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The following statement has been issued by ukactive CEO Huw Edwards this morning (11 May), on the news of Jan Spaticchia’s death. Jan was Chair of énergie  Fitness and Vice Chair of BMF

“It is with the utmost shock and sadness that we hear of the passing of Jan Spaticchia.

“Jan was a towering figure in our industry, a great pioneer and innovator, and a much-loved and respected business leader who prided himself on the commitment of his teams to serve their communities.

“Jan also led the foundation of National Fitness Day at the énergie Group in 2010, before gifting the campaign to ukactive in 2014 to grow its reach for the whole sector.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of National Fitness Day and Jan had been more excited than ever about the potential of the campaign, which has inspired millions of people to be more active.

“His passing is a huge loss to our movement and we will strive to ensure his energy and positivity continues to flow through our work.

“At this time of great sadness for the sector and the team at ukactive, our thoughts and prayers are with Jan’s family, friends and colleagues.”