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About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit membership body for the physical activity sector, bringing together more than 4,000 member organisations and partners in our shared ambition to get More People, More Active, More Often. From gyms, leisure centres, sports bodies and other activity providers, to health bodies, tech firms, major consumer brands and equipment manufacturers, our community collaborates across the private, public and third sectors. ukactive facilitates high-impact partnerships, conceives and drives breakthrough campaigns, conducts critical research and lobbies the Government to recognise the power of the physical activity sector to address today’s biggest issues – including ‘levelling up’ health, reducing the burden on the NHS and social care, reducing crime, revitalising high streets and communities, and tackling loneliness.

Key products and services
We deliver a world-class membership service which is designed to support your organisation to grow. ukactive members form a community of organisations which represents the most powerful network in the industry, supporting knowledge-sharing, new research, business improvement, and collective lobbying.

Tailored member benefits ensure your organisation has access to the latest industry news, reports and business intelligence to inform your decisions and help you grow. Member newsletters, webinars and networking events provide support from our highly skilled and dedicated team, as well as strategic leads with expertise in the critical areas for sector growth. Members also receive important government policy updates and essential technical updates for your operations, as well as discounts on ukactive events, award entries, and services from partners.

Members of our Strategic Partner Group receive access to exclusive networking events and promotional opportunities, providing a valuable platform for sector leadership, communication and new business.
ukactive video gallery:
Key personnel
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair
Huw Edwards, CEO
Steven Scales, Director of Membership and Sector Development
Jack Shakespeare, Director of Research, Policy and Communications
Key customers
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, fitness studios, swimming pools, sports bodies, activity providers, equipment suppliers, technology suppliers, health bodies, education bodies, health charities, consumer fitness brands
updates & press releases
11 Oct 2022
Amy Williams, Victoria O’Byrne and Katy Cox join ukactive Board of Directors
ukactive is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members: Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams MBE, PR specialist Victoria O’Byrne and management consultant Katy Cox.

Amy and Victoria join the Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect, marking the first appointments under ukactive’s new Chair, Mike Farrar, who took over from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on 1 September.

They join Katy, who was appointed as Treasurer in April, and each will serve an initial three-year term.

The new Board members join at a crucial time for the physical activity sector, as ukactive drives forward with its plans for the development and growth of the sector to reach more than five million new members as part of its Vision 2030 strategy.

Amy Williams is best known for becoming Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years, after winning Team GB’s only gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in the skeleton. Since retiring from the sport in 2012, Amy has worked in television, launched her own personal training and coaching business, and is also a motivational speaker.

Amy said: “I’ve long been an advocate of the incredible work that the physical activity sector does for our communities so I’m excited to have this chance to work with the ukactive Board to help lead the industry.

“ukactive’s members and partners have a huge role to play in the future of sport, health and wellbeing in the UK so this is an exciting time to work with ukactive on its mission to get more people active.”

Victoria O’Byrne is a seasoned communications and corporate affairs director, specialising in reputation management for high-profile individuals, organisations and campaigns. She has worked in executive roles in both the commercial and public sectors, and recently held the position of Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Victoria said: “I’m thrilled to join the Board of ukactive at such an important and exciting time for the growth of the sector.

“I have seen the sector’s reputation and influence growing over recent years and ukactive has an important role to play in continuing to shape the public health agenda. I am looking forward to working with Mike and the Board to support this.”

Katy Cox is a freelance management consultant, working with both public sector and commercial organisations across a wide range of strategic projects, specialising in developing business cases and strategies, advising organisations undertaking mergers and acquisitions, and undertaking governance reviews.

Katy said: “I’m really excited to join ukactive as Treasurer because the work that ukactive undertakes really resonates with me, and on a personal level I know how important being active is for my physical and mental wellbeing.

“Through my work with NHS organisations, I have seen the impact of the wider determinants of health and recognise the essential role the physical activity sector has to play in improving population health and wellbeing.”

Mike Farrar, Chair of ukactive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Amy, Victoria and Katy to the Board, and I know their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to ukactive.

“We have some incredible opportunities to grow the sector’s reach and impact over the coming years and the ukactive Board will work closely with the Executive and Councils to ensure our members are supported every step of the way.

