Sascha Linz, the Fitness First Germany Academy Manager has recently joined the EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee.
Sascha possesses a BA in Fitness Economics and an MA in Health Care Management. He has worked (and still practices) as a personal trainer since 2006 and for Fitness First Germany since 2011. FF Germany runs more than 80 fitness clubs with more than 270.000 members. Being a subsidiary company of the British Fitness First Group, the company is part of the worldwide leading fitness chain which includes more than 380 clubs in 16 countries.
Sascha has a genuine passion for the fitness industry and has a strong conviction of the importance of maintaining the quality of educational standards across Europe. As an employer member Sascha will have a positive impact on the work of the Committee in ensuring that the EuropeActive educational standards meet the needs of employers and remain fit for purpose. As the European Commission, Skills Agenda for Europe (2016) initiative states, ‘Skills are a pathway to employability and prosperity. With the right skills, people are equipped for good-quality jobs and can fulfil their potential as confident, active citizens.’ Involving employers in the standards setting process is therefore essential in ‘equipping’ fitness professionals to secure employment and thrive within the fitness sector.
'In my opinion the dissemination of the existing EuropeActive educational standards is one winning way to ensure transparency in training and provider quality all over Europe. The more professional training providers join EuropeActive the more quality there will be in the European fitness industry. In times where health is, should and must be the biggest value for ourselves, we have a role model function for all the fitness enthusiasts out there. Let’s go for it!'
Julian Berriman, the Director of the Professional Standards Committee said,
‘It is clear that educators as compared to employers and learners, often have different perceptions of how well prepared graduates are for the labour market. The contribution of employers such as Fitness First in setting educational standards for Europe will be vital in closing this gap in perceptions and, providing the a competent fitness sector workforce able to meet the employment challenges of the future.’