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ukactive: The pillars of success

The sector’s challenge is to focus its collective efforts on the pillars of public life, delivering a beneficial impact for children and young adults, workers and older people, says Steven Ward

By Steven Ward, ukactive | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 3
‘Reimagining Ageing’ will be a core focus for ukactive going forward
‘Reimagining Ageing’ will be a core focus for ukactive going forward
Over half a million more people got active through gym sessions and fitness classes in 2018 than 2017 - Steven Ward

How often do we hear the call for our sector to “speak with one voice”? By its very nature, this is a tall order for any industry – particularly for one so fast-paced as our own, and with a vast range of ambitions and commercial targets.

Whatever your motivation, we all have a stake in getting more people, more active, more often. Our strength lies in our commonalities.

We’re seeing growing evidence of the success achieved through partnership – truly joint ventures, inspirational collaborations, and the sharing of data, knowledge and resources. Now, our challenge is to focus our efforts and collective voice on the core pillars of public life to deliver maximum impact.

We began our business planning process for the 2019/20 financial year by recognising the volatility of the landscape we occupy today, in the UK and globally.

A good old PESTEL analysis tells us there have never been so many unknowns. Despite this, we remain positive and our self-belief has never been stronger. That confidence stems from our track record, and the fact that ukactive and our members have already created a fertile environment for growth.

Over half a million more people got active through the gym and fitness classes in 2018 than 2017, according to the latest Active Lives Survey, proving we’re the backbone of an active nation. Without our sector’s success, the national picture for participation in sport and physical activity would be far worse.

This is part of the reason we’ve now extended our reach to NGBs, so that they join forces with gyms, leisure centres and suppliers to reimagine their services and increase participation.

Marching ahead
Today, new partnership programmes are underway across the full breadth of social issues relevant to our communities; rapidly evolving business models and R&D combine to make our sector a leader in innovation; and awareness of our cause has never been greater. But we won’t rest on our laurels.

Our priorities for the coming financial year begin with ‘Uniting the Movement of an Active Nation’. Success starts at home, by providing our members with the right tools and opportunities for growth – whether through regulatory and risk management services to address the burning issues; insights from the ukactive Research Institute; or the partnerships we broker across the public and private sectors.

We’ll continue to seek new opportunities across the breadth of public life, but the three core pillars will be: Children and Young People – ‘Turning Generation Inactive into Generation Active’; the Workplace – ‘Transforming Working Life’; and Older People – ‘Reimagining Ageing’.

We’ll address pressing societal issues and stimulate further growth. Together, we can achieve it all.

