers appearing at the event a few questions on the premise of their talks. This week we caught up with former Deputy Assistant Commissioner the Metropolitan Police Maxine de Brunner, who took us through the role of leadership, diversity and continuous modernisation in developing organisations fit to meet future needs.

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ukactive Response to General Election Result

ukactive Response to General Election Result

09 June 2017

ukactive CEO Steven Ward said: “As the dust settles on what has been a remarkable election campaign, there will no doubt be further twists and turns but we will be pushing the case for physical activity at every juncture.

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