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ukactive responds to the Government's call for snap general election

ukactive responds to the Government's call for snap general election

18 April 2017

ukactive Chair Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson responds to the Government's call for a snap general election: 

Every general election is an important moment for the country, providing a snapshot of where we are as a nation and where we want to go. Given its significance, we recognise that Brexit will no doubt dominate the campaign, but it mustn't suffocate the debate completely.

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1 in 5 children miss out on school PE

1 in 5 children miss out on school PE

19 December 2016

Leading not-for-profit health body ukactive is calling for an urgent overhaul of physical activity delivery in schools after new data showed 1 in 5 children missing out on school PE. 

The Health Survey for England 2015 revealed 21 per cent of 5-15-year olds did no form of exercise at school in the past week, prompting calls for a major intervention to tackle the country’s growing inactivity crisis. 

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Landmark research project to shine light on solutions to inactivity crisis

Landmark research project to shine light on solutions to inactivity crisis

21 November 2016

ukactive Research Institute to partner National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine and Public Health England on Promising Practice 2

The ukactive Research Institute has today (21 November) launched a major new research project to identify 'what works' for getting people more active.

With Britain's physical inactivity epidemic costing £20bn each year and causing 37,000 deaths, Promising Practice 2 aims to identify and stimulate scalable solutions to one of society's biggest challenges.

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LeadAbility programme to inspire new generation of disabled leaders

LeadAbility programme to inspire new generation of disabled leaders

27 October 2016

Pioneering initiative to address representation discrepancies with merit-based scholarships for brightest and best

Not-for-profit health body ukactive has launched a new scholarship initiative designed to help fast-track talented disabled people into senior leadership positions across the physical activity sector.

The Matrix LeadAbility Scholarship Programme, which will be sponsored by Matrix Fitness and co-ordinated by ukactive in conjunction with Aspire, seeks to proactively address the under-representation of disabled people in senior leadership positions.

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Fitness sector primed for substantial growth: ukactive report

Fitness sector primed for substantial growth: ukactive report

17 October 2016

Consumer thirst for fitness will see gym sector become ‘shining star’ of post-Brexit economy

The value of the UK gym sector is set to increase by £1.1bn in 2016, driven by a hive of investment activity amid growing consumer appetite for fitness, according to a new financial report from non-profit health body ukactive.

Released today (18th October), The Rise of the Activity Sector report spotlights the UK’s fast-changing fitness landscape and predicts it to grow by 17 per cent in 2016. Valuation specialist Mazars and sponsorship experts Nielsen Sports conducted analyses for the report, which estimates the gym sector will be worth £7.7bn by the end of 2016 (up from £6.6bn last year) as investors are enticed by the sector’s strong growth prospects.

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Startup accelerator to unearth UK’s first health and fitness unicorn

Startup accelerator to unearth UK’s first health and fitness unicorn

17 October 2016

Fast-track programme aims to revolutionise the way we get active

Not-for-profit health body ukactive has today (18th October) announced the launch of ActiveLab – a new accelerator to inspire active lifestyles by matching startups with the leading lights of business and physical activity.

With the physical inactivity epidemic costing the UK £20bn each year and causing 37,000 deaths, ActiveLab aims to stimulate scalable solutions to one of society’s biggest challenges. Developments in data, social media, virtual reality and wearable tech are having a major impact on the physical activity landscape and ActiveLab will augment these new opportunities to produce pioneering health solutions.

Ambitious product and service-based startups are encouraged to join the programme, which will identify and nurture truly innovative products and services that will shape the future of the health and physical activity sector. The 12-week programme aims to unearth innovative concepts that can revolutionise health and fitness, following in the vein of global success stories such as Fitbit and MYZONE.

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ukactive to lead research into exercise referrals

ukactive to lead research into exercise referrals

07 October 2016

A bold new project is being undertaken by the ukactive Research Institute to establish the extent to which exercise referrals can change behaviour and increase physical activity. ukactive is now calling on operators of exercise referral schemes to aid the three-year research initiative.

The project, a first for the industry, is a partnership between ukactive and exercise referral software and public health specialist, ReferAll.  The goal is to create a pool of solid evidence from exercise referral schemes across the UK that can be used to engage with bodies such as Sport England and Public Health England in facilitating a nationwide rollout.

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ukactive unveils finalists for expanded Active Training Awards 2016

ukactive unveils finalists for expanded Active Training Awards 2016

06 October 2016

Enlarged event to spotlight innovation, transforming workplace culture and key opportunities for the sector

ukactive today announced the finalists for the Active Training Awards 2016, which will this year be expanded to a full-scale conference with lively debates and keynotes on some of the sector's hottest topics.

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Time to break up the boys’ club in sport and activity

Time to break up the boys’ club in sport and activity

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.

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ukactive to drive government strategy for healthy leisure venues

ukactive to drive government strategy for healthy leisure venues

03 October 2016

ukactive is to embark on a major new initiative to help leisure venues offer a healthier food and drink options as part of the government's new Chilhood Obesity Strategy

The not-for-profit health body for the physical activity sector has been tasked by the Department of Health with exploring ways to provide and promote healthy options and restrict the sale of unhealthy food and drink in line with new government standards.

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