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press release: ukactive

Active Uprising 2024: A day that inspired and challenged us all

12 Feb 2024
Mike Farrar, the Chair of ukactive, opened the event / ukactive
Izzy Wolridge, ukactive’s Events Manager, shares some of the key takeaways from Active Uprising and how the sector came together to focus on ‘Growth, development and improving the health of the nation’.

It’s one week on from Active Uprising, and what a day it was! So much goes into organising events like this and it was a special moment to bring the sector together for a day of learning, exchanging of ideas and connecting with professionals.

Special thanks must go to our co-headline partners Matrix, Precor and UK Research and Innovation, as well as our event partners for all the support in making Active Uprising 2024 possible.

From compelling keynote speeches to engaging breakout sessions, Active Uprising explored a wide range of topics under the overarching theme of ‘growth, development, and improving the health of the nation’.

But if you weren’t there on the day, here is a snapshot of what you missed:
Mike Farrar, the Chair of ukactive, opened the event with a speech which set the tone by addressing the pressing challenges our nation faces, the value of the sector and importance of collaborative efforts, to ensure physical activity is placed at the forefront of the health agenda.

Hearing from Government

Following Mike’s address, we then heard from the Minister for Sport, Stuart Andrew MP, who spoke about the Government’s ‘Get Active’ sport and physical activity strategy, where he outlined the goals for this plan and how our sector has and is playing, an integral role.

The session transitioned into a Q&A, with Huw Edwards, ukactive’s CEO, joining the Minister on stage, to dig deeper into the strategy and views of Government, which served as a reminder of our collective commitment to addressing physical inactivity and the issues it relates to.

Inspiring keynotes: from Movember to Jill Scott

We were also delighted to have some top speakers joining us for the day to showcase the real importance of physical activity.

We heard from experts including Sarah Coghlan, Global Director Global Director Men’s Health Promotion, who shared a poignant keynote that examined the critical topic of men’s mental health and the amazing work, led by Movember, which continue to do such a stellar job to raise awareness on this important matter.

Further speakers included Dean Leak, a culture and leadership coach who spoke about cultivating a winning mindset and how working on your leadership attributes can help facilitate impactful change.

And the wonderful Jill Scott, former Lioness and Independent member of the Government’s National Physical Activity Taskforce joined Professor Greg Whyte on the main stage to finish off the day. During their insightful chat, Jill spoke about her own sporting and experience of physical activity, the importance of resilience as a woman in sport, life post-retirement and her ambitions for her role on the Government’s taskforce.

Health panels and breakout sessions
The day also featured collaborative discussions including a health panel as well as breakout sessions for attendees to learn more about various projects happening across the sector.

“The NHS and leisure sector: what do we need from each other” was a panel session chaired by Labour MP, Kim Leadbeater, which highlighted the urgency for cross sector collaboration when integrating the physical activity sector into the healthcare system. Key messages from the panel included the importance of agreeing on shared outcomes, highlighting the evidence of the health and cost benefits, and the necessity for sectors to align on the language and framework that is used.

A day to remember
We were delighted to bring the sector together to kickstart 2024 and hope this year’s Active Uprising conference provided you with many tangible learnings and insights.

As shown by this year’s theme and the conversations that took place, there’s never been a more important time to further this agenda and we’re looking forward to seeing how these outcomes can be put into practice in the year ahead.

Check out the image gallery from the day here.
More press releases and updates from ukactive:
ukactive, This Girl Can, Safer Business Network, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor of London have joined forces to launch a pilot of the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign across 11 fitness and leisure centres in south west London.
A shared mission to enhance industry standards has been announced (on 9 April) as part of a landmark collaboration between the physical activity sector’s leading bodies.
ukactive and 4GLOBAL have published the first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report, which represents the most accurate picture yet of the scale and impact of privately operated fitness facilities** within the UK.
The Chancellor said there can be no “solid growth without solid finances”, but we know there can be no growth without improved health too. The announcements yesterday will do little to move the dial on physical activity levels nor unlock the potential of our sector to contribute to wider Government policy priorities.
The Spring Budget is ordinarily one of the Government’s biggest milestones within the year. It features the Government’s financial interventions, such as tax cuts/rises and spending commitment, as well as signalling the direction of travel for the year ahead.
ukactive: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
UK Active has announced details of its annual health and fitness industry awards ceremony, which will take place in Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 3 October at the International Convention Centre.
The first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report was released today (27 March). A collaboration between UK Active and 4Global, the aim of the research is to provide accurate insight into the state of UK-based private sector health clubs.
In a soft power exercise, politicians in the UK have been invited to take part in a challenge which encourages them to be more active, while raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, has called on the UK government to deploy the physical activity sector to support the NHS and tackle the UK’s pandemic of poor health and sluggish economy.
ukactive: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
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ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO
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press release: ukactive

Active Uprising 2024: A day that inspired and challenged us all

12 Feb 2024
Mike Farrar, the Chair of ukactive, opened the event / ukactive
Izzy Wolridge, ukactive’s Events Manager, shares some of the key takeaways from Active Uprising and how the sector came together to focus on ‘Growth, development and improving the health of the nation’.

It’s one week on from Active Uprising, and what a day it was! So much goes into organising events like this and it was a special moment to bring the sector together for a day of learning, exchanging of ideas and connecting with professionals.

Special thanks must go to our co-headline partners Matrix, Precor and UK Research and Innovation, as well as our event partners for all the support in making Active Uprising 2024 possible.

