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About ukactive
ukactive is the UK’s leading not-for-profit membership body for the physical activity sector, bringing together more than 4,000 member organisations and partners in our shared ambition to get More People, More Active, More Often. From gyms, leisure centres, sports bodies and other activity providers, to health bodies, tech firms, major consumer brands and equipment manufacturers, our community collaborates across the private, public and third sectors. ukactive facilitates high-impact partnerships, conceives and drives breakthrough campaigns, conducts critical research and lobbies the Government to recognise the power of the physical activity sector to address today’s biggest issues – including ‘levelling up’ health, reducing the burden on the NHS and social care, reducing crime, revitalising high streets and communities, and tackling loneliness.

Key products and services
We deliver a world-class membership service which is designed to support your organisation to grow. ukactive members form a community of organisations which represents the most powerful network in the industry, supporting knowledge-sharing, new research, business improvement, and collective lobbying.

Tailored member benefits ensure your organisation has access to the latest industry news, reports and business intelligence to inform your decisions and help you grow. Member newsletters, webinars and networking events provide support from our highly skilled and dedicated team, as well as strategic leads with expertise in the critical areas for sector growth. Members also receive important government policy updates and essential technical updates for your operations, as well as discounts on ukactive events, award entries, and services from partners.

Members of our Strategic Partner Group receive access to exclusive networking events and promotional opportunities, providing a valuable platform for sector leadership, communication and new business.
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Key personnel
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair
Huw Edwards, CEO
Steven Scales, Director of Membership and Sector Development
Jack Shakespeare, Director of Research, Policy and Communications
Key customers
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, fitness studios, swimming pools, sports bodies, activity providers, equipment suppliers, technology suppliers, health bodies, education bodies, health charities, consumer fitness brands
updates & press releases
31 May 2022
ukactive Kids and Nike announce first ever UK finalists for Active School Hero
ukactive Kids, in partnership with Nike, has today (30 May) announced the eight finalists for this year’s Active School Hero Award, recognising their efforts to get pupils active.

The Active School Hero Award was created to shine a spotlight on the amazing work of primary school staff and activity providers working in schools to create fun environments for children to be active.

Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life – and it is where school staff can make a real difference, not only teaching, but motivating, empowering and inspiring children to get active and realise their full potential.

Now in its fourth year, the Award began in London before spreading to all regions in England in 2021. This year marks its full UK launch, with nominations received from schools in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 20 nominees and then reviewed by a judging panel made up of representatives from, Sport England, afPE, The Daily Mile, Women In Sport, London Sport and Active Scotland and ukactive, in order to choose two winners for each of the four nations.

The eight national finalists of the Active School Hero Award 2022 are:

England:

Jonny Lee, Red Oak Primary School, Suffolk.
Jonny goes above and beyond to support the children of Red Oak Primary School and the wider community to be physically active and he has played a fundamental role in the school’s sporting success.

Issachar Nicholls, Ravenstone Primary School, London.
Issachar has multiple roles in the lives of the children at school. He is a teaching assistant and also runs a multi-sports and football coaching club called Balham Ballers.

Scotland

Danny Hubbard, Burntisland Primary School, Fife.
Danny has been using sport as a tool for engaging children in school and celebrating their achievements. Danny is the go-to person in the school for anything sport- or activity-related and has given up many lunchtimes and time after school to run a variety of clubs for the school’s 500 pupils.

Shani Davidov, Kirknewton Primary School, near Edinburgh.
Shani is an energetic, enthusiastic and inspiring teacher who always goes above and beyond her role. She builds positive relationships with pupils, recognises children who require additional support and continually encourages children to challenge themselves and give things a go.

Wales

Angharad Evans, Aberdare Town Church Primary School, near Merthyr Tydfil.
Angharad inspires the pupils by promoting exercise and healthy living. She organises after-school clubs from girls football to dance and yoga. She also developed sports ambassadors in school who promote being active among their peers.

Morgan Harris, Penyrheol Primary, near Swansea.
Morgan created ‘Mr Ffit’, who combines enthusing children to take part in fun physical exercise, and to think about their mental health and healthy eating. Sessions are lively and tailored to the age of the audience.

