EuropeActive News – March 2021

Towards Horizon 2025

bringing you up to date with the latest news and activities from the European fitness & physical activity sector

Are clubs open in your country? – An overview of European Fitness Club Opening

We have successfully put together an interactive map to provide the latest information on fitness club openings and restrictions around Europe and to keep our members, stakeholders and supporters informed on what is happening in the fitness and physical activity sector during these difficult times.

Please note information displayed may change subject to further Covid-19 updates.

To access the map for further details, click here.

The President’s Voice
“We have been extremely busy this month with the imminent launch of our President’s Council for Suppliers, Digital & Tech to help the sector through its reopening, recovery and renewal. The Council will also support the plans for a European DataHub and the work EuropeActive’s Research Centre THiNK Active is currently performing.

I would like to also mention our deep commitment towards a more egalitarian, gender-balanced fitness sector with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding with WIFA and the celebrations around International Women’s Day. 

Furthermore, we’ve announced that our International Standards Meeting (ISM) is to be held in Cologne during the FIBO trade show. The ISM will complete a stellar week of EuropeActive events and meetings in which industry leaders and experts will gather from across the world.

We encourage you all to stay tuned as more updates will be coming soon.

 President, David Stalker
Member Services
Club Operator Member in the spotlight – David Lloyd Clubs
David Lloyd Clubs have kept members motivated by creating virtual clubs. The @Home platform has grown to feature over 600 videos including fitness classes and challenges, wellness advice and kids’ activities. In addition, they have created virtual Run Clubs, a Daily Mile club for families, plus regular news bulletins, blog content, and briefings for team members.

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Supplier Member in the spotlight – Matrix
When it comes to connecting facilities and members, technology already plays a key role. Matrix has invested in technology solutions for this very reason. Using the Workout Tracking Network app and Personal Trainer Portal, customers can send workout plans, challenges and more to members, all accessed through their personal devices. These types of connected solutions will be essential as the industry recovers from Covid-19.

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Informing and inspiring the fitness & physical activity sector

We are delighted to inform you that all of our Active Podcast episodes are available for everyone to listen/view from the EuropeActive website by clicking on the link below:

The Active Podcast

Educational Services
2021 Training Provider Forum (TPF) – One week to go!
We are one week away from hosting our virtual 2021 Training Provider Forum (TPF) on April 8th to discuss the implementation of assessments by EuropeActive accredited training providers in relation to EuropeActive’s main educational standards.

For more information, click here.

The importance of standards for elevating the fitness and physical activity sector
We hosted a session on 9th March on the importance of standards for the further development of the fitness and physical activity sector as part of Club Industry’s Future of Fitness conference. EuropeActive has identified standards as a key pillar in the Horizon 2025 Manifesto and is taking on a leading role in the development of standards for our sector.

For more information, click here.

EU & Public Affairs
Largest gathering of National Fitness Associations agrees that cooperation is the way forward
25 national associations came together on Tuesday 2nd March as part of EuropeActive’s series of roundtables which are actively planning the future of fitness to discuss how international cooperation can help lead the sector out of COVID-19, to build political capital and to promote the importance of healthy lifestyles through a cooperative and mutually beneficial approach.
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EuropeActive and WIFA sign MoU to improve gender-equality and inclusion in the fitness and physical activity sector
EuropeActive and the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) announced on 8th March, International Women’s Day, the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which lays down the terms in which both sector representatives will strengthen their international cooperation to ensure the most positive future in terms of equal opportunities and equal treatment in the fitness and physical activity sector.

For more information, click here.

The EU4Health Programme 2021: potential solutions for a healthier European Union
The EU4Health programme officially came into force on Friday, 26th March, with the publication of the relevant regulation in the Official Journal of the European Union. The new programme is the largest ever EU health programme and makes 5,1 billion euros available over the 2021-2027 programme period to member states, NGOs and health organisations, with 20% of the budget being ringfenced for disease prevention and health promotion.

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Projects & Programmes
2021 Sport Info Day sheds light on the new Erasmus+ programme

Key players of the physical activity and sport sector eagerly participated in the awaited 2021 edition of the annual Erasmus+ Sport Info Day on 23rd-24th March, to gain insights on the new Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027, that is yet to be released. The latter’s budget has been confirmed at 470 million EUR, a considerable increase to the previous programme’s 265 million EUR.

For more information, click here.

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