EOSE represented at Global Fitness Industry



EOSE represented at Global Fitness Industry

From 11 to 13 March 2019, EOSE was represented by Ben Gittus, Director of Standards, at meetings in San Diego, USA, organised by partner organisations ICREPs and IHRSA.

First on 11 and 12 March, Ben attended the annual meeting of the international Confederation of Registers of Exercise Professionals (ICREPs) member countries, where the global agenda of professional registration in the fitness industry was taken forward. Registers from USA, Canada, UAE, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Poland and India were represented discussing occupational standards, accreditation of education programmes and operational aspects of running a register.

On the 13th of March, Ben attended the Annual Global Federations and Partners meeting of IHRSA, the global trade body for the fitness industry. The meeting focussed on ‘Threats and Opportunities facing our industry’, and received updates on the fitness market from several countries and the rising opportunities around the world to positively engage with the health sector.

The group also heard first from Kilian Fisher, IHRSA’s International Public Policy Advisor about the latest announcement of IHRSA’s collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Catherine Carty head of the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive PE, Sport, Fitness & Recreation, elaborated further in relation to the World Health Organisation (WHO) requesting the UNESCO Chair to submit a proposal for UFIT (Inclusivizing the Sport and Fitness Sector) as an inter UN Agency collaboration between UNESCO and the WHO and  as part of the collaboration with IHRSA and the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) with other stakeholders to implement Global Action Plan on Physical Activity (GAPPA). Several participants in the meeting had recently been invited to join with the IHRSA group from across the world to meet with WHO in Geneva, Switzerland on 25/26 February to discuss how to get people more active for a healthier world following an initial meeting with IHRSA in December 2018.

There was a real sense that liaison with the health sector at the global and national level will soon have a positive impact on the fitness industry and the wellness needs of the whole world.

EOSE also took part in a meeting with ICREPs and IHRSA to look at opportunities for joint work together. This would build on the work carried out by IHRSA to promote the European Sector Skills Alliance ESSA-Sport employer skills survey and join as a partner in that project.

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