Fitpro Live!

Sue and Nicky J headed to the Excel last Friday to attend Fitpro Live!

photo (9)The show was absolutely buzzing, with some great group exercise demonstrations as well as catch ups with new and old faces of the industry!

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TRX had a great stand with Fraser Quelch, Head of Training & Development for TRX, across from the States to put the attendees through their paces!


Definitely an event for the diary next year…

Women’s Running 10k in Nottingham

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Nicki headed to Nottingham this weekend to join the pacing team at the Women’s Running 10k and said: “it was such an inspiring weekend meeting so many incredible women – hundreds running their first 10k and others racing to the finish line on Victoria Embankment to smash their PB!”

And it’s posts like this that sum up the magic of race day.WR10knotts

A visit to the palace…

Sue's Invitation

 

Sue was very pleased to be invited to attend the Sport and Recreation Alliance’s Community Sport and Recreation Awards at St. James’s Palace yesterday. Hosted by the Alliance’s President HRH the Earl of Wessex, the event provides a great opportunity to celebrate sport (and network with lots of key players!)

This year there were six categories of awards and the winners were:

  • Community Sport and Recreation Overall Winner – Irvine Bay Gymnastics Club
  • Volunteer Management – Retford Swimming Club
  • School Links – Empire Fighting Chance
  • Professional Club Community Programme of the Year Award – Derby County Football Club
  • Green Thinking – The Castle Climbing Centre
  • InnovativeProject Award – North East Regional Fencing’s Street Swords programme.

Tanni GT photo with HRH The Earl of Wessex

Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson also received the prestigious Arthur Bell trophy for her contribution to grassroots sport.

Tanni gave a moving speech thanking the countless volunteers in sport. She shared the advice she’d been given by her father: “If you want to be good, get good people around you” and talked about her new role as taxi service, cake maker and sports volunteer for her daughter Carys who takes part in competitive Kayaking.

One quote from Tanni that particularly resonated with Sue:

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”

Our fabulous Flame Conference

Team selfie as we arrive

 

No sooner had we arrived bright and early at Telford International Conference Centre than we grabbed our first selfie at the entrance.
Ready for the keynote

 

Superb organisation from the ukactive team meant a quick registration, coffee and industry networking, before we joined around 900 others to listen to the first impressive keynote speaker - Magnus Lindkvist

 

 

Between the sessions it was great to catch up with our clients, some of who were exhibiting new products:

Catching up with clientsRich and Eugene

Another selfie with Sebastien

 

There was time for another team shot with the remarkable Sebastien Foucan  before the final keynote of the day – an incredibly entertaining Will Greenwood.

 

The evening saw us dressed to impress for the Ball of Fire as we caught up with friends from the industry at the reception drinks.

Ahead of the Ball of Fire

 

Friends from SIBEC

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Awaiting the results...

We excitedly awaited the results of the ‘Supplier of the Year’ category in the Flame Awards where we were finalists… and although we were very disappointed not to win, it was lovely to celebrate with clients that did win awards including Lifetime Training and Places for People Leisure who won Leisure Operator of the Year – as seen celebrating below!

PfP Leisure Celebrate their win

In fact some of our team were still celebrating with clients long into the night!

Late night celebrationsparty!

Hats off to the ukactive team for a truly impressive conference. Definitely the best yet!

 

And then there were ten…

Welcoming new colleagues

Welcoming new colleagues

A sumptuous ‘Kate Hannon’ prepared lunch at the Promote office was followed by the customary group photo outside the Town Hall, as we welcomed our two latest recruits to our team – Sarah Egerton and James Watkins.

Sarah is a well experienced Account Director, who joins our team ahead of Katie’s maternity leave later in the autumn. James joins as an Account Executive, bringing a wealth of sports knowledge coupled with previous communications experience in the fitness industry.

We’re looking forward to introducing them to our clients and connections in the fitness industry when we all head off to the ukactive Flame event in Telford tomorrow.