Ensuring a fit and active future for everyone

Leisure Industry Week on 20-21 September will host educational sessions addressing how play can tackle the issue of inactivity and how schools can develop their sports facilities.

Leisure Industry Week (LIW) is the UK’s biggest health and leisure trade show and the largest gathering of leisure decision makers, influencers and buyers in Britain, bringing together thousands of like-minded professionals to shape the future and growth of the sector. Fresh off the successful first edition, BodyPower is pleased to introduce the new look LIW, featuring six distinct educational streams, each with a targeted marketing campaign to attract new footfall and reach visitors who had never considered LIW in the past.

Featuring seminars on employee engagement, business strategy, social media marketing, and point of use sales, delegates will discover education streams on Health, Fitness, Play, Wet Leisure & Spa, Sport and Facilities Management with a dedicated timetable of industry leading speakers including a host of keynote names mixing celebrity, sport and business.

Steve Orton, UK managing director, said: “Our goal is to put on a world class event that provides relevant and worthwhile experience for all roles and positions within the industry. We don’t want people to come for just one seminar, we want visitors to come to LIW and benefit from an entire day of world class education, networking and to see the latest equipment and services on the market. I firmly believe that the new format of LIW will allow us to realise this vision and enable us to put on a comprehensive program that anyone operating in the sector will benefit from immensely.”

Supported by SPORTA, the national association of leisure and cultural trusts, the Health education stream will focus on the impact of physical activity on the nation’s health and how the leisure industry has a huge role to play in driving change.

With the aim of tackling the inactivity epidemic and creating a health conscious mindset throughout the population, the Health education stream will cover a wide range of major topical issues which impact on people’s lives, day in day out. Seminars focus on everything from children through to the ever expanding ageing population, from the impact of physical activity on mental health and how healthy lifestyles can be promoted through positive stimuli.

The seminar programme will also highlight the benefits of integrating physical activity into everyday operations and how the industry can benefit commercially from an increased emphasis on health practices such as physiotherapy, chiropractorcy and rehabilitation. The link between leisure, physical activity, health, medicine and fitness should be closer than ever, and the Health education stream will cover topical issues that ensure a stronger bond between professionals.

A world class education programme offers fitness professionals the opportunity to advance their knowledge and education over two action packed days. Listen and learn from the industry’s finest educators, coaches and professionals enabling any level of fitness professional to come away from LIW feeling inspired and motivated.

The fitness stream consists of three focal areas: The Fitness Business School, offering business acumen for fitness professionals; Practical Coaching, with theoretical and practical application of topical trends and speaking points designed to improve client’s results; and the Gym Operators conference to support the effective running of a fitness centre.

Fitness Business School
The Fitness Business School offers fitness professionals the ability to learn from the fitness industry’s most prominent coaches and educators that have developed their own businesses successfully. With over 200 years of combined experience, the Fitness Business School will enable you to change your career for the better, through high quality advice, round tables and cutting edge information.

There are numerous avenues for a fitness professional to advance in, and the Fitness Business School will ensure you have a rounded view of the industry, helping you understand how to drive your business forward, how you can gain more clients on a commercial gym floor through to understanding how social media and digital media have changed a fitness professional’s life.

With over £5,000 worth of knowledge and advice shared, the Fitness Business School is an unmissable event for any aspiring fitness professional who wants to make a difference in the fitness industry.

Training and Nutrition
Two days of world class education will ensure fitness professionals come away having taken on board practical and evidence based information that can be applied on a daily basis in a facility or online with clients. Designed to provide trainers, coaches and industry professionals with workshops, this will provide hands on opportunities and lectures to increase knowledge.

With a focus on the latest theoretical developments in the fields of training and nutrition, the theatre will cover a range of topics including training styles for hypertrophy, female training considerations, HIIT training, macronutrient variations based on gender, coaching contest meal preparation and encouraging lifestyle changes for weight loss.

Independent Operators Conference
Created specifically to support the owners of independent gyms, the Independent Operators Conference will deliver a host of seminars to improve business performance at low cost. Visitors will discover seminars covering free marketing options such as Facebook and Linkedin, the importance of human interaction in the retention process, optimal staffing to meet core business requirements and the creating a customer culture so your members will never want to leave.

Play is the primary activity for many children and can provide the perfect platform to get people active as an effective alternative to the gym.
The Play education stream will tackle the issue of inactivity through the medium of play and will offer practical insight into how play businesses can boost their commercial performance by creating a wider appeal for families.

Providing seminars on differentiation, branding, market diversification, safeguarding and training needs, the Play education stream will explain the importance of play to all ages and backgrounds, creating facilities for active and game based play and provide operators with the tools to attract new audiences and boost profitability. The Play education stream is ideally tailored for: hotels; campsites; schools; councils; visitor attractions; country parks; adventure parks; activity centres; and academies.

The Sports education stream will focus on two main themes – encouraging sporting participation and developing sports facilities. Delegates will discover workshops with a host of leading brands providing practical tools and tips for raising awareness of your sport and creating interest from new groups and demographics.

The Sports education stream will also tackle the often daunting process of facilities development, offering practical advice on planning, material selection and multi-use considerations.

This stream is ideal for anyone working in the sports industry or looking to add sports to their business. The seminar programme is designed specifically for: national governing bodies; schools; universities; sports clubs; sports facilities; local councils; gym chains; golf clubs; functional training specialists; strength and conditioning coaches; groundskeepers; and sports coaches.

Facilities Management
Delivered in partnership with Facilities Management Forum and Sport & Leisure Facilities Forum, the education programme will be devoted to all aspects of the design and layout of a leisure facility. Delegates can leave this theatre armed with the knowledge to effectively set up their own facilities to maximise sales and customer experience.

Designed to support you in improving customer experience and operational efficiency, the seminar programme will feature topics and discussion on entry systems, energy efficiency, booking software, lighting, flooring, layout, planning and much more.

The Facilities Management education stream is ideal for anyone responsible for the day design and maintenance of a facility. The seminar programme is designed for: facilities managers; procurement teams; architects; interior designers; specifiers; pool maintenance professionals; IT professionals; cleaners; and operations managers.

Spa & Wet Leisure
This stream will focus on increasing swimming participation and improving operational efficiency to increase revenue and drive down costs. In partnership with STA and SPATA, the Spa and Wet Leisure education stream will deliver seminars on effective programming for swimming classes, water treatment, health and safety and filtration, to provide delegates with the tools to save on costs and boost revenue.

The Spa and Wet Leisure education stream is targeted at: swimming coaches; water parks; spas; pool designers; swimming pools; gym chains; pool maintenance professionals; engineers; leisure trusts; and councils.

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