Make fitness fun, sociable and more approachable, a new guide by Sport England today recommends. Aimed at the people who create opportunities for women to get active, ‘Helping Women & Girls to Get Active: A Practical Guide’ offers advice on how to break down barriers which are stopping women and young girls from getting active, and keep them coming back for more.

Rejecting a ‘one size fits all’ approach, this guide encourages facilitators to consider a range of barriers which may be preventing women and young girls from signing up. For example, research found that many women find mirrors in exercise studios intimidating and are often fearful of appearing to be the odd one out in classes. The guide also includes common sense solutions to encourage repeat visits to classes, such as teaming up with a local business to offer a free coffee as a reward for completion of a certain number of sessions. Some of the other top tips include:

  • Make sure the changing rooms have full length mirrors and good quality hairdryers
  • Mirrors in studios can make some women feel self-conscious
  • Selling the sport or activity doesn’t always work, instead sell the benefit, promoting the fun, friendship, social aspects, as well as de-stressing effect
  • Consider alternatives to sporty images, ads with women in relaxed clothing having fun can resonate better
  • Avoid stock photos, people prefer to see either local women or women who feel like them in marketing material
  • Images of women exercising on their own or in small groups appeal more than images of large groups
  • Record a quick video demonstrating the class and post online so possible attendees can see what the activity is like and the people taking part
  • Reduce the fear factor by advising women what to wear, what to bring, how much it is, and that there will be other people at a similar level to them there either on your website, Facebook page or by talking to them

Despite 13 million women and girls saying they want to play more sport, in reality only half that number actually do. This free online guide sets out to change this. Targeting women specifically, it aims to close the gender divide which currently sees two million more men than women exercising per week.

This new guide brings together all the results of Sport England's female-focused campaigns including I Will If You Will*, and This Girl Can*, and research study, Go Where Women Are*. I Will If You Will, a project delivered by Bury Council, has seen the number of local women doing sport and physical activity in the town double in the last two years. The multi award-winning This Girl Can campaign is transforming the way sport and physical activity is marketed to women and how women talk and feel about being active.

Sport England Director of Business Partnerships, Tanya Joseph, said, “We know that men and women think about sport differently, and encouraging women and girls to get involved requires more work than simply adding a splash of pink. We want the market delivering what women want, and this guide can help make that happen.”

Sport England board member, Sally Gunnell OBE said, “Putting into practice the advice in this guide could be the difference between women just thinking about getting active and actually being active. Everyone involved in the sport or leisure sector should consider implementing some of the measures in this guide, so we can bridge the gender fitness gap once and for all.”

Follow this link to download the guide for free.

Great Britain claimed gold in the men’s doubles and silver in the mixed doubles at the World University Games in South Korea, making it the most successful games ever for Great Britain’s tennis team.

Funded and supported by the Tennis Foundation, a team of six players made the trip to Gwangju, South Korea to compete in the prestigious event which is this second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics with 10,000 athletes taking part.

Darren Walsh from Southern Methodist University in Texas, and Joe Salisbury from the University of Memphis defeated home favourites Hyeon Cheung and Ji Sung Nam from South Korea 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the final to claim Britain’s first gold medal for ten years in the tennis competition.

Against the backdrop of a noisy South Korean crowd, the Brits recovered from a slow start in hot and humid conditions to win through, clinching a tight Championship tie-break 10-8 after some nerveless play at the net.

“This has been one of the best experiences of my tennis career and probably my greatest achievement,” said a delighted Salisbury. “The team environment we created was very special and made the trip so much fun.”

Having started their campaign by beating the top seeds from America, Martin Redlicki and Austin Rapp 6-1, 6-4, the British players excelled all week against higher-ranked opposition with their opponents Cheung and Nam in the final having an ATP singles ranking of 79 and an ATP doubles ranking of 286.

Darren Walsh added: “It's been a great week. The spirit within the tennis team has been fantastic and I've really enjoyed watching and being supported by the wider British team from all sports. To win a gold and silver is an amazing experience and something I will cherish for a long time."

