Testimonials

"I am delighted to support ukactive as it launches its plans to help embed physical activity into the DNA of our communities by getting more people, more active, more often."
Rt Hon David Cameron MP, Prime Minister

"The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games have given us this country's best ever summer of sport. However, it is vital to deliver on the stated aims of 'inspiring a generation' and bodies like ukactive have a key role to play in making this happen."
Rt Hon
Hugh Robertson MP, Minister for Sport

"I welcome today's announcement regarding the creation of ukactive. Everyone has a role to play tackling the damaging effects of inactive lifestyles. ukactive will bring together a broad spectrum of stakeholders with the common aim of getting more people, more active, more often. I look forward to working with ukactive and its member organisations to promote active lifestyles, to increase participation in sport and physical activity and, ultimately, to deliver improved public health outcomes."
Anna Soubry MP, Minister for Public Health

"Sport England is focused on helping people and communities across the country create a sporting habit for life and we are investing more than £1 billion of National Lottery and Exchequer funding between 2012 and 2017 in community sport to achieve our goals. We work with a wide range of partners to support the 15 million people who play sport every week and to get more people involved. We have already worked with the FIA on a number of projects, for example the Quest for Leisure scheme, business performance benchmarking and spogo - the sport and fitness finder. We look forward to continuing to work with ukactive to help more people become more active."
Richard Lewis, Chair of Sport England

"I am looking forward to working with ukactive to develop the evidence base so we can embed physical activity in all aspects of the work of the NHS." 
Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre for Public Health Excellence, NICE

"2012 has been an incredible year for boxing in the UK. We have a platform to build a lasting legacy of increased participation and the ABAE looks forward to working with ukactive in the years ahead to meet this shared goal. Initiatives such as spogo demonstrate the unique skills and connections that ukactive can bring to the table, and National Governing Bodies are well placed to seize the opportunity it provides to improve the health of the nation by getting more people, more active, more often."
Richard Caborn, Chair of the Amateur Boxing Association of England and former Sports Minister

"Sustrans is the charity that's enabling people to travel by foot, bike or public transport for more of the journeys we make every day. We share with ukactive a mission to help more people become more active more often and we are fully supportive of this rebrand. We look forward to working with the ukactive team in the future."
Malcolm Shepherd, Chief Executive, Sustrans

"The Youth Sport Trust is devoted to changing young people's lives through sport. Supporting them to be physically active is crucial to giving them the best sporting start in life, so we fully support the aims of ukactive to get more people, more active, more often."
John Steele, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Sport Trust

"I have been a member of the FIA for over a decade and a Board member for several years, throughout that time I have seen the organisation grow and support its members to in turn get their local communities more active.

During that time the importance of maintaining a physically active lifestyle has also grown yet unfortunately far too many people are still inactive. We are not talking about running marathons, competing on the football pitch, or even joining a gym rather just taking the first step to get more active. ukactive has recognised the growing need to get the UK moving and has simply re-stated its ambition to work with even more people and organisations to achieve that aim."
Tony Majakas, Technogym, FIA Board Member and Olympic Partner

"Getting involved in sport and physical activity makes such a difference to peoples' lives; and I am delighted to support ukactive as it launches its future plans to get more people, more active, more often. I look forward to working with them to achieve this important goal."
Kate Hoey MP, Mayor of London's Commissioner for Sport

"The Women's Sport & Fitness Foundation and the FIA have built a close working relationship in recent years founded on shared values and goals. Our ambition at WSFF is to create a nation of active women-a big ambition that we cannot achieve on our own. Partnership is key to our success which is why we are delighted to be continuing our close collaboration with ukactive. The fact that Team GB finished 3rd in the Olympic medal tables means little when the UK ranks 3rd in the table of most inactive nations. We look forward to working with ukactive to help get more people, more active, more often."
Sue Tibballs, Chief Executive Officer, Women's Sport and Fitness Foundation.

"As the umbrella organisation for the governing and representative bodies of sport and recreation in the UK, the SRA's members make a significant contribution to getting the nation active. The FIA has a broad reach into the health and physical activity sector and we look forward to working with them, as ukactive, in their mission to get more people, more active, more often."
Tim Lamb, Chief Executive Officer, Sport and Recreation Alliance.

"I am delighted to be a member of ukactive and represent independent fitness clubs on the Board. One of my clubs key objectives, is to engage with the local community, to become more active more often and it is reassuring to know that there is a national organisation with the exact same mission."
Pete Todd, Pontefract Squash and Golf Club

"The hard won achievements of thousands of athletes in this Olympic year have been a national inspiration. We do not have to be dauntless athletes. Out of countless activities, from the most competitive sports to leisurely outdoor pursuits there is something to suit and please everybody. With physical fitness comes mental fitness and wellbeing overall - a sound mind in a healthy body. Successful organisations recognise this and encourage and provide the opportunities and facilities for their staff to be more active. There is a return on their investment. Enhanced wellbeing and higher morale bring increased productivity and quality of service. Supporting ukactive's aims of getting more people, more active, more often, that is the message I shall continue to drive home through the Health at Work Network."
Dame Carol Black, Chair, Health at Work Network, Department of Health Responsibility Deal