“I look forward to working with our new Board members and on delivering our ambitious plans for ukactive and the sector we represent.”
Victoria O’Byrne, Amy Williams and Katy Cox Credit: ukactive
31 May 2022
ukactive Kids and Nike announce first ever UK finalists for Active School Hero
ukactive Kids, in partnership with Nike, has today (30 May) announced the eight finalists for this year’s Active School Hero Award, recognising their efforts to get pupils active.

The Active School Hero Award was created to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of primary school staff and activity providers working in schools to create fun environments for children to be active.

Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life – and it is where school staff can make a real difference, not only teaching, but motivating, empowering and inspiring children to get active and realise their full potential.

Now in its fourth year, the Award began in London before spreading to all regions in England in 2021. This year marks its full UK launch, with nominations received from schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 nominees and then reviewed by a judging panel made up of representatives from, Sport England, afPE, The Daily Mile, Women In Sport, London Sport and Active Scotland and ukactive, in order to choose two winners for each of the four nations.

The eight national finalists of the Active School Hero Award 2022 are:

England:

Jonny Lee, Red Oak Primary School, Suffolk.
Jonny goes above and beyond to support the children of Red Oak Primary School and the wider community to be physically active and he has played a fundamental role in the school’s sporting success.

Issachar Nicholls, Ravenstone Primary School, London.
Issachar has multiple roles in the lives of the children at school. He is a teaching assistant and also runs a multi-sports and football coaching club called Balham Ballers.

Scotland

Danny Hubbard, Burntisland Primary School, Fife.
Danny has been using sport as a tool for engaging children in school and celebrating their achievements. Danny is the go-to person in the school for anything sport- or activity-related and has given up many lunchtimes and time after school to run a variety of clubs for the school’s 500 pupils.

Shani Davidov, Kirknewton Primary School, near Edinburgh.
Shani is an energetic, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who always goes above and beyond her role. She builds positive relationships with pupils, recognises children who require additional support and continually encourages children to challenge themselves and give things a go.

Wales

Angharad Evans, Aberdare Town Church Primary School, near Merthyr Tydfil.
Angharad inspires the pupils by promoting exercise and healthy living. She organises after-school clubs from girls football to dance and yoga. She also developed sports ambassadors in school who promote being active among their peers.

Morgan Harris, Penyrheol Primary, near Swansea.
Morgan created ‘Mr Ffit’, who combines enthusing children to take part in fun physical exercise, and to think about their mental health and healthy eating. Sessions are lively and tailored to the age of the audience.

Northern Ireland

Nula Breen, St Mary's Primary School, Draperstown.
Nula is a keen runner and cyclist and does not allow her own diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to hold her back. There are a number of ways she works to ensure the children are healthy and active, however, two outstanding projects, organised and run by Nula deserve a mention – ‘My Marathon’ and the school garden.

Emma Toner, St Teresa's School, Belfast.
Emma has worked at the school for more than 18 years. Throughout this time she has shown a passion for promoting physical activity in the school. In 2019, she introduced The Daily Mile to the school and continued to promote this during lockdown.

The eight finalists will be invited to the ukactive Awards ceremony at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Thursday, 30 June 2022, where the overall UK winner will be announced.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive said: “We are delighted that this year we have seen so many outstanding nominations from all over the UK, which really shows the army of Active School Heroes we have in our primary schools.

“Congratulations to every Active School Hero who was nominated for the award, you should be proud to be recognised for your contribution to keeping children happy, healthy and active.

“These heroes play a vital role in making sure that children are able to benefit from physical activity, which must form a cornerstone of school life for the health and wellbeing of the next generation.

“We look forward to meeting the finalists at the ukactive Awards this summer and celebrating the incredible work they do every day.”

Dan Burrows, Nike’s Senior Director of Social & Community Impact, EMEA, said: “It is an honour to recognise the work of primary school staff and coaches across the Four Nations with our Active School Hero programme.

“As we return to sport, it’s more important than ever for kids to be physically active. The coaches we have shortlisted inspire us with the commitment and fun they bring to engaging all kids in sport.

