Just launched: Level 2 Award in Delivering Chair-based Exercise manual

YMCA Awards are delighted to announce that our Chair-based exercise manual is now available.  

This new edition to our portfolio explores: 

•    The values and principles of adult social care, current perspectives and benefits

•    The value of chair-based exercise with frailer older adults and disabled adults

•    How to plan, deliver and reflect on providing chair based exercise with individuals and groups

 + much more - a real must for everyone studying and wanting to refresh knowledge. 


Unlocking the Potential of Digital Learning

We conducted a study with 26 further education centres to find out about the key issues faced by centres today. We wanted to understand their concerns for the future, any obstacles blocking the efficiency of their delivery, as well as their attitude towards digital.  The general consensus reveals that while digital tools are welcome, some find it difficult to integrate them into their delivery. Furthermore, colleges aren’t reaping the full benefits of these tools.


Our response to the spring budget

By Rob May, YMCA Awards Director.

The Chancellor’s spring budget includes a glaring oversight. The pledge to pump £500 million into the introduction of new so-called ‘T-Levels’ – technical qualifications, as an alternative to A-Levels for 16 to 19-year-olds means that classroom-based vocational education routes for more than half of UK occupations have been left out in the cold.


AoC Sport Fitness Trainer Competition - WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer named after national semi-finals

21 students from across the UK competed at Loughborough University’s Holywell Fitness Centre, in a bid to become one of the 14 WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition finalists for 2016. 12 Gym Instructors and nine Personal Trainers competed and all demonstrated their skills, knowledge and professionalism throughout the day, before they were whittled down to the final eight Gym Instructors and nine Personal Trainers.


Five tips on starting a succesful fitness business by entrepreneur Katie Bulmer Cooke

In an ever expanding industry and such a fast-paced field, it can seem like a mammoth task to start a new business and most importantly, achieve longevity. But despite a crowded market, there are still many opportunities to make it happen.

Here are my top five insights to help you get started with a successful fitness business:


Position statement on technology-enabled learning

YMCA Awards has earned a reputation for pushing boundaries. Hardly surprising when you consider that we’re part of a movement which has been at the forefront of social policy reforms for more than 175 years. A movement which has often challenged conventional thinking, and at times taken controversial decisions which were unpopular in their day, but which now in our modern times seem apparent, reliable and morally astute.


YMCA Awards Sponsor Fitness Trainer Competition - Gym Instructor Competition

Leading awarding organisation YMCA Awards will be sponsoring the Association of College Sport (AOC Sport) Fitness Trainer Competition for Gym Instructors in 2016. YMCA Awards originally set up the Fitness Trainer Competition to showcase high standards of Fitness Instructors & Personal Trainers in the UK, before the reins were handed over to AOC Sport.