Job search
Job Search
Latest news
More news: (showing 1 - 20 of 12507)           
UK only International

Make physical activity a ‘national religion’, urges Tanni Grey-Thompson

By Rob Gibson    01 Nov 2017
Tanni Grey-Thompson used her keynote speech at ukactive's National Summit to call for urgent action to combat the physical inactivity crisis
Every day, parents, grandparents, wives and husbands are dying because they live in a society that doesn’t place enough emphasis on the importance of physical activity
– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has called on the government to help make physical activity a ‘national religion’ and harness its potential to tackle some of the biggest challenges faced by society.

Speaking at the ukactive National Summit today (1 November) in London, Grey-Thompson said urgent action is needed to combat the mounting physical inactivity crisis, which costs £20bn each year and causes 37,000 deaths.

The crossbench peer, who won 11 Paralympic gold medals as a wheelchair athlete, described physical activity as society’s ‘golden thread’ and outlined the impact it can have on issues such as Britain’s ageing population and social care crisis, the future of the NHS, childhood obesity, mental health, crime and economic productivity.

“Physical inactivity is one of the biggest crises we face,” said Grey-Thompson, who is chair of the non-profit health body ukactive. “Every day, parents, grandparents, wives and husbands are dying because they live in a society that doesn’t place enough emphasis on the importance of physical activity.

“For many, physical activity is becoming a national religion – something we love and cherish. Something that serves as the glue, holding communities together. And yet, there has been too little policy emphasis, and for too long, on what contributes to the health and happiness of a person, a family, a community.”

The speech comes as ukactive releases a new report on the impact of leisure facilities, which finds they have a social value of £3.3bn to communities nationwide. Physical activity: A social solution examines the impact that leisure facilities have on community health, as well as broader areas such as education, crime prevention and wellbeing.

Grey-Thompson added: “When communities were rocked this summer by awful tragedies like the Manchester bombing and the fire at Grenfell Tower, it was in leisure centres – like Holmes Chapel, Kensington, Swiss Cottage and Westway – where people gathered to make sense of the atrocities and provide charity to those who needed it most.

“Far from being places to simply gym and swim, these centres are pillars of society, steadfastly supporting communities through thick and thin.

“But many of these pillars are crumbling – in need of urgent repair and renovation to ensure they remain fit-for-purpose, fit for those communities they serve.”

Tanni Grey-Thompson  ukactive  National Summit 
Sign up for FREE ezines & magazines
Related news
Sports jobs
Everyone Active
featured job

Swimming Teachers

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive hourly rate
Job location: Nationwide, United Kingdom

Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary:
Location: MacDonald Road, London N19 5DD, UK

Apprentice Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Greenwich, London, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant

GLL
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Crystal Palace, London, UK

General Assistant

GLL
Salary: Up to £10.20 per hour
Location: Kentish Town, London, UK

Recreation Assistant

Kingston College
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: London, UK

Golf Course Contract Manager

LeisureForce
Salary: IRO £42,000 per annum tax-free
Location: London, UK

Fitness Club / Studio Manager (female only)

SportsJobs4Women
Salary: IRO £42,000 per annum tax-free
Location: London, UK
recruiting with sports management

Leisure Assistant

Hellidon Lakes Hotel
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Hellidon, Daventry, UK

Centre Manager

CV Life
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Coventry, UK

Children and Families Programme Manager

Mytime Active
Salary: Up to £35000 per annum
Location: Kent, England, UK

Recreation Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Fareham, UK

Climbing Wall Instructor

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive
Location: Stowmarket, UK

Sales and Events Manager

Inspiring healthy lifestyles
Salary: £20,617 + Commission
Location: Selby, UK

General Manager

énergie group
Salary: Competitive
Location: Canterbury, UK
recruiting with sports management

Sports Assistants

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Easton, Bristol, UK

Recreation Assistant

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive salary
Location: Rotherhithe, London, UK

Crew Member/Fitness Instructor

énergie group
Salary: Competitive
Location: Woolwich, London, UK

Club Host

énergie group
Salary: 18K per annum
Location: Woolwich, London, UK

Club Manager

Les Mills
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Recreation Assistant

Mytime Active
Salary: Up to £7.83 per hour
Location: Kent, England, UK

Apprentice Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £17,806 per annum (39 hours a weeks pro rata
Location: Gerrards Cross, UK
training with sports management

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Wembley, UK

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Southam

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Fleet, UK

Activity Leader Apprenticeship

Everyone Active
Salary: Competitive Salary & Benefits
Location: Aylesbury, UK

Senior Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £22,320 per annum
Location: Ruislip, West London

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Hackney, East London

Recreation Assistant (Lifeguard)

GLL
Salary: Up to £21,284 per annum
Location: Covent Garden, London
lifeguard jobs  swimming teacher jobs  apprenticeships jobs  Gymnastics Coach jobs  recreation assistant jobs  Swimming instructor jobs  duty manager jobs  personal trainer jobs  front of house jobs  Team Leader jobs  Chef jobs 
More jobs

Video Gallery

Fitness On Demand
No More Empty Studios. Seriously. Fitness On Demand™ Virtual Group Fitness.
Visit website
More videos

Company profile

Company profile: Matrix Fitness
Matrix strives to offer equipment that will captivate your members, is easy to maintain, and delivers the best return on investment.
Intuitive operations on our complete range of cardio equipment combine technology and entertainment to provide an engaging and challenging workout.
View full profile >
More company profiles

Featured Supplier

Alliance Leisure launches new training and marketing brand
In response to the continued success of Alliance Leisure’s client support services, the organisation has relaunched this part of the business under a new brand.
View full details >
More featured suppliers

Property & Tenders

Location: White Rocks, Hastings
Company: GVA
Location:
Company: Gravesham Borough Council
More properties & tenders

Diary dates

22-23 Sep 2018
Worldwide,
24-27 Sep 2018
Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Carlsbad, United States
29-30 Sep 2018
SEC Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom
04-05 Oct 2018
Heythrop Park Resort, Enstone, United Kingdom
More diary dates