11 February 2017
Steven Ward, ukactive Executive Director, said: “We’ve reached the tipping point with our parks and this report should serve as an urgent wake-up call if we are to save some of our most valuable assets when we have never needed them more.
“Parks are open to all sections of society and have a fundamental role to play in overcoming our cradle to grave physical inactivity crisis that will claim 37,000 lives this year and cost the UK £20bn.
10 February 2017
‘The Truth About Exercise’ aired last night on ITV, comprehensively highlighting the ‘miracle’ benefits of exercise for all ages, from cradle to grave.
The show combined case studies with expert comment and featured a number of ukactive partners, all playing their role in getting Britain more active: Nuffield Health, Premier Sport, MoreLife, LiveWire and Leeds Beckett University's Carnegie School of Sport.
08 February 2017
ukactive has announced four new appointments, as the not-for-profit health body bolsters its senior team ahead of a concerted push to drive forward the physical activity sector in 2017.
Jack Shakespeare, Joe Robinson, Steve Scales and Lara Lill have all filled vacancies at ukactive in the past two months, arriving with a diverse set of skills to significantly strengthen various areas of the organisation.
31 January 2017
Leading lights from the worlds of fitness, technology, business and health will join forces in London this March for ActiveLab Live! – a one-day event exploring innovative solutions to the world’s mounting physical inactivity crisis.
As the fourth biggest killer globally, physical inactivity is one of the most pressing issues of modern time and a major priority for governments, businesses and pioneers. As a result, not-for-profit health body ukactive has created ActiveLab Live! to serve as the global launchpad for innovation that will revolutionise the way we move.
Taking place at The Crystal in London on 15 March, the event will combine thought-provoking keynotes and panel discussions with interactive workshops and demonstrations from some of the physical activity sector’s hottest startups.
Listen: ukactive Executive Director Steven Ward answers questions on the burgeoning role of digital in the fitness world
27 January 2017
Executive Director Steven Ward recently spoke to FitConnect’s Jamie Ward; talking through his thoughts on physical activity sector, with a particular focus on the part digital will play in the future of fitness. In a wide-ranging 30 minute interview, Steven speaks about the challenges and opportunities facing fitness operators, the ActiveLab start-up accelerator program and how one can measure ‘digital success’ within the sector.
26 January 2017
ukactive has today (26 January) unveiled details of a dynamic new event designed to fuel the fire of Britain’s red-hot boutique fitness sector.
Sweat, which takes place on 2 March at The Warehouse Studio Space in east London, is a one-day workshop aimed at educating and empowering all those engaged in this rapidly-developing sector.
Inspired by boutique pioneers in New York and Los Angeles, boutique fitness studios have taken London by storm in recent years and have been among the physical activity sector’s biggest areas of growth since the recession. And with operators like Barrecore and TRIB3 now taking boutique fitness beyond the M25, there is every indication this sector can become a nationwide success story.
Through Sweat, ukactive is bringing together influencers, entrepreneurs and business owners from around the country for networking, lively discussion and expert insight on taking boutique businesses to the next level. Who will emerge as the UK's answer to SoulCycle? Can big established operators effectively execute a boutique model? How big could the boutique sector grow? These are the big questions up for discussion at Sweat.
20 January 2017
ukactive has announced an enhanced format for Future Leaders 2017, the learning and development programme designed to equip the next generation of physical activity sector executives with the tools to drive a new era of growth.
Building on the success of last year’s inaugural course, the week-long leadership programme will once again return to Barcelona’s world-leading IESE Business School in July 2017, with several instalments in the pipeline.
The course has been tailored to the specific needs of physical activity sector operators and suppliers, providing participants with the broad set of skills required to inspire colleagues and develop solutions to real-world commercial challenges.