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John Amaechi calls for physical activity sector to harness diversity

Having an inclusive culture makes a difference – it means you have the best minds
– John Amaechi, CEO, Amaechi Performance Systems

Former NBA star John Amaechi has called for the sport and physical activity sector to embrace diversity and encourage inclusivity.

Amaechi, who became the first former NBA basketballer to come out publicly when he wrote his memoir, said businesses need to create a more diverse workforce and will soon realise the benefits.

“There’s an old saying but a true saying that ‘culture eats strategy for breakfast’,” said Amaechi. “Having an inclusive culture makes a difference – it means that you have the best minds.

Speaking at ukactive’s Active Training Conference, Amaechi said: “People think we live in a meritocracy but when you look at most industries, it’s impossible to believe the best brains available exist only in elderly white men – they can’t have all the best brains.

“The idea that women, people of colour, people with disabilities don’t have the best ideas is outrageous.

“So if you want to win and you want the best ideas, you want the most passionate people and they come from lots of different sectors of society. That’s why inclusion wins.”

The sportsman-turned-educator, who was born in Britain before making his name in the US, is now CEO of Amaechi Performance Systems, a consultancy which advises organisations on improving performance and solving people problems.

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Former NBA star John Amaechi has called for the sport and physical activity sector to embrace diversity and encourage inclusivity in order to reap the benefits.
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Amaechi received an OBE in 2011 – he says the sport and physical activity sector can benefit by increasing diversity in the workplace / Lewis Whyld/PA Wire/PA Images
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ukactive update
Moving towards a preventive health model is vital if we’re to ease the growing demand for health services
Features
ukactive update
ukactive has replaced Flame with a new event called Active Uprising, to better serve the evolving health and fitness sector, as Steve Ward explains
Features
Elevate preview
Now in its third year, the UK’s largest physical activity trade event is returning next month bigger and better than ever, this time with its inaugural conference. We take a look at what’s in store for delegates
Features
Gym design
Following a US$85m renovation that saw an iconic tennis club transformed into an athletics club with a fitness-focused hotel, Chicago’s Midtown Athletic Club has reopened and it boasts a truly impressive design
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FIBO & EHFF preview
On April 12 to 15, FIBO 2018 takes place in Cologne, Germany, and it promises a new layout, more live experiences and a greater focus on education. Here’s what attendees can expect
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Fitness foresight
Health Club Management’s annual Fitness ForesightTM looks at the key trends, influences and opportunities shaping the health and fitness sector over the coming year – and beyond
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Health club software
In the first of a new series looking at the world of health club management software, industry players share their latest in-club software developments and forecasts for the industry
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IHRSA update
Kristen Walsh talks to IHRSA 2018 keynote speaker Lisa Bodell, who says that the status quo must be sacrificed to achieve true innovation
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Franchising
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Workplace fitness
With UK productivity levels trailing behind other EU economies, Tom Walker asks if fitness offers a solution and if operators can use their knowledge to improve their own productivity
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Functional fitness
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People
People profile
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People
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People
Trainers should really focus on technique during activity and continually correct their clients as needed, to prevent future problems
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People profile
We want to help gym operators to leverage their space and maximise their earning potential
People
Interview
Every Friday, all our members are allowed to bring a friend along to the club for free. Since we started doing this, sales numbers are soaring and retention is also improving
People
People profile
I often see clubs guaranteeing specific results for members, despite having little knowledge about their members’ goals or current levels of health and fitness. I wanted to avoid falling into this trap
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People profile
I was approached by my rowing club to do more with their amazing facility, which is located on the river. I decided to create a comprehensive, branded group exercise experience
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Interview
I’ve found that if you offer a great product, pair it with the right marketing tailored to the right target group, and you remain open to feedback, it will eventually work
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Interview
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Lightmasters UK Ltd: Audio visual
Fitness equipment
Dyaco International: Fitness equipment
Fitness assesment
MYZONE: Fitness assesment
Retail solutions
Swimrite Supplies Ltd / SRS Leisure: Retail solutions
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Software
Conceptek - Sistemas de Informacao, S.A.: Software
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Club management software
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Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
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28-29 Apr 2018
Olympia London, London, United Kingdom
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09-10 May 2018
ExCeL London, London, United Kingdom
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