Uniting the Industry: Challenge Accepted!
Rome, Italy – 28 November 2017
The International Standards Meeting (ISM) continues to be one of the most important events for the fitness sector. This year’s event, organised by EuropeActive, welcomed more than 130 delegates from 23 different countries. With ‘Uniting the Fitness Industry through Education’ as the main theme, delegates were able to learn from and contribute to high level discussions, including updating the educational standards for personal trainers and employer engagement.
Julian Berriman, Director of the EuropeActive Professional Standards Committee, opened the International Standards Meeting in Rome, Italy, 23-24 November. The event was hosted by ANIF at their prestigious Sports Forum facility. It almost doubled the numbers of last year in terms of attendees with 135 participants from across Europe. Mr Berriman introduced the theme and spoke passionately about the need for key stakeholders to be intimately involved in the training of fitness professionals.
Key presentations from the event included the release of preliminary results from an extensive EuropeActive survey of the personal training market, which had achieved over 4,000 responses. This represented the biggest survey of its kind ever conducted in the fitness industry. The survey was sponsored by Miha Bodytech and TomTom. It proofs EuropeActive’s desire to provide key research to form the future development of the industry.
In keeping with the theme of ensuring the relevance of standards the latest updates to EuropeActive’s educational standards were unveiled and discussed with the group. The event represented part of the consultation process for additions to the standards in the areas of communication, business skills and working with new technologies. Plans for the continued development of a European Journal of Exercise Professionals to provide the evidence that, as an industry, we need to underpin the credibility of the sector, were also announced.
Never stop learning
However, perhaps the most significant session was the launch of the EREPS Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). Mr Berriman outlined the key features of the LLP which will support EREPS members to complete 10 hours of on-going continuing education on an annual basis. Committing to a programme of lifelong learning is a central principle for any professional wishing to progress and thrive within their sector of professional practice.
The event was closed with a call to all those present to accept the challenge ahead and continue to work together to ensure the best possible training of fitness professionals across Europe. Training that is relevant, fit for purpose and in the best interests of fitness sector workers, employers, training providers and most importantly, consumers.
EuropeActive would like to thank ISM 2017 sponsors: