Next month SkillsActive will be attending FIBO 2015, Europe’s leading trade show for fitness, wellness and health. The annual event takes place in Cologne, Germany and this year celebrates its 30th year. Members of SkillsActive’s Professional Development Team will be in attendance on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th April to explore endorsement opportunities with current and potential training providers from Europe and across the world. A number of European-based training providers have already gained endorsement through SkillsActive as a way to access the growing fitness market in the UK.
SkillsActive’s Head of Professional Development, Tom Bell, is looking forward to attending the show:
“We are delighted to attend FIBO 2015 to be able to offer European training providers the opportunity to access the lucrative UK market using the power of endorsement through SkillsActive and the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs). Having attended in previous years we know first-hand the dynamic ideas, concepts and training methods in Europe and the impact these can have on the UK fitness industry.”
As we all know physical activity is a cost effective measure in reducing the risk of diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, while fostering social interaction, community participation, and improved levels of social cohesion.
SkillsActive and REPs are delighted to be taking the lead in developing a training package to be used by exercise professionals involved in a new study - The Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Ageing (PAHA) project - and will be co-ordinating the delivery of the activity intervention in the UK.
The PAHA project is a tailored intervention for older adults with different functional capacities. Through a supervised and structured exercise programme for older adults (55-65 years old), PAHA intends to convert currently inactive people into regular exercisers at a level that is beneficial to their health, supporting the EU Guidelines on Physical Activity and the European Week of Sport.
Commenting on SkillsActive’s and REPs involvement, Compliance and Standards Manager Rob Wilkie said:
“It’s fantastic that we can be involved in projects like Promoting Physical Activity and Health in Ageing. With a growing ageing population in the UK it’s important we develop the right programmes to ensure the future health and wellbeing of older adults.”
In each one of the 8 project partner countries – Denmark, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal and the United Kingdom – 3 fitness centres will run 3 trial sessions of supervised exercise of 6 weeks duration, for 15 participants at each session. The aim is to create a methodology that can easily be adapted and replicated in different settings, allowing more citizens to take up regular exercise and health-enhancing physical activities.