See our interview with Steven Ward on page 34

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The sector should focus on young people, older people and workplace health for the biggest impact on our community, says Steven Ward
People
We estimate that we have 110,000 children in primary schools that have introduced the Daily Mile as part of the everyday school day. That’s 400 schools, and the feedback is great. It’s been a real success
People
We want to develop the next generation of health and wellbeing centres, offering a mix of clinical, physical and emotional wellbeing services
People
Much of the fitness industry branding is based on a no pain, no gain philosophy, but we didn’t want to present Rabble like that, even though a session is ridiculously tiring!
Features
Asia
Our industry in Asia is growing at an exponential rate but it’s too fragmented to ensure sustainable growth. Hundreds of exciting brands and businesses exist, many with great potential but we need to work together to grow our marketplace, engage new demographics and better serve communities and customers - Ross Campbell, CEO and founder of Fit Summit
Features
Strength training
You may be able to help your members and customers avoid or reverse osteoporosis by encouraging weight bearing activities, as Liz Terry reports
Features
ukactive
Following the ActiveLab Live! finale at the recent Active Uprising conference, we take a look at startups that are using technology to help people become healthier and more active
Features
HCM Celeb
The boxing entrepreneur aims to help people ‘unleash the fighter within’ to better handle life’s challenges, with the slogan, ‘It’s not yours until you fight for it’
Features
Retention
Are you optimising HIIT for your members, or are they put off by the pain? Abigail Harris looks at research into ways to better support members towards a positive outcome
Features
Flooring
With the increase in popularity of functional training, the floor is increasingly becoming a piece of equipment in itself. Kath Hudson investigates
Features
Retention
There’s no one thing that will fix your member retention, but clarity of mission, a strong culture and an eye for data will drive significant change. Kate Cracknell reports from this year’s Retention Convention
Features
Statistics
The fitness market in Europe is entering a new phase of growth according to the European Health & Fitness Market Report 2019 by EuropeActive and Deloitte. HCM reports
Features
HCM Celebs
In the name of work, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth has undergone impressive physical transformations for film roles such as Thor in The Avengers and Marvel films. Inspired by the public’s interest in his workouts, he’s now created a health and fitness app called Centr that utilises the expertise of his team of world-class experts
Features
Innovation
Silicon Valley hacker Dave Asprey used his tech skills to gather the latest fitness kit to create a bio hacking boutique. Kath Hudson investigates cusapero
Features
Active ageing
The older people get, the more likely they are to have a long term health condition. But getting ill is not an inevitable consequence of getting older, so targeting the over 50s market could bring about multiple wins. Kath Hudson reports
Features
Promotional Feature
Promotional feature
Technology is shaping the way we do fitness. Personal trainers seek the latest innovations to elevate their business services. Electro-muscle stimulation (EMS) takes fitness technology to a whole new level, using the best of technology to ensure faster results compared to any other workout
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The best class instructors earn the best salaries the market offers, bringing enhanced value to ...
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Research from property experts at Colliers International suggests people are increasingly willing to pay more ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: New London PT facility partners with Eleiko
WE11, a luxury co-working studio for wellness professionals, is a stunning facility with a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms, changing rooms and The WE11 Lounge.
Opinion
promotion
Member retention is a growing problem for long-established gym chains, who are battling the growing budget and boutique gym market.
Opinion: Are you trying to beat budget gyms at their own game?
Video Gallery
Nautilus - Glute Drive
Core Health & Fitness
Inspired by the increasing trend of glute exercises seen in various and dangerous executions in the gyms today. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Merrithew™ - Leaders in Mindful Movement™
Merrithew™ enriches the lives of others with responsible exercise modalities and innovative, multidisciplinary fitness offerings ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Fitness equipment
Miha Bodytec GmbH: Fitness equipment
Exercise equipment
Eleiko Sport AB: Exercise equipment
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
23-25 Jul 2019
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Diary dates
05-06 Sep 2019
TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal
Diary dates

features

ukactive: The pillars of success

The sector’s challenge is to focus its collective efforts on the pillars of public life, delivering a beneficial impact for children and young adults, workers and older people, says Steven Ward

By Steven Ward, ukactive | Published in Health Club Management 2019 issue 3
‘Reimagining Ageing’ will be a core focus for ukactive going forward
‘Reimagining Ageing’ will be a core focus for ukactive going forward
Over half a million more people got active through gym sessions and fitness classes in 2018 than 2017 - Steven Ward

How often do we hear the call for our sector to “speak with one voice”? By its very nature, this is a tall order for any industry – particularly for one so fast-paced as our own, and with a vast range of ambitions and commercial targets.

Whatever your motivation, we all have a stake in getting more people, more active, more often. Our strength lies in our commonalities.

We’re seeing growing evidence of the success achieved through partnership – truly joint ventures, inspirational collaborations, and the sharing of data, knowledge and resources. Now, our challenge is to focus our efforts and collective voice on the core pillars of public life to deliver maximum impact.

We began our business planning process for the 2019/20 financial year by recognising the volatility of the landscape we occupy today, in the UK and globally.

A good old PESTEL analysis tells us there have never been so many unknowns. Despite this, we remain positive and our self-belief has never been stronger. That confidence stems from our track record, and the fact that ukactive and our members have already created a fertile environment for growth.

