EuropeActive’s International Standards Meeting (ISM): Facing Future Challenges and Big Opportunities

It’s just two months away: the 2018 edition of the International Standards Meeting (ISM), one of the most notable events for the fitness sector. Bringing together key stakeholders from the industry, including employers, training providers and representatives of national registers, this year all discussions will central around future-proofing the sector.

And that’s not an easy task in the current diverse European environment. Aiming for a well-thought out and positive answer to future challenges, EuropeActive wants to bring together delegates from all over Europe, but also welcomes people from outside these borders. Participants from Brazil, Oman, the United States and Russia have already registered.

Looking back
A great start, since this year’s event will emphasise on the contribution of delegates as the EuropeActive team believes knowledge from all corners of the world can be helpful. The event will start with an overview of the progress that EuropeActive has made over the last year, towards improving and standardising educational provision across the fitness sector. Agata Dziarnowska, Policy Officer at the Sport Unit of the Directorate of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture at the European Commission, will provide an insight into the European Commission’s view on skills and the importance of qualifications in sport and fitness.

Looking forward
A second session will ask the delegates what the essential ingredients are of any training course within the fitness sector. This will be an innovative pedagogical debate that will help us all in meeting the growing demand for highly educated and skilled exercise professionals. The rest of the first day of this two-day event will see several smaller group discussions on topics like a common assessment strategy, internal and external verification systems and quality assurance. With Personal Training begin one of the the most established occupational roles covered by EuropeActive’s educational standards, we will also discuss future personal training trends and how these might impact on the further refinement of this key role.

Best Practises
Day two will revolve around getting to know the fitness industry in Poland and how this relates to the wider European context. Poland is an excellent example of how sectors can fully engage with national qualification development and recognition and this is one of the main reasons why EuropeActive chose Poland as the ISM location in 2018. One of the presenters of this session is a representative from the European Commission EQF Advisory Board.

Learn from ‘sector colleagues’
There is a lot happening in Europe and it’s clear that the future holds challenges for all of us – but also huge opportunities. The insights that the ISM will provide will have direct relevance to and impact on your day-to-day business. It’s is a unique opportunity to meet with a selected team of experts in an open and inspirational environment and discuss strategies to ensure the European health & fitness sector remains at the cutting edge of professional development. Join us and be a part of this wonderful movement!

For more information and registration, please see our webpage:

Fitness education / training provider and employers from the fitness industry are very welcome to join us in beautiful Warsaw. Limited places are available for suppliers and representatives of national associations.