WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition 2016 launched

AoC Sport is delighted to officially launch the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition 2016, which is set to be the biggest and most successful to date.

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55 colleges and training providers have already signed up to this year’s event and are receiving pre-competition resources, while individual competitor entry opens today until April 7.

The Fitness Trainer Competition is the only active leisure skills competition in the UK for students working towards careers in the sport and leisure industry, and is developing strong relationships with industry partners such as CIMSPA, UK Active, Active IQ and Future Fit Training.

Competitors have until early April to complete their entry and online theory assessment, as well as to submit their online video showcase.

The top-scoring entrants will then be invited to one of five regional events taking place throughout May, before the semi-final is hosted at AoC Sport’s summer conference in June.

For the very first time, this year’s final will be part of the WorldSkills UK Competition Finals at The Skills Show in November, with more than 100,000 people set to be in attendance at Birmingham’s NEC.

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Competition Manager Christopher Pitts said: “This competition is the first of its kind to be accepted to the WorldSkills UK suite of competitions and is constantly being developed to ensure it is at the forefront of the active leisure industry.

“The competition in 2016 is set to be the biggest and most successful ever after evolving over the past three years into what it is today. We anticipate more than double our previous years’ competitor entries after surpassing a 100% increase in institutions using our exclusive pre-competition resources.

“The competition developments this year, in becoming part of the wider industry and WorldSkills UK suite with our experienced management and judging team, can only mean good things for the competition and those involved in it.”

The competition consists of two categories – Gym Instructor and Personal Trainer – which test aspiring fitness professionals’ knowledge and skills, while participants also have the opportunity to compete at an institutional, regional and national level.

Participation in the competition provides a great opportunity to showcase student achievement and highlight the work of colleges and institutions.


AoC Sport last week announced its team of 22 judges for this year’s competition, and their combined experience spans a vast number of years, job roles and qualifications.

Individuals can enter this year’s WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition via, or contact for more information.