Elevate 2017 – just 7 days to go!

If you’re attending Elevate 2017, don’t forget that CIMSPA members will receive 3 developmental CPD points per day. Scroll down for more information!

Elevate, the UK’s largest cross-sector event focused on tackling physical inactivity, is just seven days away and final preparations are underway to ensure the event is ready to host experts from a range of professions, all focused on coming together to address one key issue: physical inactivity.

Over the course of the two-day event which takes place on 10-11 May, the 4,000 attendees will have access to the free programme which includes over 150 expert speakers from physical activity, health and performance. Four seminar streams are in place for this year’s event:

  • Physical Activity for Health and Wellbeing
  • Future Performance
  • Inclusivity: Creating an Active Nation, and the newest stream,
  • The Business of Physical Activity – our newest stream with additional seminars exploring how changing consumer needs are shaping providers’ partnerships and operations.

In addition to the seminars, the exhibition, consisting of nine feature areas, three attractions and 150 exhibitors, allows attendees an unrivalled opportunity to learn more about exercise, health and performance. Attendees will also be able to download the exclusive Elevate 2017 app via the App Store and plan their visit to trial the latest fitness and health activities on the stage including rebounding with ((Bounce)), Parkour for all, Exercise for the over 50s with Move it or Lose it! and the new Go Row Indoor programme from British Rowing.

There are also several new aspects to this year’s event, including the Elevate Innovation Awards, designed to recognise the best products and services tackling inactivity; the Tech Lab, curated to highlight the latest tech products making a positive impact on physical activity levels; and the Fringe, an unofficial programme of events and activities, including an England Athletics RunTogether Group run and Paddle Boarding sessions taking place the morning of Thursday 11 May.

Max Quittenton, Director of Elevate, comments: “We were thrilled with the success of the first Elevate held last year, which demonstrated the benefits of bringing together physical activity and healthcare professionals and keen to build upon the momentum of 2016. Elevate is essential to any organisation looking to gain a greater insight into how cross-sector collaboration can address the complex societal issue of inactivity.”

Lead supporters of the event this year include Public Health England, ukactive, London Sport, The Institute of Sport, Exercise & Health (ISEH) and The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

To make sure you’re at the UK’s largest cross-sector event focused on tackling physical inactivity, register for free at: www.elevatearena.com


CLAIM YOUR CPD POINTS: 3 CPD points will be awarded to CIMSPA members for each day, so make sure you claim your points both days by visiting us at the Central Hub.


CIMSPA partners and Skills Pavilion exhibitors taking part at Elevate 2017

Partner nameStand
Active IQ Skills Pavilion 1
Alliance Leisure N/A Sponsor
Aspire Stand 262
Babcock International Group Skills Pavilion 8
Hippo Leisure Stand 60
Les Mills Stand 92
Move it or Lose it! Stand GE8
Parkour UK Stand 152
Planday Stand 206
Pulse Fitness Stand 90
IQL UK Stand AA1
STA Stand AA4
YMCA Awards Skills Pavilion 5
VTCT Skills Pavilion 4

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