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Happy to chat

Posted: 21st Oct, 2019 by Dave Lee

Recently, whilst browsing through the usual gloomy and disheartening news feeds, I came across a heart-warming story. The article introduces us to an extremely simple, yet ingenious, idea which is reportedly gaining traction around the world – ‘Happy to Chat’ benches. These are basically public benches with signs attached saying “Happy to chat bench. Sit […]

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New government school sport initiative

Posted: 21st Aug, 2019 by Dave Lee

The Government has recently released its new School Sport and Activity Plan. This plan has several ambitions. Firstly, it seeks to increase physical activity participation levels so that all children and young people are doing at least 60 minutes each day in line with the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines; secondly, it wants children and young […]

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How many steps per day do we actually need?

Posted: 23rd Jul, 2019 by Dave Lee

I finally succumbed recently to buying and using a wearable; one of those watches that works in concert with your mobile phone to track various measures for health and fitness (such as heart rate and step count). I must also admit to getting rather fanatical since the purchase on attaining my 10,000 steps per day […]

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‘Good’ news from Ofsted

Posted: 7th Mar, 2019 by Liz Lee

We’re celebrating after being rated as a good provider by Ofsted following a three day inspection in February 2019 looking at personal trainer and exercise referral course provision. They have judged us to be a ‘good’ training provider overall and ‘outstanding’ in the area of ‘personal development, behaviour and welfare’. Read more here…

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New Safeguarding Qualification Launched

Posted: 10th Jan, 2019 by Nicola Robbins

We are pleased to announce that we now have an elearning safeguarding course now available. This course leads to a nationally recognised certificate awarded by Active IQ. The course will give you the knowledge and understanding to practise professionally within the areas of safeguarding and protecting children and vulnerable adults. In this qualification, you will […]

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CIMSPA Partner

Posted: 7th Jun, 2018 by Liz Lee

We are pleased to announce that we have been welcomed as an official CIMSPA Skills Development Partner. The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. You will see the CPD points allocated to over 20 of our qualifications.

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Our Matrix Success!

Posted: 6th Jan, 2018 by Liz Lee

We are delighted to announce that we have passed with flying colours the matrix inspection process that allows us to be accredited by the Matrix standard. This Standard provides a nationally recognised formal accreditation of our advice and support services.

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Physical activity and older adults

Posted: 15th Nov, 2016 by Dave Lee

The World Health Organisation has identified physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. Although by no means limited to older adults, a decline in physical activity is associated with aging. There are currently 11.4 million people aged 65 or over in the UK and life expectancy is predicted to continue to […]

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Are you really physically active?

Posted: 8th Jun, 2016 by Dave Lee

Everyone has a general understanding of the importance of exercise but there is often some confusion surrounding the specifics of what it means to be physically active. I have compiled the following list to help summarise the research surrounding this topic. Physical Activity- An Overview What is physical activity? Physical activity can be defined as […]

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The fun (and fear) of children’s sports

Posted: 21st Mar, 2016 by Dave Lee

I was very interested in the recent article published in The Telegraph regarding the Education Secretary’s comments about ‘banning children’ from playing sport. You can read the article here. Nicky Morgan states that playing games and participating in sport can help to develop children’s character traits that they need to succeed in life. She accuses […]

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