Writing this just a week after the culmination of National Fitness Day, it would be remiss of me not to remark on my enjoyment at the images and videos I’ve seen of the events taking place across the country. National Fitness Day demonstrates our sector at its very best and everyone involved can be proud of their efforts to make NFD 2017 the most active day of the year once again.

Looking back at the last few months rounded off by National Fitness Day – it’s certainly been an eventful summer. The ukactive Research Institute brought their pioneering insights onto the international stage, travelling to Germany for the Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in July
to orally present three paper abstracts. You can read more about this vital research, building the case for the physical activity sector, on page 18.
Meanwhile Flame 2017 was bigger than ever – the enthusiasm among delegates over the two days further demonstrating the commitment from the sector to continually raising the bar. It was particularly pleasing to see a room full of delegates for the new Ignite Conference, with General Managers fully engaged and taking part in fascinating discussions.

Flame 2017 culminated once again in another excellent Flame Awards, where we also announced our new Charity Partner of the year. It’s great to be working alongside the youth mental health charity The Mix – there are so many opportunities to work together exploring how we can use physical activity to battle mounting youth mental health issues – more on this on page 35.

Now we turn our attentions to National Summit, the marquee political event in the physical activity sector, taking place at the Westminster’s QEII Centre on the 1st November. This year’s event will explore physical activity as the ‘golden thread’ running through the burning issues facing society – including health, education and social cohesion. Our Public Affairs and Communications team have tackled some of these issues in this journal, giving a taste of the intriguing debate taking place at Summit, which you can read on pages 36-38.

November is once again set to be a very busy month for the organisation, with the Active Training Awards seeing out the month (p30) celebrating the very best in learning and development within the physical activity sector on 30th November.

The Active Training Awards will also provide the setting for the launch of Global Active Leaders, an exciting new training programme for top-level executives within the physical activity sector. Global Active Leaders, which builds on the success of the Future Leaders Programme, will give leaders the tools to drive forward the sector as part of a global movement to turn the tide of physical inactivity. More information on this exciting new programme can be found on page 31.

All in all, it looks like the next few months at ukactive will be as busy as ever, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. We look forward to seeing you all at Summit and Active Training Awards to help build on the summer’s momentum and raise the physical activity agenda to new heights.

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