“Daily, they leverage the power of play to help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Nike is proud to recognise and celebrate their contribution in their respective communities.”
Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life Credit: ukactive
ukactive: news from HCMmag.com and fittechglobal.com
A number of the UK's local authorities and their leisure management partners are in crisis due to rising energy costs, with around 40 per cent saying leisure centres and swimming pools will be closed or services reduced before March 2023 unless they receive immediate confirmation of additional grants from the government.
UK Active and Nike have released an impact report for the 2022 Open Doors programme, proving it's a scalable model that could help keep thousands of children active during the holidays.
Members of Parliament in the UK and their teams are taking part in a physical activity challenge hosted by UK Active and Myzone between 2 and 30 November.
The UK government has announced it will subsidise energy bills by at least 50 per cent for businesses, charities and public sector organisations for six months, starting from 1 October 2022.
Operators across the physical activity sector open up to the public today offering free sessions and activities in celebration of National Fitness Day, an initiative organised by industry body, UK Active.
UK Active and the Churchill Fellowship – the operating name of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – are searching for innovative exercise-inspired projects that could transform people’s mental and physical health.
ukactive: featured in HCM and FIT tech magazines
UK Active’s Alex Lucas explains the findings of a new report which shows how the fitness and leisure sector can help transform workforce activity levels in the new hybrid workplace
Research: Girls allowed
Disengagement from sport and exercise is much higher among girls than boys. The key dropout points are starting and then leaving secondary school. What more can the industry do to keep females active or encourage them to start participating?
The pandemic brought about our sector’s biggest ever collaboration on COVID safety data. Lizzie Broughton tells the story
300th edition: A pause for thought
To celebrate the publication of the 300th edition of HCM, we’ve invited industry experts to give their insights on the health and fitness sector: why they joined, the most exciting development to date and what they think we’ll be reporting on in the next 300 issues...
Steven Ward, Chief transformation officer, GO fit, ukactive 2006-2019
Everyone's talking about: Disability
Research shows people with disabilities and long term conditions are much less active, yet there’s a desire among these populations to be more active. What are the barriers and how can operators remove them? Kath Hudson reports
ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO, ukactive
Huw Edwards, CEO
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Contact  |  Updates
About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit membership body for the physical activity sector, bringing together more than 4,000 member organisations and partners in our shared ambition to get More People, More Active, More Often. From gyms, leisure centres, sports bodies and other activity providers, to health bodies, tech firms, major consumer brands and equipment manufacturers, our community collaborates across the private, public and third sectors. ukactive facilitates high-impact partnerships, conceives and drives breakthrough campaigns, conducts critical research and lobbies the Government to recognise the power of the physical activity sector to address today’s biggest issues – including ‘levelling up’ health, reducing the burden on the NHS and social care, reducing crime, revitalising high streets and communities, and tackling loneliness.

Key products and services
We deliver a world-class membership service which is designed to support your organisation to grow. ukactive members form a community of organisations which represents the most powerful network in the industry, supporting knowledge-sharing, new research, business improvement, and collective lobbying.

Tailored member benefits ensure your organisation has access to the latest industry news, reports and business intelligence to inform your decisions and help you grow. Member newsletters, webinars and networking events provide support from our highly skilled and dedicated team, as well as strategic leads with expertise in the critical areas for sector growth. Members also receive important government policy updates and essential technical updates for your operations, as well as discounts on ukactive events, award entries, and services from partners.

Members of our Strategic Partner Group receive access to exclusive networking events and promotional opportunities, providing a valuable platform for sector leadership, communication and new business.
updates & press releases
11 Oct 2022
Amy Williams, Victoria O’Byrne and Katy Cox join ukactive Board of Directors
ukactive is delighted to announce the appointment of three new Board members: Winter Olympics gold medallist Amy Williams MBE, PR specialist Victoria O’Byrne and management consultant Katy Cox.

Amy and Victoria join the Board as Independent Non-Executive Directors with immediate effect, marking the first appointments under ukactive’s new Chair, Mike Farrar, who took over from Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson on 1 September.

They join Katy, who was appointed as Treasurer in April, and each will serve an initial three-year term.

The new Board members join at a crucial time for the physical activity sector, as ukactive drives forward with its plans for the development and growth of the sector to reach more than five million new members as part of its Vision 2030 strategy.

