21 March 2017
Leaders of the physical activity sector met with MPs and Peers last night (20th March) at ukactive’s annual Parliamentary reception as part of the not-for-profit’s ongoing mission to drive the physical agenda in the heart of Westminster.
The MYZONE-sponsored political event – one of the highlights of the physical activity sector calendar - brought ukactive members and partners together with nearly 50 leading Parliamentarians for an exclusive evening of networking and discussion.
16 March 2017
Imoves overcame fierce competition from some of the physical activity sector’s hottest startups to be named inaugural winner of ukactive’s innovation accelerator programme ActiveLab.
Imoves, a digital teaching platform to help get schools active, prevailed in a battle of the 12 ActiveLab finalists, which saw each startup take to the stage to deliver a one-minute elevator pitch on the potential of their business to revolutionise the way we move. Imoves scooped the top prize of a premium accelerator toolkit worth more than £25,000 after winning over the judging panel and votes from the live audience.
08 March 2017
ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward has branded Chancellor Philip Hammond’s Spring Budget as a “missed opportunity” for the government to demonstrate its commitment to tackling the nation’s physical inactivity crisis by investing in sector talent.
Hammond today confirmed a shake-up vocational and technical education in England which outlines a new framework for further education, and specifies 15 core areas of employment which the framework will deliver.
07 March 2017
ukactive has confirmed a blockbuster line-up of expert speakers and sessions for ActiveLab Live! – the new one-day event exploring innovative solutions to the world’s mounting physical inactivity crisis.
Taking place at The Crystal in London on 15 March, ActiveLab Live! will focus on the future of the physical activity sector and features some of the leading lights from the fields of gaming, fitness and technology. The expanding role of digital technology in the UK will be explored and explained by Tech City UK Chief Operating Officer MB Christie. Meanwhile, James Millar from Mass Challenge will outline how established large companies can collaborate with disruptive new startups to adapt to the fast-changing business landscape.
03 March 2017
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has called for an urgent rethink of England’s “archaic” town planning laws which are blocking fitness studios from boosting physical activity on the country’s high streets.
The Chair of not-for-profit health body ukactive wants to see a radical overhaul of planning regulations to make it easier for fitness businesses to have a positive health impact on England’s unhealthy high streets, which she said are “drowning in a sea of betting shops, fried chicken joints and empty shop windows.”
22 February 2017
ukactive has announced a raft of new speakers and the launch of a new app for its new boutique fitness event Sweat, which takes place on 2 March at The Warehouse Studio Space in east London.
The UK’s boutique fitness market has come alive in the past decade, driven by the trend of consumers becoming increasingly selective and tribal about their fitness choices. Sweat will spotlight the rapidly-developing boutique landscape through a lively day of insight, debate and keynotes from some of the sector’s shining stars.
13 February 2017
ukactive has staged a key intervention to save UK gym operators thousands of pounds in the face of new legislation around the use of video content on commercial premises.
The physical activity sector body has led successful discussions with licensing authorities to substantially reduce the cost to gyms as a result of these new changes, as well as delaying their implementation.
Following recent changes in legislation, health club operators which show TV and film content on their premises were facing significant charges for the use of this content – under a similar model to how PPL and PRS are paid for music licensing.