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SUPPLIER & TRAINING


Icon Training secures government contract


Icon Training has become the UK’s first sport training provider to be given go-ahead by the Education Funding Agency to provide its Ofsted Grade 1 training to 16- and 17-year-olds. The new programme will be specifically


designed for foundation learners looking to work as sports coaches, fitness instructors or lifeguards. The 36-week course will comprise four Level 1 compulsory subjects and two Level 2 qualifications. Details: http://lei.sr?a=t5i5N


SkillsActive and ukactive have launched a survey to determine what employers want for training solutions, in order to guide bids for a government scheme to invest £340m in skills training and career development. Applications for the Employer Ownership


of Skills Pilot – overseen by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES), Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Education – close on 28 March, and interest needs to be registered by 11 March. The programme is open to employers of


all sizes and sectors within England, but bids from groups of employers working together in their sector, supply chain or locality will be viewed favourably. SkillsActive and ukactive will collate


feedback from the online survey and develop options or themes that employers can partner underneath in order to make bids. ukactive CEO David Stalker says:


The one-day courses will be introduced in March


Premier launches barefoot running training clinic


Premier Training International, in collaboration with Vivobarefoot, is launching a barefoot running coaching course, developed by world-renowned expert Lee Saxby. The one-day course will be held at


Premier’s venues across the UK, starting at their London Academy on 23 March. Premier’s research and development


manager Kesh Patel says: “Over the last decade, barefoot running has proven that it offers fantastic health and fitness benefits in terms of posture and technique.” The health and fitness industry education


provider is looking at the possibility of incorporating the course into its flagship Diploma in Fitness Instructing and Personal Training. Details: http://lei.sr?a=p2B4d


“There are no rules to this fund: you’re not constricted by a set of available qualifications


Applications for the funding will close on 28 March


or training programmes. Rather, as long as we can demonstrate that our suggested solutions will solve a skills gap and improve performance, we have a chance of success.” UKCES has outlined apprenticeships, work


experience, paid internships, job trials and mentoring as themes it would like to explore for the scheme. Details: http://lei.sr?a=n6O0m


Matrix secures The Gym Group contract


Budget gym operator The Gym Group and Johnson Health Tech (JHT) have signed a three-year extension that will see Matrix Fitness equipment installed in all of The Gym Group’s new UK clubs. The partnership will include 16 Gym Group


sites set to open this year. Matrix has already kitted out the company’s 32 existing sites. John Treharne, The Gym Group CEO, says:


“Matrix Fitness equipment has been installed in all of our sites for almost four years and we frequently receive compliments on how reliable it is from staff and clients alike.” The Gym Group also reported a record


intake of new members at the start of 2013. The company experienced an increase of 15 per cent


The deal includes 16 clubs due to open during 2013


in total membership across it clubs nationwide during the first two weeks of January. Details: http://lei.sr?a=U8p4s


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