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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
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
This isn’t about gender. I got the role because I’m absolutely the best person for the job - Sophie Lawler
People
The Life Fitness entrepreneur and ALS charity fundraiser is returning to the business that made his name
Features
feature
The London Boutique Studio Report showed the EMS market grew in value by 281 per cent in the last five years, meaning the potential for prospective studio owners is huge
Features
India
Partnering with established local chain, Talwalkars, David Lloyd Leisure is set to take its luxury, family-oriented clubs to India, with the first location opening in Pune this summer. Steph Eaves spoke to Bruce Gardner and Prashant Talwalkar to find out more
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fitness-kit.net
Lauren Heath-Jones rounds up the latest product launches in health and fitness
Features
IHRSA Update
The global health and fitness markets reached an all-time high in terms of memberships in 2018. IHRSA’s Melissa Rodriguez highlights the topline numbers for HCM
Features
Body scanning
Will the body image debate define the future of fit-tech? Becca Douglas looks at the evidence
Features
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
Features
Supplier showcase
Precor’s bikes are bringing success to a wide range of different health and fitness operations, from boutiques to trusts. We look at the latest examples
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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.
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Featured supplier: Incorpore: Creating a fitter, happier and more productive workforce
Inactivity is described by The Department of Health as the ‘silent killer’ of our generation.
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 Overview
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Whole body cryotherapy
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Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
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Property & Tenders
Diary dates
05-06 Sep 2019
TagusPark, Oeiras, Portugal
Diary dates
21-22 Sep 2019
Locations worldwide,
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
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 ...
Latest News
Wattbike has secured a deal to supply more than 30 Bupa Health Clinic sites across ...
Latest News
Fitness franchise YourZone45 has concluded a second round of funding, as it prepares to expand ...
Latest News
Leisure trust Active Nation has expanded its portfolio of budget gyms with the acquisition of ...
Latest News
Thousands of people at risk of Type 2 diabetes will be given digital support – ...
Latest News
New research has provided a possible explanation for the perceived decrease in endurance musculature as ...
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Ten Health and Fitness has opened its ninth studio in an office building in central ...
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German wellness operator Lanserhof has opened its first UK location at the historic Arts Club ...
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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: Incorpore: Creating a fitter, happier and more productive workforce
Inactivity is described by The Department of Health as the ‘silent killer’ of our generation.
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 Overview
Harlands Group
An overview of the Harlands Group, the membership management experts. Read more
More videos:
Company profiles
Company profile: Rephouse Europa Ltd
Rephouse is a leading manufacturer of high-performance fitness flooring systems. With its state-of-the-art production technology ...
Company profiles
Company profile: Balanced Body®
Stocked in the UK for fast, costeffective delivery, Balanced Body® delivers versatile and space-saving mind-body ...
Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
Directory
Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Kemitron GmbH: Hydrotherapy / spa fragrances
Lockers/interior design
Craftsman Quality Lockers Ltd: Lockers/interior design
Skincare
Sothys: Skincare
Member access schemes
Move GB: Member access schemes
Fitness equipment
Shapewatch: Fitness equipment
Locking solutions
Ojmar: Locking solutions
Whole body cryotherapy
Zimmer MedizinSysteme GmbH / icelab: Whole body cryotherapy
Audio visual
Hutchison Technologies: Audio visual
Exercise equipment
Matrix Fitness: Exercise equipment
Direct debit solutions
Harlands Group: Direct debit solutions
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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