EuropeActive - Informing our sector during Covid19, preparing for reopening and the 'new normal'

Important Notice...During the Covid-19 pandemic it is important that you accept and follow the advice and guidance being given by your national government and health authorities. This advice may vary from country to country. Our news and stories are to help keep you informed on what is happening in the fitness sector, but they are not intended to replace, or to surpass, the advice intended for people or organisations in your country.


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Aug 25, 2020

The positive impact of physical activity and exercise on immune function; The critical prevention and recovery tool to fight a second wave of COVID-19

The first publication for 'Think Active' looks at the positive effects physical activity and exercise has on the immune system.

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Aug 25, 2020

Fitness and leisure sector demonstrates safety one month after reopening in England

Gyms and leisure facilities in England have seen more than eight million visits in the first three weeks since reopening, and just 17 positive COVID-19 cases, according to new data revealed today (25 August) by ukactive. Working with some of the biggest operators in the country, ukactive has collated a data sample from more than 1,300 of its members’ sites to analyse the prevalence of the virus within the sector’s facilities, from its reopening on 25 July to 16 August. For the full article click the link below.

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Aug 10, 2020

Leisure-net, Industry Confidence Survey Part 2 - August 2020

To get a better understanding of how Covid 19 is affecting your business, Leisure-net Solutions have launched part 2 of their confidence survey. Watch the Youtube video as David Monkhouse and Mike Hill discuss results from part one of the survey and talk about the importance of both Operator and Supplier feedback for part 2. To complete the survey, and receive a complimentary copy of the summary report, follow the link below.

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Jul 15, 2020

Webinar - The role of intermediaries and aggregators in the fitness sector ecosystem post-covid19

Join Andreas Paulsen, EuropeActive Executive Director, Jennifer Halsall de Wit (EuropeActive Board member), Basic-Fit International, Pietro Carmignani, CEO Europe, Gympass and Benjamin Roth, Co-Founder and CEO, Urban Sports Club as they discuss the role of intermediaries and aggregators in the fitness sector. We will post responses to unanswered questions shortly.

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Jul 10, 2020

ukactive - and partners welcome Government announcement of 25 July reopening date for fitness and leisure facilities in England

The announcement follows work between the Government, ukactive and Sport England to agree a safe plan for reopening gyms, leisure centres and other indoor facilities, including the development of new Government guidance also announced today.

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Jul 9, 2020

McKinsey & Company - How prioritizing health could help rebuild economies

Read the article from McKinsey & Company about how the COVID-19 pandemic has given the world a once-in-a-generation opportunity to advance broad-based health and prosperity.

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Jul 8, 2020

Webinar - Developing the roles to deliver Exercise as Medicine post-C19

Julian berriman is joined by distinguished panelists Francis Neric (MS, MBA, National Director of Certification, ACSM), Dr Kade Davison (Program Director for Clinical Exercise Physiology, University of South Australia) and Dr Andrew Scott (Course Leader, MSc/PgDip/PgCert Clinical Exercise Science, University of Portsmouth) to discuss how we continue to develop the educational pathways and occupational roles that will ensure that fitness professionals are effectively equipped to deliver exercise to at risk populations. We apologise for the poor audio in some parts of this webinar.

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Jul 1, 2020

Webinar - Active Leadership in the Fitness Sector

Being a good leader has never been more important with Covid-19 entering the world - with the pandemic and its consequences probably being the most challenging situation any leader/manager had to face in the last couple of decades. What is (has been) the effect of the corona crisis on leadership in the fitness sector? What makes a good leader in a time and situation that no one has experienced before? What skills are needed in this phase of reopening and the new normal? These topics are discussed in the Active Leadership webinar. With: Andreas Paulsen, Executive Director, EuropeActive, Jenifer Halsall de Wit, EuropeActive Board Member (Basic-Fit International), Miquel Lladó, Prof. of Strategy & Leadership, IESE Business School, Alan McFarlane, Executive Coach and Change Management Expert, Steven Scales, Client Services Director, ukactive

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Jun 26, 2020

HCM summarizes University of Oslo study.

Health Club Management summarizes the University of Oslo academic study which indicates there is no additional risk of catching Covid-19 in a fitness facility.

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Jun 26, 2020

University of Oslo academic research shows gym opening poses no additional risk of catching COVID-19

A new University of Oslo study shows no virus transmission or increase in COVID-19 disease related to the opening of fitness facilities that provide good hygiene and social distancing routines. For the full article click the link below.

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Jun 26, 2020

Fitness News Europe releases article on EuropeActive Strategy

EuropeActive revises strategic purpose for fitness industry as health the full asticle from Fitness News Europe

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Jun 24, 2020

Espana Activa - Estudio de Evaluación del Impacto de la pandemia del COVID-19 sobre el Ecosistema del Deporte en España

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Jun 24, 2020

ukactive - letter sent to Prime Minister

Today 24th June 2020, Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair, ukactive, sent a letter to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to express dissapointment at the decision to delay the reopening of indoor facilities within the sport and physical activity sector.

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Jun 24, 2020

Webinar - President’s Roundtable: Digital Startups in the Fitness Sector

The importance of digitalisation and tech developments has never been more visible. This much-needed informative webinar on the digital start-up community of the fitness sector ecosystem follows the format of EuropeActive's President Roundtable Webinars, focusing on strengthening that community and our ways of 'going digital' and/or using hybrid models. Andreas Paulsen, EuropeActive Executive Director, invites Ed Hubbard (4Global), Per Gunnar Nordahl (D-Fetch) and Mahmood Ul-Hassan (Motosumo) to share their experiences as 'start-ups' and Liz Terry, Leisure Media and FIT TECH Magazine, discusses with panelists as to how we may build the strongest possible digital and tech start-up community in our sector?

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Jun 19, 2020

EuropeActive - Critically rethinking for successful reopening of the European fitness and physical activity sector

This strategy paper informs you of our initial response to the Covid-19 crisis and our medium-term objectives - making way for the long-term strategising: a process that is set to start again in the coming weeks.

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