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Looking forward with exciting new plans

ian taylor is chief executive officer of SkillsActive

Disney training event for Scottish firms

Disney Institute – the profes- sional development arm of Te Walt Disney Company – is to give Scottish firms the chance to benefit from its training on 27 September. A special training event


xciting developments are unfold- ing at SkillsActive, but first, I must congratulate Team GB on its per- formance at the London Games,

with special praise going out to the 31 AASE Olympians and Paralympians. SkillsActive is now looking forward to

LIW, which will be another busy period. We will be hosting our annual REPs National Convention over three days. Previous years have seen us host the event on one day, but with more speakers and workshops, this year’s will be bigger and better than ever. I’d like to congratulate REPs on its 10th

anniversary. For a decade, the team has worked tirelessly in their bid to ensure the professionalism of exercise professionals, not just in the UK, but internationally too. With around 30,000 UK members REPs continues to give employers and consumers quality assurance in the fitness sector. We will also be announcing the launch of

two new initiatives at LIW, as SkillsActive continues to expand. We will be building on the successes of REPs by launching RAPs – the Register for Aquatic Professionals. By working with the Amateur Swimming

Association, the Swimming Teachers Association and The Royal Life Saving Society, we hope to drive the profession- alisation of the sector through RAPs. Tis will lead to greater participation in aquatic activities and the formation of a support network for training needs and those look- ing to develop their careers. Our second big unveiling will be the

enhanced and remodelled activepassport, which will act as a digital gateway, provid- ing easy and straightforward access to all our registers including REPs and RAPs. Te new activepassport will be a unique

online resource that is designed to allow its users to build and share a verified record of their skills, qualifications and employment history, all in one secure place. On a final note, I would like to wish our

Paralympics competitors good luck, and as we reflect on London 2012 we can hopefully all feed off of this great spirit.


has been organised by Quest for Excellence – the institute’s UK partner – in association with motivational agency Tinktastic and events man- agement agency Matchpoint. Disney trainers will fly in

for a full-day of training at Mansfield Traquair House and will offer an “insider’s look” at Disney’s philosophies. Targeted at chief executives and other senior

Disney Institute speakers will share their insights with Scottish firms It is hoped the event will enable Scottish

executives, topics include Disney’s Approach to Leadership Excellence and Disney’s Approach to Selection, Training and Engagement.

businesses to learn how to develop shared visions with their employees. Details:

Kids’ physical activity course unveiled

Awarding organisation Active IQ has announced the launch of its new Level 2 Certificate in Delivering Physical Activities to Children Under 5, which is available from 1 October. Te course has been spe-

cifically designed to provide health and fitness profession- als with a chance to develop the specific skills and knowl- edge required to cater for the under five age group. Early Learning Goals and

personal development are among the six areas featured on the course, which will help learners to promote healthy living to families through safe activities. Active IQ operations director Suzy Gunn

Te new course will help professionals deliver safe activities for children

said: “Tis qualification is ideal for learners who would like to be accredited to work with children under five years of age. It’s an area that we know has received a growing amount

of interest within the active leisure sector, so we wanted to design a qualification that really met the specialist criteria and skillset required to co-ordinate activities with such young children.” Details:

TRX to launch training and education arm in the UK

Randy Hetrick, creator of the TRX Suspension Trainer, is to make an appearance at Leisure Industry Week (LIW) in Birmingham in order to launch a new training service. Hetrick will take to the stage and deliver the keynote session – Te Next Evolution in

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

Small Group Training – at the LIW Education Village on 18 September. TRX figures show that, during 2012, UK

instructors will teach more than 1,000 trainers in suspension training and other disciplines. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps © CYBERTREK 2012

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