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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
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Martin Seibold

CEO Life Fit Group
Gathering existing, strong brands under one roof to create the new Life Fit Group made perfect sense
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HCM people

Rich Hutson

CEO of CHi Fitness and Co-founder of Fire Fitness
The business wasn’t getting the numbers needed, so I raised the prices by 25 per cent. It worked and we didn’t skip a beat
People
The Life Fitness entrepreneur and ALS charity fundraiser is returning to the business that made his name
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Social responsibility
A year after the launch of its first outdoor gym made from melted down, confiscated knives, Steel Warriors has won the support of the Co-op, which has pledged to fund the roll-out of a further 20 calisthenics gyms, as Kath Hudson reports
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Ask the experts
The UK health and fitness industry has doubled in size since 2000. Will growth continue, or even gather pace? And what does this mean for the European health and fitness market? How big could it grow and what factors will have an impact? HCM asks those who have the most up to date research
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Lauren Heath-Jones rounds up the latest product launches in health and fitness
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We know trends like wearables, HIIT training and functional fitness are hot, but what’s coming down the track? Liz Terry looks further ahead for the latest edition of HCM’s Fitness Foresight
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India
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Opinion
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As an industry, we still underestimate the power of a truly varied fitness regime - and the growing appetite for it, especially among emerging customer segments.
Opinion: Collaboration vs aggregation - what’s the difference?
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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
Enhanced designs have been submitted for a £42m swimming pool and waterpark complex in Derby. ...
Latest News
Arvinda Gohil has been appointed CEO of Central YMCA. Gohil joins the health and wellbeing ...
Latest News
Health and social care secretary Matt Hancock has launched a review into the NHS Health ...
Latest News
ukactive has begun a search for two additional members to join its board of directors. ...
Latest News
Boutique fitness franchise Spenga has opened two new locations as it looks to ramp up ...
Latest News
Fitness franchise Fit Body Boot Camp has revealed that it has more than 200 new ...
Latest News
DW Fitness First has launched its new Kit & Collect service, aimed at increasing secondary ...
Latest News
Teenagers' 'incessant' use of social media is radically reducing the time they spend sleeping and ...
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Wattbike has secured a deal to supply more than 30 Bupa Health Clinic sites across ...
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Leisure trust Active Nation has expanded its portfolio of budget gyms with the acquisition of ...
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Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Pavigym: helping gyms and boutique studios fight back against noise
With noise complaints against gyms on the rise, limiting noise isn’t only beneficial to users - it could also be crucial to your business.
Featured supplier news
Featured supplier: Gympass tops 2,000 fitness facilities on its platform
Gympass has reinforced its leading position in the corporate fitness market, topping 2,000 fitness facilities available on its platform across the UK.
Opinion
promotion
As an industry, we still underestimate the power of a truly varied fitness regime - and the growing appetite for it, especially among emerging customer segments.
Opinion: Collaboration vs aggregation - what’s the difference?
Video Gallery
Harlands Group testimonial
Harlands Group
Harlands Group - Testimonial from 'The Hampton Health & Fitness Club'. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Focus Training
Focus Training is a leading provider of Active IQ and YMCA Awards certified Personal Trainer ...
Company profiles
Company profile: TVS Group
The TVS Group supply and install sports and fitness flooring to a wide range of ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Skincare
Comfort Zone - Davines S.p.A: Skincare
Trade associations
International SPA Association - iSPA: Trade associations
Professional services
Deloitte UK: Professional services
Flooring
Total Vibration Solutions Ltd: Flooring
Governing body
EMD UK: Governing body
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Lockers/interior design
Fitlockers: Lockers/interior design
Fitness equipment
Shapewatch: Fitness equipment
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
Architects/designers
Zynk Design Consultants: Architects/designers
Property & Tenders
Diary dates
05-06 Sep 2019
TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal
Diary dates
21-22 Sep 2019
Locations worldwide,
Diary dates
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