AoC Sport crowns Fitness Trainer Competition champions

AoC Sport had a whirlwind week hosting the top eight newly qualified Personal Trainers from across the country as part of the 2019 WorldSkills UK LIVE competition.

They were judged by our team of experts in more than 13 hours of competition, with support from our partners at Active IQ, Matrix Fitness and British Rowing.

We also hosted the Fitness Assistant category of competition for the first time ever under the WorldSkills UK banner and with support from Natspec.

We have hosted the Fitness Trainer Competition finals for the fifth year in a row and it was the biggest, most spectacular and closest competition we have ever seen.

Both competitions proved to be incredible draws for the 80,000 visitors to the show across three days of national competition finals, careers advice, exhibition and guest speakers.

AoC Sport made its mark on the show and as always brought ex-competitors along to engage with the young visitors and inspire the next generation of fitness professionals.

Personal Training competitors were tested with tasks such as one-to-one personal training, outdoor group exercise, interviews, health and fitness testing, programme writing and equipment demonstrations.

With the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition being the only skills competition in the fitness industry to test an aspiring fitness professional’s skills and expertise, the competition goes from strength to strength and gains momentum every year with additional support coming from the commercial fitness industry as well as fitness education professionals who make up our expert team of judges and technical writers, led by Karen Stanton.

Ultimately only one competitor can take home the gold medal and after an incredibly high standard of competition, and the closest ever competition, Danielle Hall who trained at Coleg Gwent and now runs her own business called ‘Mind Body Yogini’ took home the Personal Training gold medal.

Along with an exquisite award from Showstopper Awards, Danielle has been presented with a gift certificate for a training course of her choice from Premier Global NCSM courtesy of our headline sponsors, Active IQ. Our long-time partners Active IQ will also be supporting Danielle with the development of her business and marketing plans and commercial presence to expand her business.

Jake Francis-Chin who was trained at Havant & South Downs College took home the silver medal with Andrew Harte from City of Glasgow College taking home the bronze medal.

Luke Keogh, also of Havant & South Downs College received the judge’s Highly Commended award. All medalists will receive business development support from Active IQ and all national finalists have received training from British Rowing as well as free of charge access to Active IQ’s Skills Hub.

In the Fitness Assistant category, the top three national competitors, all from West London College/Southall Community College competed with the Personal Trainer finalists to deliver circuit sessions which they researched and designed.

Ultimately Ryan Yeady took home the gold medal with Benjamin Sewell taking the silver and Yasser Elarichi taking the bronze. These competitors and their tutors prove that students working on Entry 3 and Level 1 qualifications in fitness have amazing skills and a role as fitness professionals in the industry.

It’s never too early to think about the 2020 competition and if you are training Personal Training students in the 2019-20 academic year, you will be able to enter them in next year’s competition which opens in March 2020. You can get involved now though by requesting your FREE resource pack from AoC Sport by contacting the team at

Thanks to everyone who has been involved in the 2019 competition and congratulations to all of our national finalists!