Walsh enjoyed a doubly successful tournament after partnering Alex Walker from the University of Bath to silver in the mixed doubles. Walsh and Walker exceeded expectations to make the final defeating the number one seeds from Taiwain, Hsien-Yin Peng and Kai-Chen Chang in the semi-finals.

However, despite their best efforts they couldn’t match the highly experienced and consistent Belarussian pairing of Lidziya Marosova and Andrei Vasilevski, going down 6-2, 6-3 in the final to take the silver medal.

Alex Walker said: “Competing in the World University Games has been an incredible experience and has definitely been the highlight of my sporting career so far.

“The team spirit and atmosphere have really made the experience for me, and I couldn't ask for a better way to top it off than with a silver medal, except maybe winning gold!”

Alistair Higham, Team Manager and Universities Manager at the Tennis Foundation said: "The gold and silver medals are a result professionalism, hard work and fantastic team spirit.”


Both Joe Salisbury who won Gold and Alex Walker who won silver are graduates of our AASE programme

SkillsActive has produced a list of Required Qualifications to work within the Playwork sector in Wales which is available in English and Welsh. This provides guidance for employers and practitioners, training providers, regulatory bodies and other organisations on the required occupational qualifications for those working in the Playwork sector with children up to the age of 12 years.

The list should be used in conjunction with the qualification list produced by the Social Care Wales and any other sector skills council with responsibility for parts of the early years workforce working in different sectors (e.g. health, education). It should also be used in conjunction with service standards and regulations, where stipulated by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW).

This List of Required Qualifications to work within the Playwork Sector in Wales is fundamental to our work and supersedes all previous versions.

List of Required Qualifications (English)

List of Required Qualifications (Welsh)

Circular Letter Future qualification requirements (English)

Circular Letter Future qualification requirements (Welsh)

A Paisley hairdressing trainee has beaten the cream of Scottish apprentices across all trades to be named Scottish Training Federation Apprentice of the Year.

Reece Phimister, from the town’s Napier Hair and Beauty salon, was announced overall winner of the title on Tuesday evening (19 May) at a swanky ceremony held in the Garden Lobby of the Scottish Parliament building.

Nominated for the award by his training organisation, Ambition Centre for Training, 19-year-old Reece was one of three finalists who saw off tough competition from more than 50 young trainees across Scotland.

‘Hearing my name read out as the winner was beyond perfect. I’ve wanted to be a hairdresser forever, and I can’t express how grateful I am to my employer, Elaine Napier, for everything she’s done and for giving me the chance to fulfil my dream, and to the trainers at ACT for all their hard work and for having faith in me,’ said Reece, who is also shortlisted in the Glasgow Modern Apprentice Awards due to be held this Thurs.

Elaine Napier, who has mentored Reece personally since he started work with her two years ago, said Reece had a professional attitude that would take him far. She said: ‘Reece is already a winner at Napier Hair and Beauty. We’re all really proud of him and I reckon this is just the first recognition of his talents, with many more to come.’

ACT co-director Lynda McGivern said the title was a just reward. She said: ‘We see a lot of young people who put a lot of effort into their training and go on to build successful careers, but Reece is really something special. The win was well deserved and I’m sure he’ll one day be going on to great things nationally and internationally.’

With this being Mental Health Awareness week, SkillsActive and the Register of Personal Development Practitioners in Sport (RPDPS) are delighted to renew our relationship with Maudsley Learning as Media Partners for their annual 'Mental Health in Sport' conference taking place on 28th July 2015.

The one-day conference will bring together high profile sporting bodies, coaches, medical professionals and others involved in player welfare and performance to discuss key issues around mental health and wellbeing in the sport industry.

