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Virgin Get Active With STA Virgin Active and STA have announced a new exciting partnership, which will see the leading health club chain become the first to roll out STA’s new Pool Lifeguard qualification nationally as part of its commitment to raising professional standards and providing enhanced, and more flexible training opportunities for its workforce. The partnership will see Virgin Active create its own national training framework, powered by STA, a national governing body and an official awarding organisation partner for CIMSPA. Further, as part of Virgin Active’s aims to consolidate training providers and work with a single awarding organisation for aquatics that is both nationally and internationally recognised, STA’s First Aid and Pool Plant qualifications will also form an integral part of the new partnership moving forward. This is all in addition to STA’s Swimming Teaching qualifications, which are already successfully embedded into Virgin Active’s health club network. Pip Werbinski, People Development Director at Virgin Active, says the new partnership with STA provides Virgin Active multiple benefits, both

operationally and commercially, and for the benefit of staff and customers. She said: “By creating our own national training framework under the governance of STA’s Approved Training Centre model, we can radically transform how we manage and deliver staff training across our national network. Importantly, this will enable us to control, plan and standardise the quality of training our internal tutors deliver, in line with our own staffing and commercial requirements – in addition to opening up opportunities for us to deliver external STA training courses and new local recruitment channels.” With STA recently aligning its Pool Lifeguard revalidation process with First Aid at Work, Virgin Active will also be able to create a more robust three-year competency plan and for the first time, each club will have the flexibility to organise on going refresher lifeguard training at a time that suits their needs, and with minimum disruption to customers. STA 01922 645097

Everyone Active Contract Putting Water Safety First A new agreement is helping to keep swimmers safe and standards high in pools across the country. The Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK) has signed a three-year deal with Everyone Active, the UK’s longestestablished leisure contractor, to continue their commitment to training lifeguards. Everyone Active’s lifeguards will continue to be qualified in the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ), which meets CIMSPA’s professional standard for lifeguarding. The deal also sees Everyone Active commit to upskilling its colleagues to become RLSS UK NPLQ Trainer Assessors. This will empower current team members to train the next wave of lifeguards coming through, as well as providing ongoing training to support their roles. Everyone Active, which operates 190 leisure facilities across the country, has also secured a deal with RLSS UK’s strategic partner, Swim England, to encourage more people to get involved in aquatic activity.

“The safety and comfort of our customers is our number one priority at all times, so the continuation of our relationship with RLSS UK makes perfect sense,” said Jacqui Tillman, head of swimming at Everyone Active. “Our mission is to get ‘everyone active’ and our pool offering is a crucial part of that. We want both our customers and team members to have confidence in the rigorous training standards we set, ensuring everyone can enjoy the water safely every time they visit our pools.” RLSS UK’s Director of Commercial Operations, Jo Talbot said: “As the leading provider of water safety training and education, having Everyone Active onboard with us for another three years is a real coup for us. “They mirror our dedication to ensuring that people can enjoy all the health and well-being benefits of the water, safely.” RLSS UK 0300 323 0096

Huw Edwards Appointed New CEO Of ukactive At the end of July, Huw Edwards was appointed as the new CEO of ukactive, the not-for-profit health body. The ukactive Board confirmed that Huw will lead the organisation on a permanent basis, following the previous four months in his position as Acting CEO. Huw has been Director of ukactive’s Public Affairs, Communications and Research Department for the past three years and played an integral role in the 15_SPN_October_19_People_News.indd 15

development of the organisation’s new fouryear business plan. In June he opened one of the sector’s biggest events, Active Uprising, calling for a ‘cultural shift’ across government, in order for it to recognise the crucial role that the physical activity sector can play in improving the nation’s health. He has been influential in

developing ukactive’s relationship with key stakeholders including Sport England, and also serves as the Leisure Sector Disability Champion, as appointed by the Department of Work and Pensions. Huw succeeds former CEO Steven Ward, who joined Ingesport as Chief Transformation Officer in April after 13 years with ukactive, which he joined as an intern.

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