Northern Ireland

Nula Breen, St Mary's Primary School, Draperstown.
Nula is a keen runner and cyclist and does not allow her own diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis to hold her back. There are a number of ways she works to ensure the children are healthy and active, however, two outstanding projects, organised and run by Nula deserve a mention – ‘My Marathon’ and the school garden.

Emma Toner, St Teresa's School, Belfast.
Emma has worked at the school for more than 18 years. Throughout this time she has shown a passion for promoting physical activity in the school. In 2019, she introduced The Daily Mile to the school and continued to promote this during lockdown.

The eight finalists will be invited to the ukactive Awards ceremony at The International Convention Centre in Birmingham on Thursday, 30 June 2022, where the overall UK winner will be announced.

Huw Edwards, CEO of ukactive said: “We are delighted that this year we have seen so many outstanding nominations from all over the UK, which really shows the army of Active School Heroes we have in our primary schools.

“Congratulations to every Active School Hero who was nominated for the award, you should be proud to be recognised for your contribution to keeping children happy, healthy and active.

“These heroes play a vital role in making sure that children are able to benefit from physical activity, which must form a cornerstone of school life for the health and wellbeing of the next generation.

“We look forward to meeting the finalists at the ukactive Awards this summer and celebrating the incredible work they do every day.”

Dan Burrows, Nike’s Senior Director of Social & Community Impact, EMEA, said: “It is an honour to recognise the work of primary school staff and coaches across the Four Nations with our Active School Hero programme.

“As we return to sport, it’s more important than ever for kids to be physically active. The coaches we have shortlisted inspire us with the commitment and fun they bring to engaging all kids in sport.

“Daily, they leverage the power of play to help young people realise their potential and transform their lives. Nike is proud to recognise and celebrate their contribution in their respective communities.”
Studies have shown that physically active children do better in school – and in life Credit: ukactive
ukactive: news from sportsmanagement.co.uk and fittechglobal.com
The best in the business from across the physical activity sector were honoured last night (30 June) as the winners of the ukactive Awards 2022 were announced at Birmingham’s ICC.
At UK Active’s Active Uprising event yesterday (30 June) in Birmingham, Hattie Jones, the head of consumer engagement, announced that UK Active, Sport England’s This Girl Can and CIMPSA are teaming up to make gyms, health clubs and leisure centres safer and more inclusive for women.
Establishing new data and insight services and strengthening relationships with both government and the NHS are among UK Active's aims for 2022-23.
A special task force has been established to boost physical activity opportunities for people with disabilities.
Mike Farrar has been announced as the new chair at UK Active. His tenure will start in August 2022 when he takes over the position from Tanni Grey-Thompson, following her six-year stint
Key organisations from the UK’s leisure industry are lobbying the government for financial support to help operators manage the impact of rising energy prices.
ukactive: featured in Sports Management, HCM and Fit Tech magazines
The pandemic brought about our sector’s biggest ever collaboration on COVID safety data. Lizzie Broughton tells the story
300th edition: A pause for thought
To celebrate the publication of the 300th edition of HCM, we’ve invited industry experts to give their insights on the health and fitness sector: why they joined, the most exciting development to date and what they think we’ll be reporting on in the next 300 issues...
Steven Ward, Chief transformation officer, GO fit, ukactive 2006-2019
Everyone's talking about: Disability
Research shows people with disabilities and long term conditions are much less active, yet there’s a desire among these populations to be more active. What are the barriers and how can operators remove them? Kath Hudson reports
As the UK government’s social prescribing initiative gains momentum, Kenny Butler calls on the sector to step up and get involved
Fuel the debate about issues and opportunities across the industry. We’d love to hear from you – [email protected]
ukactive
Tel: 020 8158 9700
Address: The Bloomsbury Building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SL, United Kingdom
Huw Edwards, CEO
ukactive video gallery:
Key personnel
Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Chair
Huw Edwards, CEO
Steven Scales, Director of Membership and Sector Development
Jack Shakespeare, Director of Research, Policy and Communications
Key customers
Gyms, health clubs, leisure centres, fitness studios, swimming pools, sports bodies, activity providers, equipment suppliers, technology suppliers, health bodies, education bodies, health charities, consumer fitness brands