"StreetGames is committed to giving young people in disadvantaged communities the opportunity to get involved in sport and physical activity. It has never been more crucial to embed physical activity into the DNA of the nation and it is vital that we continue to develop new and innovative ways of engaging those who might not normally be attracted to the traditional sports offering. We fully support the team at ukactive in their mission to get more people, more active more often to improve the health of the nation. We share their view that far more can be achieved when organisations work in partnership. We wish them every success and look forward to working together."
Jane Ashworth, Chief Executive, StreetGames

"The LTA has created a new partnership with ukactive in order to achieve our shared objective of more people, more active, more often, through Cardio Tennis - a great new fitness offer. With participants burning around 600 calories an hour, Cardio Tennis is a great way to tap into the half a million adults who want to get involved in a sport that's fun and friendly. We look forward to working with ukactive to make this programme a success."
Roger Draper, Chief Executive, Lawn Tennis Association

"Cultural and leisure trusts have a key role to play in getting more people active and promoting physical activity, as major and growing provider of leisure facilities in the UK. We are therefore committed to working in partnership with ukactive and other industry organisations to make a greater impact in this area and get more people, more active, more often."
Craig Mcateer, Chairman, Sporta

"The ECB fully support the mission of ukactive, of more people more active more often, we've worked together on the Shift into Sports programme and hope to continue working together in the future with ukactive. We believe in the importance of partnering with ukactive and its portfolio of members to help achieve a more active and healthy nation."
Jane Hannah, National Volunteer & Participation Manager, England and Wales Cricket Board.

"We at LA Fitness have always been members of the industry association since it's early inception. As we have evolved, our sector today has a far broader reach than it did in its early formative days; and we now truly support people to take the first steps in improving their health and wellbeing and I am delighted that the industry has collectively embraced this. We have evolved and we now have a national organisation dedicated to helping businesses to get ukactive."
Martin Long, Chief Executive Officer,
LA Fitness

"Working within Public Health has focused my attention on the need for high quality evidence to support what we instinctively know about the benefits of regular physical activity. Given that fitness and sport does not often engage the medical fraternity, I strongly welcome the rebranding of the FIA to ukactive, recognising the essential component of physical activity. Collaboration with the Royal Colleges, together with the Research Institute in partnership with the Universities of Greenwich and Aberystwyth and the ongoing interaction with Public Health colleagues, is precisely the position that needs to be taken to enable physical activity to have equality with pharmacology when doctors  consider intervention. I look forward to expanding the successful working relationship we have previously enjoyed."
Craig Lister, Public Health Manager, NHS Bedfordshire

"The EFDS's vision is that disabled people are active for life. With the support of partners such as the FIA, we can ensure disabled people enjoy being active at a level they want to and reap the many health and wellbeing benefits of physical activity. The FIA has been an advocate in supporting EFDS to establish our renowned Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) which has changed the industry to be more accessible.  Thanks to the IFI, many more opportunities exist for disabled people to access local facilities and are being included within leisure service provision. In the future, EFDS look forward to working with ukactive to build a better insight on disabled people and their needs in fitness to ensure disabled people are included within their mission of more people, more active, more often. With this insight we can fully understand the physical and psychological barriers to being active, and support the appropriate behaviour change for all disabled individuals to get active."
Chris
Ratcliffe, Director of Development, English Federation of Disability Sport

"'The CSP has had a partnership with the FIA since 2010. We are delighted to continue working with ukactive to support closer collaborations between exercise professionals and physiotherapists, and in doing so improve patient access to ongoing physical activity services."
Dr Helena Johnson, Chair of Council at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP)

"An ever-increasing evidence base underscores physical activity as the biggest influencing factor on health, and particularly in preventing chronic disease. By advising on physical activity doctors across the healthcare landscape can help reverse the trend of physical inactivity, and greatly reduce the financial burden of inactivity and chronic disease on the NHS. The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine is committed to ensuring the benefits of physical activity are fully understood by doctors, and that Sport and Exercise Medicine specialists are utilised to guide and advise the healthcare profession in increasing exercise uptake. Sport and Exercise Medicine consultants can readily assist healthcare colleague in this aim, particularly in providing support for difficult cases across a multi-disciplinary team.  The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine is committed to increasing the number of such consultants in the NHS, as physical inactivity is an endemic social problem requiring collaboration and partnership. As such, we are delighted to be working with ukactive to achieve this shared goal."
Dr. Rod Jaques, President of the Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine

"In the current tough economic climate, strong partnerships between councils and the physical activity sector will be an essential part of building and developing a legacy to the Olympic and Paralympic Games. I look forward to working with ukactive to ensure that public, private, and voluntary physical activity provision gives everybody a chance to get healthier and more active."
Carolyn Down
s, Chief Executive of the Local Government Assocation

 
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