On Friday, 20th September 2019 Paul Lengkeek and Alain Verzi of the Royal Dutch Power Sport and Fitness Association (Koninklijke Nederlandse Krachtsport & Fitnessbond – KNKF) and Julian Berriman and Anja Beverwijk, of EuropeActive’s Professional Standards Committee, signed a Memorandum of Trust and Understanding (MoUT) between their organisations. The MoUT lays down the terms for the future set up and operation of REPS-NL, the Dutch register for exercise professionals, and establishes the principle of mutual recognition between the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) and the Dutch register.
This initiative represents another significant step forward in the harmonisation of European fitness qualifications and the realisation of common standards for the education of fitness professionals across the fitness sector. Mr. Lengkeek, the KNKF President, referred to the agreement by saying that “The KNKF is delighted to sign this exclusive partnership. We will be able to work closely with EuropeActive in developing REPS-NL in line with EREPS and European educational standards. We are convinced that this will raise the quality of fitness professionals and their training”.
Julian Berriman also commented on the Memorandum: “The signing of the MoUT with KNKF is a significant step forward toward the reciprocal recognition of fitness qualifications across Europe. EuropeActive is honoured to be working with such an established and prestigious body as the KNKF and relishes the prospect of our future co-operation”.
EuropeActive, formerly the European Health and Fitness Association (EHFA), is the leading not-for-profit organisation representing the whole of the European fitness sector in Brussels.
According to the 2018 Deloitte Market Report the European fitness sector serves over 62 million consumers, generates 27.2 billion Euro in revenues, employs 750,000 people, and consists of 62,000 facilities. In 2018 the European market grew by 3.5% and in the past 10 years the number of fitness users has increased by 72%, and 9.4% of all European citizens aged over 15 are users of fitness services.
For further information, please visit www.europeactive.eu
Carlos Fernández, Communications Officer
The Royal Dutch Power Sport and Fitness Association is the umbrella organization for all affiliated strength sports in the Netherlands. Five branches of sport are practiced within the KNKF by both men and women. Among the Olympic program components, these are free-style wrestling, Greco-Roman wrestling and Paralympic bench press. The non-Olympic sports are Functional Fitness, Powerlifting, Kettlebell Sport, Sambo and various wrestling styles such as Beach Wrestling, Kazak-Kuresi and Pahlevani.
The KNKF is the formal representative in the Netherlands of all affiliated branches of strength sports and is also affiliated with the seven international federations.
For further information about KNFK, visit https://knkf.nl/