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The REPs team has just returned from the British Heart Foundation’s National Conference in Nottingham as part of its drive to raise awareness of the Register and the role its members can play in the health of the nation.

In the past few months the team has also visited the British University Conference in Keele, the British Association of Cardiac Rehabilitation Conference and the Charted Society of Physiotherapists Congress both held in Liverpool.

Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “We want to get the word out about REPs – about what we do and how our members can help with the treatment and management of the chronic diseases that are killing us.”

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Fresh from the success of the Northern Convention in November REPs has set some dates for its 2011 programme.

As well as booking top keynote speakers, introducing more practical and interactive sessions and a new question and answer session for members to speak directly to members of the REPs team including Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch.

The first convention of next year will be held in Wales on Friday 25th February, with a South East convention in May, and Scotland in June before the National convention, which will, as in previous years, be held during Leisure Industry Week in September. This will then be followed by a Northern convention in November.

Full details of the conventions, including seminars, workshops and, most importantly, final dates and venues will be available from the REPs website, the Journal and the REPs monthly e-zine. To make sure you’re kept up to date with this electronic bulletin let the REPs office have your latest contact details including your email address.

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Don’t forget logos, down-loadable posters and other marketing materials are available to use free from the members area of the REPs website. You can also order referral cards, car stickers and spiral-bound A5 personal training log books via the REPs office.

All current members will also receive a new, and improved, lapel badge with their next copy of the REPs Journal.

Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch said: “Feedback on these products has been great – the posters and the PT training log-book in particular are proving very popular. Not only do they look great, and are useful for members they’re also a great way of raising public awareness of the Register and all it stands for – something I know our members are particularly passionate about.”

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REPs is excited to support the National Finals of the brand new Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ) Fitness Trainer Competition, which is being held at St George’s Park, Burton-Upon-Trent this Thursday (2nd May). The National Final will see the winners of each of eleven BCS regional heats, chosen from the hundreds who originally entered, compete against each other on this final day of competition.

This competition has been set up by CYQ in collaboration with British Colleges Sport (BCS). Fitness students from further education colleges across the UK will be competing in two competitions under the CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition umbrella: Level 2 Fitness Instructor – Gym and Level 3 Personal Trainer.

REPs is delighted to support the CYQ Fitness Trainer Competition by awarding the winners and runners-up one year’s free REPs membership. Competitors are judged by a team of expert industry professionals.

Contests of this nature can only serve to raise the standards of individuals who graduate with recognised qualifications. The hard work and dedication of competitors and the excellence demonstrated by the winners can only help to improve standards in the industry and be of benefit to participants.

It is hoped that this opportunity for competitors to apply their learning, knowledge and skills within a creative and challenging environment will provide an experience to enhance their CV and further prepare them for employment.


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The Register of Exercise Professionals is one of 19 core partner organisations and bodies involved in creating a European platform for e-learning in fitness based on European standards for fitness.


The eLearning Fitness project (or eLF) also hopes to produce a platform for national registers that may then be used by European countries.


It is hoped that once established the eLF project will not only provide e-learning that meets the minimum standards for both theory and practical skills and competencies, but also create a platform for interactive national professional registers, with the ability to collaborate with other international registers. The e-learning courses and register platform will be translated into the languages of the project members by theUniversityofRome, inItaly, which is managing the project, and the project’s 38 partner organisations.

In-roads have been made to create a European-wide e-learning package for gym, group exericse, aqua and personal training.


Just returned from the ELF project partner meeting in Malta, pictures attached. The outcomes are to create an E learning platform for Gym, Group Ex, Aqua and Personal Training and also to construct a Register platform that will provide an opportunity for the formation of national Registers. Jean-Ann Marnoch (REPs Registrar) is leading the work package related to Registers and working with the other project partners from all over Europe including France, Germany, Lithuania, Holland, Portugal, Finland, Norway, Ireland, Belgium, Spain,Poland, UK and the project leads Italy.

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The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 15,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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SkillsActive and the National Skills Academy for Sport and Active Leisure want to know how they can better support training providers seeking endorsement or approval.


Sport and active leisure companies delivering qualifications, courses, workshop or seminars currently apply for endorsement or approval from one of two organisations, according to their sector and business needs.


SkillsActive, the sector skills council for active leisure, learning and wellbeing is responsible for endorsing continued professional courses, workshops and seminar content as well as providers in health and fitness and playwork.


Meanwhile, SkillsActive's National Skill Academy for Sport and Active Leisure approves providers across various subsectors and brokers training solutions with employers on their behalf.



SkillsActive’s endorsement manager Tom Bell says: “The current system means some providers have to go through two application processes to meet their needs, which can be confusing. The Skills Protocol Employer Leadership Group (SPELG), a group of leading sector employers, has expressed the need for a single qualification structure for the industry, with a single endorsement system. We want to work with training providers to simplify the process and come up with a solution that is better aligned with their business needs.”

SkillsActive has consulted with the Fitness Industry Association forum and SkillsActive industry panels.

Interested training providers can have their say by completing an online survey at before 31 October 2011.



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