The Active Standard
The Active Standard (TAS) is a new product, designed by ukactive in conjunction with partners, to apply and quality assure the appropriate standards necessary to support the continued professionalism of the physical activity sector.
The creation of a new standard for the sector, “The Active Standard”, was announced by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson at the ukactive Summit in October 2020, when she set out our vision, in partnership with Sport England, for a new sector standard which offers the all-encompassing, flexible approach needed to consistently maintain the standards necessary to support the continued professionalism of the sector.
We understand that to create this new sector standard, which covers the full prism of our sector from Operators, Suppliers and Children’s Activity Providers, it needs to be developed with key partners and stakeholders, and crucially, in partnership with our members and customers.
Since the announcement, The Active Standard has been in development in consultation with a broad range of ukactive members, representing all parts of the sector, along with stakeholders and partners. We are currently piloting the final standard with different organisations across the breadth of our membership and sector to make sure that it delivers value to the businesses we serve.
Following the current product testing and pilot phase, The Active Standard is scheduled to be rolled out across the UK sector in 2023
For further details please speak to your ukactive account manager for further information.
Partnerships around The Active Standard
The Sport and Physical Activity sector has been positive in its response to the Covid 19 crisis and has been successful in demonstrating to Government and to its customers that it can adapt operational practices to meet guidelines on social distancing. The importance of physical activity to increase resilience to illness and support individual recovery has never had such a high profile. Ensuring unified and consistent standards of delivery across the sector (sport and physical activity system) is essential to maintaining and enhancing a safe, inclusive environment, creating confidence for customers
ukactive and Sport England
Sport England and ukactive are working collaboratively to develop a set of standards and a new framework for improvement that all parts of the sector can adopt. This will allow individual facilities/organisations – both publicly and privately operated – to demonstrate their compliance to standards and performance management but also contribute to the continuous improvement of service delivery across the sector.
To avoid any confusion, The Active Standard does not replace Quest, or vice-versa – the two tools will become fully aligned – Quest becoming the improvement tool for the sector, whereas The Active Standard will become the starting point.
ukactive and FITcert
Through The Active Standard (UK) and the FITcert (Europe-wide), ukactive, the Royal Netherlands national Standards Body and EuropeActive are working collaboratively to ensure alignment, clarity and consistency in the development and integration of standards across the UK and mainland Europe, that all parts of the sector can adopt. Enabling individual facilities/organisations – both publicly and privately operated – to demonstrate compliance to standards and performance.