From compelling keynote speeches to engaging breakout sessions, Active Uprising explored a wide range of topics under the overarching theme of ‘growth, development, and improving the health of the nation’.

But if you weren’t there on the day, here is a snapshot of what you missed:
Mike Farrar, the Chair of ukactive, opened the event with a speech which set the tone by addressing the pressing challenges our nation faces, the value of the sector and importance of collaborative efforts, to ensure physical activity is placed at the forefront of the health agenda.

Hearing from Government

Following Mike’s address, we then heard from the Minister for Sport, Stuart Andrew MP, who spoke about the Government’s ‘Get Active’ sport and physical activity strategy, where he outlined the goals for this plan and how our sector has and is playing, an integral role.

The session transitioned into a Q&A, with Huw Edwards, ukactive’s CEO, joining the Minister on stage, to dig deeper into the strategy and views of Government, which served as a reminder of our collective commitment to addressing physical inactivity and the issues it relates to.

Inspiring keynotes: from Movember to Jill Scott

We were also delighted to have some top speakers joining us for the day to showcase the real importance of physical activity.

We heard from experts including Sarah Coghlan, Global Director Global Director Men’s Health Promotion, who shared a poignant keynote that examined the critical topic of men’s mental health and the amazing work, led by Movember, which continue to do such a stellar job to raise awareness on this important matter.

Further speakers included Dean Leak, a culture and leadership coach who spoke about cultivating a winning mindset and how working on your leadership attributes can help facilitate impactful change.

And the wonderful Jill Scott, former Lioness and Independent member of the Government’s National Physical Activity Taskforce joined Professor Greg Whyte on the main stage to finish off the day. During their insightful chat, Jill spoke about her own sporting and experience of physical activity, the importance of resilience as a woman in sport, life post-retirement and her ambitions for her role on the Government’s taskforce.

Health panels and breakout sessions
The day also featured collaborative discussions including a health panel as well as breakout sessions for attendees to learn more about various projects happening across the sector.

“The NHS and leisure sector: what do we need from each other” was a panel session chaired by Labour MP, Kim Leadbeater, which highlighted the urgency for cross sector collaboration when integrating the physical activity sector into the healthcare system. Key messages from the panel included the importance of agreeing on shared outcomes, highlighting the evidence of the health and cost benefits, and the necessity for sectors to align on the language and framework that is used.

A day to remember
We were delighted to bring the sector together to kickstart 2024 and hope this year’s Active Uprising conference provided you with many tangible learnings and insights.

As shown by this year’s theme and the conversations that took place, there’s never been a more important time to further this agenda and we’re looking forward to seeing how these outcomes can be put into practice in the year ahead.

Check out the image gallery from the day here.
More press releases and updates from ukactive:
ukactive, This Girl Can, Safer Business Network, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor of London have joined forces to launch a pilot of the ‘Ask for Angela’ campaign across 11 fitness and leisure centres in south west London.
A shared mission to enhance industry standards has been announced (on 9 April) as part of a landmark collaboration between the physical activity sector’s leading bodies.
ukactive and 4GLOBAL have published the first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report, which represents the most accurate picture yet of the scale and impact of privately operated fitness facilities** within the UK.
The Chancellor said there can be no “solid growth without solid finances”, but we know there can be no growth without improved health too. The announcements yesterday will do little to move the dial on physical activity levels nor unlock the potential of our sector to contribute to wider Government policy priorities.
The Spring Budget is ordinarily one of the Government’s biggest milestones within the year. It features the Government’s financial interventions, such as tax cuts/rises and spending commitment, as well as signalling the direction of travel for the year ahead.
ukactive: news from HCMmag.com and FitTechGlobal.com
UK Active has announced details of its annual health and fitness industry awards ceremony, which will take place in Birmingham on the evening of Thursday 3 October at the International Convention Centre.
The first annual Private Sector Benchmarking report was released today (27 March). A collaboration between UK Active and 4Global, the aim of the research is to provide accurate insight into the state of UK-based private sector health clubs.
In a soft power exercise, politicians in the UK have been invited to take part in a challenge which encourages them to be more active, while raising awareness of the benefits of physical activity.
Mike Farrar, chair of UK Active, has called on the UK government to deploy the physical activity sector to support the NHS and tackle the UK’s pandemic of poor health and sluggish economy.
ukactive: featured in HCM and Fit Tech magazines
Life lessons: Huw Edwards
Remember when there was mass hostility about London hosting the 2012 Olympics? Huw Edwards, CEO of UK Active, was there. He talks to Kath Hudson about the lessons he learned
Consumer expectations are rising all the time, but nowhere more than in relation to digital. UK Active’s Dave Gerrish explains how the industry is shaping up
Kath Hudson talks to industry experts from around the world about their key takeaways from last year and their hopes for 2024
Industry insights: Predictions
Time are tough but tough times bring out the best in us. Kath Hudson asks some of the world’s top industry experts where they see the glimpses of blue sky
Life lessons: Dave Courteen
The author, industry veteran, UK Active board member and founder and CEO of Mosaic Spa and Health Clubs talks to Kath Hudson about the challenges of operating a high-end club when low-cost came on the scene
Interview: Mike Farrar
Harnessing the healthcare network to further the fitness sector’s ambitions is the core purpose of UK Active’s new chair, as he explains to Kate Cracknell
ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO
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