WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition receives record number of entries for 2017 event

Entry into the 2017 cycle of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition, supported by Active IQ, is now closed, with registrations reaching a record level in the competition’s-five year history, increasing almost 50% since the 2016 cycle.

The competition, which is managed by AoC Sport on behalf of WorldSkills UK, is the only skills competition in the active leisure sector. It assesses an aspiring fitness professional’s knowledge and skills in a series of tasks and against criteria designed by an industry expert group under head judge Karen Stanton.

Competitors have entered from every one of the nine English regions as well as each of the devolved nations. All competitors complete an online test, social media profile and submit a two-minute video showcase of their skills which determine who will earn a place at one of the live heats which are held in June.

WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition manager, Christopher Pitts, said: “I’m thrilled with the amount of entries into the competition this year, it’s great to see more institutions getting involved including training providers and employers as well as colleges.

“The competition judging team and I are really looking forward to seeing what we’re sure will be a really high standard of competitor again for 2017.”

The team of judges, who come from across the fitness industry, will see the 30 best trainers at one of three live heats in June. The team will travel to Coleg Gwent in Newport and Loughborough College to see all 30 competitors. The scores from these heats will determine which eight will make up the finalists.

The finalists will compete in a series of new tasks designed to bring out their best skills which they’ll demonstrate at the finals event which is part of the Skills Show, the largest skills and careers event in the UK. All 50+ competition finals will take place at the event which is held over three days at the NEC in Birmingham, in front of a crowd of 80,000 visitors.

The competition process aims to bridge the skills gap between qualification and employer requirements and is endorsed by Future Fit Training, who publish the annual ‘Raising the Bar’ report. This assesses employers’ requirements of the industry professionals. The competition is also backed by CIMSPA who are driving the professionalisation of the industry as well as managing the new professional register for exercise and fitness professionals.

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