Amy Williams is best known for becoming Britain’s first solo Winter Olympics champion in 30 years, after winning Team GB’s only gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in the skeleton. Since retiring from the sport in 2012, Amy has worked in television, launched her own personal training and coaching business, and is also a motivational speaker.

Amy said: “I’ve long been an advocate of the incredible work that the physical activity sector does for our communities so I’m excited to have this chance to work with the ukactive Board to help lead the industry.

“ukactive’s members and partners have a huge role to play in the future of sport, health and wellbeing in the UK so this is an exciting time to work with ukactive on its mission to get more people active.”

Victoria O’Byrne is a seasoned communications and corporate affairs director, specialising in reputation management for high-profile individuals, organisations and campaigns. She has worked in executive roles in both the commercial and public sectors, and recently held the position of Communications Secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

Victoria said: “I’m thrilled to join the Board of ukactive at such an important and exciting time for the growth of the sector.

“I have seen the sector’s reputation and influence growing over recent years and ukactive has an important role to play in continuing to shape the public health agenda. I am looking forward to working with Mike and the Board to support this.”

Katy Cox is a freelance management consultant, working with both public sector and commercial organisations across a wide range of strategic projects, specialising in developing business cases and strategies, advising organisations undertaking mergers and acquisitions, and undertaking governance reviews.

Katy said: “I’m really excited to join ukactive as Treasurer because the work that ukactive undertakes really resonates with me, and on a personal level I know how important being active is for my physical and mental wellbeing.

“Through my work with NHS organisations, I have seen the impact of the wider determinants of health and recognise the essential role the physical activity sector has to play in improving population health and wellbeing.”

Mike Farrar, Chair of ukactive, said: “I am delighted to welcome Amy, Victoria and Katy to the Board, and I know their knowledge and expertise will be invaluable to ukactive.

“We have some incredible opportunities to grow the sector’s reach and impact over the coming years and the ukactive Board will work closely with the Executive and Councils to ensure our members are supported every step of the way.

“I look forward to working with our new Board members and on delivering our ambitious plans for ukactive and the sector we represent.”
Victoria O’Byrne, Amy Williams and Katy Cox Credit: ukactive
31 May 2022
ukactive Kids and Nike announce first ever UK finalists for Active School Hero
ukactive Kids, in partnership with Nike, has today (30 May) announced the eight finalists for this year’s Active School Hero Award, recognising their efforts to get pupils active.

The Active School Hero Award was created to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of primary school staff and activity providers working in schools to create fun environments for children to be active.

Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life – and it is where school staff can make a real difference, not only teaching, but motivating, empowering and inspiring children to get active and realise their full potential.

Now in its fourth year, the Award began in London before spreading to all regions in England in 2021. This year marks its full UK launch, with nominations received from schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 nominees and then reviewed by a judging panel made up of representatives from, Sport England, afPE, The Daily Mile, Women In Sport, London Sport and Active Scotland and ukactive, in order to choose two winners for each of the four nations.

The eight national finalists of the Active School Hero Award 2022 are:

England:

Jonny Lee, Red Oak Primary School, Suffolk.
Jonny goes above and beyond to support the children of Red Oak Primary School and the wider community to be physically active and he has played a fundamental role in the school’s sporting success.

Issachar Nicholls, Ravenstone Primary School, London.
Issachar has multiple roles in the lives of the children at school. He is a teaching assistant and also runs a multi-sports and football coaching club called Balham Ballers.

Scotland

Danny Hubbard, Burntisland Primary School, Fife.
Danny has been using sport as a tool for engaging children in school and celebrating their achievements. Danny is the go-to person in the school for anything sport- or activity-related and has given up many lunchtimes and time after school to run a variety of clubs for the school’s 500 pupils.

Shani Davidov, Kirknewton Primary School, near Edinburgh.
Shani is an energetic, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who always goes above and beyond her role. She builds positive relationships with pupils, recognises children who require additional support and continually encourages children to challenge themselves and give things a go.

Wales

Angharad Evans, Aberdare Town Church Primary School, near Merthyr Tydfil.
Angharad inspires the pupils by promoting exercise and healthy living. She organises after-school clubs from girls football to dance and yoga. She also developed sports ambassadors in school who promote being active among their peers.