Over half a million more people got active through the gym and fitness classes in 2018 than 2017, according to the latest Active Lives Survey, proving we’re the backbone of an active nation. Without our sector’s success, the national picture for participation in sport and physical activity would be far worse.

This is part of the reason we’ve now extended our reach to NGBs, so that they join forces with gyms, leisure centres and suppliers to reimagine their services and increase participation.

Marching ahead
Today, new partnership programmes are underway across the full breadth of social issues relevant to our communities; rapidly evolving business models and R&D combine to make our sector a leader in innovation; and awareness of our cause has never been greater. But we won’t rest on our laurels.

Our priorities for the coming financial year begin with ‘Uniting the Movement of an Active Nation’. Success starts at home, by providing our members with the right tools and opportunities for growth – whether through regulatory and risk management services to address the burning issues; insights from the ukactive Research Institute; or the partnerships we broker across the public and private sectors.

We’ll continue to seek new opportunities across the breadth of public life, but the three core pillars will be: Children and Young People – ‘Turning Generation Inactive into Generation Active’; the Workplace – ‘Transforming Working Life’; and Older People – ‘Reimagining Ageing’.

We’ll address pressing societal issues and stimulate further growth. Together, we can achieve it all.

See our interview with Steven Ward on page 34

http://www.leisureopportunities.com/images/imagesX/483606_702468.jpg
The sector should focus on young people, older people and workplace health for the biggest impact on our community, says Steven Ward
Latest News
Fitness subscription platform ClassPass has appointed a UK general manager as it looks to grow ...
Latest News
Bannatyne Group has named Karen Wilkinson to the board of Bannatyne Fitness. The appointment comes ...
Latest News
UK children will be offered a greater opportunity to take part in 60 minutes of ...
Latest News
Regular exercise, a balanced diet, quitting smoking and cutting down on alcohol are the best ...
Latest News
The best class instructors earn the best salaries the market offers, bringing enhanced value to ...
Latest News
Research from property experts at Colliers International suggests people are increasingly willing to pay more ...
Latest News
The Grade II listed, 17th century Grantley Hall hotel and wellness retreat will reopen today ...
Latest News
Boutique health and fitness operator Ten Health and Fitness plans to double the size of ...
Latest News
Crunch Fitness could double in size over the next five years, according to CEO Jim ...
Latest News
énergie Fitness has tasted success at the bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, winning the Brand Awareness ...
Latest News
The acquisition of commercial fitness equipment manufacturer Life Fitness by KPS Capital Partners has completed, ...
Job search
POST YOUR JOB
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Crown overhaul changing rooms at Saunton Sands spa
Saunton Sands Hotel in Devon, UK, has completed a £2m expansion of its spa and wellness facilities.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: New London PT facility partners with Eleiko
WE11, a luxury co-working studio for wellness professionals, is a stunning facility with a fully equipped gym, treatment rooms, changing rooms and The WE11 Lounge.
Opinion
promotion
Member retention is a growing problem for long-established gym chains, who are battling the growing budget and boutique gym market.
Opinion: Are you trying to beat budget gyms at their own game?
Video Gallery
Nautilus - Glute Drive
Core Health & Fitness
Inspired by the increasing trend of glute exercises seen in various and dangerous executions in the gyms today. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Crown Sports Lockers
Crown Sports Lockers has designed, crafted and fitted bespoke timber furniture for spas, hotels and ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Merrithew™ - Leaders in Mindful Movement™
Merrithew™ enriches the lives of others with responsible exercise modalities and innovative, multidisciplinary fitness offerings ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Spa software
ResortSuite: Spa software
Fitness equipment
Miha Bodytec GmbH: Fitness equipment
Exercise equipment
Eleiko Sport AB: Exercise equipment
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
23-25 Jul 2019
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia
Diary dates
05-06 Sep 2019
TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal
Diary dates
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