YMCA Awards launches new ‘Strength and Conditioning’ qualification

The new ‘Level 2 Certificate in the Foundations of Strength and Conditioning (Trainer)’ has been launched by YMCA Awards.

Previously, strength and conditioning (S&C) training qualifications were only accessed by an exclusive group of elite athletic, football and professional sports club coaches. Due to growing demands for more S&C accessibility within the fitness industry, YMCA Awards have developed and launched a more inclusive qualification, enabling more training providers and learners than ever before to access the prestigious world of S&C.


YMCA Awards Appoints New Director - Paula Wells

We are delighted to announce that Paula Wells, former Operations Director of fitness education provider - Premier Global NASM, joined YMCA Awards on 22nd October as our new Director.

Regarded as the international gold standard in the active leisure sector, YMCA Awards qualifications are delivered by more than 300 education providers around the globe.


Introducing our new fair pricing strategy

This year, we’re celebrating twenty years of awarding qualifications. We were the first awarding organisation in the fitness and active leisure sector and we’re not going anywhere.


Shaping the future of fitness education

YMCA Awards is one of the leading qualification providers in the fitness sector, having had years of delivering quality educational products that are used across the globe. Our success is based not only on the partnerships and relationships we form, but most of all, on our ability to listen and bring about real change.

As many people using, working in and interested in fitness know, the sector is going through a period of substantial change. What some might miss though is how and why.


YMCA Awards hold Vanguard breakfast in parliament

YMCA Awards and many of our partners have had enormous successes lobbying policy-makers, but what if we could combine our efforts and provide a platform whereby the industry’s highest performing providers and sector experts could speak as one?

It was this question that prompted us to launch the YMCA Awards Vanguard Group, a new, bespoke and exclusive service for YMCA Awards highest performing clients, with the aim of influencing policy-makers and driving meaningful change within the sector.


YMCA Level 1 Award in Lifestyle Management: new Rule of Combination (ROC) with updated Introduction to Nutrition unit

Even small changes can make a big difference when it comes to enhancing the learner experience, and following key stakeholder feedback, we’ve made some significant improvements to the finer details of one of our top qualifications.  


Fitness professional survey

To support the development of new qualifications and education products, we need your help to gather input from the wider fitness professional market.

CIMSPA and other industry bodies are effectively gathering the feedback and views of employers and training/education partners to develop new professional standards and define the educational landscape within the sector. We are keen to augment their work by gathering the views of the self-employed fitness professionals, who make up a significant percentage of the workforce, so educational products can better serve the whole sector.