Morgan Harris, Penyrheol Primary, near Swansea.
Morgan created ‘Mr Ffit’, who combines enthusing children to take part in fun physical exercise, and to think about their mental health and healthy eating. Sessions are lively and tailored to the age of the audience.

Northern Ireland

Nula Breen, St Mary's Primary School, Draperstown.
Nula is a keen runner and cyclist and does not allow her own diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to hold her back. There are a number of ways she works to ensure the children are healthy and active, however, two outstanding projects, organised and run by Nula deserve a mention – ‘My Marathon’ and the school garden.

Emma Toner, St Teresa's School, Belfast.
Emma has worked at the school for more than 18 years. Throughout this time she has shown a passion for promoting physical activity in the school. In 2019, she introduced The Daily Mile to the school and continued to promote this during lockdown.

The eight finalists will be invited to the ukactive Awards ceremony at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Thursday, 30 June 2022, where the overall UK winner will be announced.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive said: “We are delighted that this year we have seen so many outstanding nominations from all over the UK, which really shows the army of Active School Heroes we have in our primary schools.

“Congratulations to every Active School Hero who was nominated for the award, you should be proud to be recognised for your contribution to keeping children happy, healthy and active.

“These heroes play a vital role in making sure that children are able to benefit from physical activity, which must form a cornerstone of school life for the health and wellbeing of the next generation.

“We look forward to meeting the finalists at the ukactive Awards this summer and celebrating the incredible work they do every day.”

Dan Burrows, Nike’s Senior Director of Social & Community Impact, EMEA, said: “It is an honour to recognise the work of primary school staff and coaches across the Four Nations with our Active School Hero programme.

“As we return to sport, it’s more important than ever for kids to be physically active. The coaches we have shortlisted inspire us with the commitment and fun they bring to engaging all kids in sport.

“Daily, they leverage the power of play to help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Nike is proud to recognise and celebrate their contribution in their respective communities.”
Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life Credit: ukactive
ukactive: news from HCMmag.com and fittechglobal.com
A number of the UK's local authorities and their leisure management partners are in crisis due to rising energy costs, with around 40 per cent saying leisure centres and swimming pools will be closed or services reduced before March 2023 unless they receive immediate confirmation of additional grants from the government.
UK Active and Nike have released an impact report for the 2022 Open Doors programme, proving it's a scalable model that could help keep thousands of children active during the holidays.
Members of Parliament in the UK and their teams are taking part in a physical activity challenge hosted by UK Active and Myzone between 2 and 30 November.
The UK government has announced it will subsidise energy bills by at least 50 per cent for businesses, charities and public sector organisations for six months, starting from 1 October 2022.
Operators across the physical activity sector open up to the public today offering free sessions and activities in celebration of National Fitness Day, an initiative organised by industry body, UK Active.
UK Active and the Churchill Fellowship – the operating name of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – are searching for innovative exercise-inspired projects that could transform people’s mental and physical health.
ukactive: featured in HCM and FIT tech magazines
UK Active’s Alex Lucas explains the findings of a new report which shows how the fitness and leisure sector can help transform workforce activity levels in the new hybrid workplace
Research: Girls allowed
Disengagement from sport and exercise is much higher among girls than boys. The key dropout points are starting and then leaving secondary school. What more can the industry do to keep females active or encourage them to start participating?
The pandemic brought about our sector’s biggest ever collaboration on COVID safety data. Lizzie Broughton tells the story
300th edition: A pause for thought
To celebrate the publication of the 300th edition of HCM, we’ve invited industry experts to give their insights on the health and fitness sector: why they joined, the most exciting development to date and what they think we’ll be reporting on in the next 300 issues...
Steven Ward, Chief transformation officer, GO fit, ukactive 2006-2019
Everyone's talking about: Disability
Research shows people with disabilities and long term conditions are much less active, yet there’s a desire among these populations to be more active. What are the barriers and how can operators remove them? Kath Hudson reports
ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO, ukactive
Huw Edwards, CEO
ukactive video gallery:
Key personnel
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair
Huw Edwards, CEO
Steven Scales, Director of Membership and Sector Development
Jack Shakespeare, Director of Research, Policy and Communications
Key customers
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, fitness studios, swimming pools, sports bodies, activity providers, equipment suppliers, technology suppliers, health bodies, education bodies, health charities, consumer fitness brands