As the conference season is upon us, PD:Approval has been up and down the country on behalf of our membership organisations REPs and the STA. These events give us a great opportunity to meet up with our endorsed training providers, network with new providers and seeing what’s up and coming in both the fitness and sports therapy industry. At the same time we can also take advantage of the CPD opportunities available!
There events provide so many CPD opportunities for our members with numerous lecture theatres on offer and guest speakers, as well as having the chance to meet the experts in industry.
Tom Bell reports on the conferences attended by PD:Approval so far this year.
Our first conference was B:Fit where we met up with endorsed training providers Rebound UK and LesMills. Both training organisations put on an amazing show and truly inspired me to want to get back into group based exercise.
The event as a whole was about inspiring women looking to get physically active in Sport and Fitness and was held at the Design Centre in Islington, London which truly delivered above and beyond expectations. Definitely well worth a visit next year if you missed out. PS check out the food stalls if you go, they have some fantastic offers and some yummy healthy treats on the counter!
Then on to Body Power at the NEC where we had the fantastic opportunity to meet EduFit, a provider specialising in online education. I got to try out their virtual reality gym as well as their oculars where you can virtually walk around people doing exercises – what will they create next! Then we went on to meet Physical Company who provide fantastic innovative equipment for the fitness industry, and Be a Better You who has been a REPs recognised provider for a number of years.
Without taking a breath we were on to the next one, Elevate, which was at the Excel Centre, London in May. It was great to re-connect with those currently endorsed such as EMD UK, Jordan Fitness, Keiser, Les Mills, Schwinn, TRX, Technogym and Stair Master. We also touched base with industry friends from awarding organisations like Active IQ and VTCT and met new training providers looking to gain approval like Net Profit Explosion (NPE). There were some fantastic speakers discussing physical activity for health and well-being with over 4000 attendees.
The last convention we attended was Elite Sports Expo at the Excel this month. This event is new to me so all the more exciting, and didn’t fail in meeting my expectations, from the new equipment in neuro through to cryogenic cold chambers to aid recovery. It was great to get back to my Sports Therapy roots by meeting with sports therapists and supporting our Sports Therapy members.
I caught up with Gary Benson, founder of the Sports Therapy Association, on whose behalf we offer endorsement and got to meet some endorsed providers such as Kieser who were demonstrating their latest equipment, and showing how fitness can cross over to sports therapy. PD:Approval have had such a great response from training providers looking to come through the new endorsement for STA recognition, and we’re looking forward to welcoming new providers as a result of the conference.
See below for up and coming events calendar and book in to meet with us and see how we can work closer together.
Where we hope to be next
- LIW, Birmingham NEC 12-13 September
- SFN Expo, Glasgow 14-15 October
- National Fitness Conference, Leicester 1 December
Get in touch if you are going to be there too as it would be great to touch base with you!