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A serious evening of industry insight took place last month, as 150 of the industry’s top training companies, employers, colleagues, higher education providers and commercial vocational providers gathered at the inaugural Active Training Awards Ceremony at the Crowne Plaza in Marlow.

Exceptional performance 

The aim of the awards was to recognise and toast exceptional performance and commitment to vocational training and development within the physical activity sector. Key organisations and people who triumphed on the night include Future Fit Training, Swimming Nature, ICON TRAINING, Piloxing, GLL, Aspire/InstructAbility, Schwinn Cycling, Life Time Training and Gary Paish of Everyone Active. The Active Training Awards is run in partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and is sponsored by Active IQ.

Active Training

The Active Training Awards consolidates a positive shift in the area of training and workforce development over the past 12 months. In particular, this includes the awarding last month of Trailblazer status to the physical activity sector, placing responsibility for defining apprenticeship standards for personal trainers and leisure managers in the hands of employers.

ukactive’s CEO and CIMSPA’s chairman David Stalker said, “Training and development is rapidly changing to meet demands in today’s workforce.”

The CEO commented on “driving the discernable shift” in training standards and how it’s great to be able to recognise top players across the breadth of the industry as they continue to deliver the best-in-class vocational training he describes as a “bedrock” of our society.

David Stalker, CEO, ukactive and Chairman, CIMSPA

David Stalker, CEO, ukactive and Chairman, CIMSPA


Full list of winners

Innovative Training Programme of the Year – Future Fit Training

Innovative Concept of the Year – Swimming Nature

Large Training Provider of the Year – ICON TRAINING

Small Training Provider of the Year – Piloxing

Employer of the Year – GLL

Special Populations Training Programme of the Year – Aspire/InstructAbility

Supplier Learning & Development Provider of the Year – Schwinn Cycling

Apprenticeships & Traineeships Provider of the Year – Lifetime Training

Most Inspiring Physical Activity Professional – Gary Paish, Everyone Active

Nigel Wallace, client services director at Lifetime Training, collected Lifetime’s award on the night:

“This is a very significant award for us and by retaining it, it is one that demonstrates our ongoing dedication and commitment to both our customers and learners. Our aim is to continue to invest in quality training and development programmes that deliver real impact for the sector’s businesses while creating the very best career opportunities for our learners.”

The impressive win follows a raft of awards in the sector, including the 2014 ukactive Flame Awards Supplier of the Year accolade.

In other news, Fitness First has been awarded a two-star accreditation. Read the full story here