Government funding for school sports will boost health and fitness economy, says HFE

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The 2012 Olympics just goes to show the true extent of the UK’s most talented athletes – but it is imperative that they start young in order to get the necessary training they need to become a world-class Olympian.

Last month the government revealed plans that would create a much-needed boost for the sporting industry – with its announcement of funding worth £150 million a year for physical education and school sport well-received by leading provider of personal training courses, HFE.

Over the past few years the UK health and fitness industry has enjoyed significant growth, with its total market value increasing by 1.4 per cent to a staggering £3.86 billion over the course of twelve months to the end of March 2012.

According to the 2012 State of the UK Fitness Industry report, 12.1 per cent of the UK population are registered members of a gym compared to 11.9 per cent back in 2011 – and with 5,900 health clubs operating across the nation (up from 5,852), HFE is excited about the future of sport and fitness.

A spokesperson from HFE commented: “Although many people are actively pursuing a career within the health industry, it only seems to happen by the time they leave school or university. But with the government providing funding during the academic years of 2013/14 and 2014/15 specifically towards primary schools, we hope the younger generation will express an interest and lead to more students getting fit earlier rather than later on in life.”

Offering a diverse range of qualifications including sports conditioning programmes as well as advanced diplomas in personal training, HFE fitness courses are available in major locations such as Manchester, Birmingham and London – providing easy accessibility throughout the country.

“The 2012 Olympics just goes to show the true extent of the UK’s most talented athletes – but it is imperative that they start young in order to get the necessary training they need to become a world-class Olympian,” continued HFE’s spokesperson.

“With new teaching initiatives underway to help primary teachers develop a specialist PE subject, students can receive appropriate and targeted training relevant to their skillset. Finally, PE is getting the recognition and awareness it deserves – and we can’t wait to meet the stars of the sporting future.”

All HFE qualifications are certificated through Central YMCA Qualifications (CYQ) and endorsed by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REP) to ensure the best standards in training – and as these accreditations are recognised throughout the UK and Europe, this allows newly-qualified instructors to practise both locally and nationally.

Whether you’re thinking of becoming a personal trainer or looking into an aerobics instructor course, visit http://www.hfe.co.uk to kick-start your fitness career today.

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