Speakers will include:

  • Prof. Dr. Astrid Junge, Head of Research, FIFA - Medical Assessment and Research Centre (F-MARC)
  • Dr. Ian Beasley, Head of Medical Services, the Football Association
  • Dr. Pippa Bennett, former Chief Medical Officer, England Women’s Football Team
  • Dr. Phil Cooper, Co-Founder, State of Mind
  • Ian Braid, CEO, British Athletes Commission
  • Ron Tulley, Head of Development, England Boxing
  • Oliver Jones, Mental Health Campaigner and Head Coach, Brooklands Tennis Club

The event is accredited CPD for all members of RPDPS. As media partners, we have secured a massive 45% discount on standard delegate passes. Enter promotion code ‘SkillsActive’ on the online booking page.



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course assessment
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Body Electrical
course assessment
Level 3 Level 3 SKABT21, SKABT1
course assessment
Level 3 Level 3 SKABT26, SKABT1
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Stone Therapy Level 3 Level 3 SKABT19, SKABT1
Microdermabrasion Level 3 Level 3 SKABT20, SKABT1
Aromatherapy Level 3 Level 3 SKABT17, SKABT1
Nail technician
Manicure Level 2 Level 2 SKANS2, SKANS1
Pedicure Level 2 Level 2 SKANS3, SKANS1
Advanced nail technician
Nail enhancements Level 3 Level 3 SKANS5, SKANS1
Airbrush Level 3 Level 3 SKANS12, SKANS1
Nail Art Level 3 Level 3 SKANS11, SKANS1
Gel Polish Level 3 Level 3 SKANS6, SKANS1
Powder & Liquid Level 3 Level 3 SKANS7, SKANS1
Spa Therapy
Spa Assistant Level 2 Level 2 SKAST1
Facial Care Level 2 Level 2 SKABT4, SKABT1, SKAST2
Hair Removal Level 2 Level 2 SKABT7, SKABT1, SKAST2
Manicure Level 2 Level 2 SKANS2, SKANS1, SKAST2
Pedicure Level 2 Level 2 SKANS3, SKANS1, SKAST2
Eyelashes Level 2 Level 2 SKABT6, SKABT1, SKAST2
Eyebrows Level 2 Level 2 SKABT5, SKABT1, SKAST2
Make-Up Level 2 Level 2 SKABT10, SKABT1, SKAST2
Advanced Spa Therapy
Spa Maintenance & Safety Level 3 Level 3 SKAST1, SKAST2
Body Wrap Level 3 Level 3 SKAST3, SKAST1
Body Massage Level 3 Level 3 SKABT16, SKABT1, SKAST2
Aromatherapy Level 3 Level 3 SKABT17, SKABT1, SKAST2
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With just 36 days to go until the general election, our CEO Ian Taylor gives his opinion on the final budget announcement in his latest article for Leisure Opportunities.

Economic well-being is obviously important to millions of people across the country. However, I firmly believe our physical wellbeing is just as important as our economic wellbeing.

In the recent Budget announcement the new mental health strategy for young people and adults really caught my eye, as here at SkillsActive we welcome extra support to help young people with mental health problems get their lives back on track. Physical activity and access to sport is a proven way to help teenagers get to a better place.

I want to hard-wire fitness plans as part of treatment therapies within back to work programmes. SkillsActive is working with the Department of Health and the Department for Work and Pensions to achieve this objective, and is building partnerships with Work Programme providers to really make a difference.

We are also proud to be involved in delivering the strategy to widen access to physical activity and sport in colleges for 16-18 year olds. This is in partnership with Sport England and AOC Sport as part of the Active Colleges project, ensuring staff have the right skills to engage young people in sport and physical activity. One of our objectives after the general election is to bring together employers from our industry with schools, colleges and the Department for Education so that more young people under 18 can access gyms and fitness centres.

All of this means in the future that we will need more not fewer fitness and exercise apprentices, and apprentices with medical competence at Level 3 and 4 rather than Level 2.

With the great ‘apprenticeship expansion’ now on, the Conservatives have promised 3 million from 2015 to 2020, and Labour 80,000 extra starts for 18 year olds at Level 3 or higher. Yet, without employers none of these ambitions will be reached. SkillsActive will be working hard over the coming months with our employers to meet the needs of our industry and the wellbeing of the nation.

You can read the latest issue of Leisure Opportunities in full here