Apprentices are REPs’ newest members

Oldham Community Leisure Limited (OCLL) has demonstrated its commitment to creating a qualified and competent workforce by registering graduates from its Modern Apprenticeship Scheme on the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs).

The apprentice programme within OCLL provides paid employment for individuals whilst receiving on and off the job training. The seven new Modern Apprentices will join the existing six Modern Apprentices who were recruited late last year in a formal training plan which includes a Level 2 qualification in Gym Instruction, BSC Level 1 in Health and Safety, First Aid, Customer Care and Manual Handling training and for those based at a wet site a Level 2 qualification in Pool Plant Operations.  By recruiting new Modern Apprentices this has given those already in the existing programme an opportunity to move into other areas of the company such as Outdoor Pursuits and Sports Development.

These qualifications will give the individuals a good grounding of operational qualifications along with relevant experience.  Louise McGreal, Head of Human Resources adds: “To have individuals, that at the end of their Apprenticeship, have a great balance of operational qualifications and experience, will put them in an excellent position to be recruited for a more permanent position within the company.  All apprentices are offered casual work as a minimum at the end of the scheme and many have remained employed and continue to work and train with OCLL.”

REPs Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch commented: “This is a great show of support for the Register and we wish all the young people on OCLL’s Modern Apprenticeship Programme the very best for a life-long career in the fitness and leisure sector.”

What formats do you want to see the REPs journal published in?

As the publishers of the REPs journal and email newsletter, sportEX is always looking for ways to add value to members through the journal. We’re currently looking at whether to make the REPs journal available on the iPad and possibly also the Android platform but we’d really appreciate your input on whether this would be useful. Please click here for a very quick 5 question survey.


Free up-skilling units for members – summary post

To reflect working practices, many qualifications have now changed to include small sections on working with atypical clients. This enables instructors to adapt their mainstream classes for clients who may have additional requirements but who are still capable of attending a regular session. This could include older adults/children and vulnerable adults/pre and post natal clients/14-16 year olds/those with disabilities.

Taking these upskilling units is vital to ensure your qualifications are up-to-date. The five specially written assessment units can be found in the members’ area of the REPs’ website. Taking all the units also earns you 5 CPD points. To read the full post click here >

Coming soon….

Look out for the May edition of the REPs’ Journal – coming soon to a letterbox near you!

The bumper issue contains a guide to High Intensity Interval Training (or HIT as it’s commonly known), a question and answer interview on weightlifting, an update on REPs’ newest member, Dame Kelly Holmes, and book reviews; as well as favourites like our research update, accountancy column and the latest from Dr John Searle.

Booking open for FLAME 2012

Reserve your place at the FIA’s 4th annual Flame Conference, 27th June 2012, Magna Centre, Sheffield.

The much anticipated Ball of Fire, at which the winners of the Flame Awards for 2012 will be announced will take place that evening at Ponds Forge, Sheffield and the annual FIA Golf Day and spa will take place the previous day, 26th June, at Tankersley Manor & Golf Course. Take advantage of an early-bird discount by booking before 20th April. Click here to find out more or book your place.

Come and join us in London

The REPs’ South East Convention is being held on Thursday, May 10, in London and we hope you’ll be able to join us there. The event promises to be a fantastic educational day for all delegates. GMTV’s weight-loss guru Pete Cohen will provide a keynote presentation and attendees will be able take part in a selection of 12 interactive workshops. Tickets for the event are only £40* for REPs members and £60* for non-members including a buffet lunch. All REPs’ members will earn 4 CPD points for attending.

*bookings made after the 3rd May will be £45 and £65 respectively
For more information including programme details and booking forms visit:

How coffee and exercise can work together for health

Caffeine and exercise may work together to ward off skin cancer, research suggests. An early study found the combination reduced the number of skin tumours in cancer-prone mice by 62 per cent. Tumours also shrank by 85 per cent in treated animals. Study leader Dr Yao-Ping Lu, from Rutgers Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy in New Jersey, US, said: ‘We found that this combination treatment can decrease sunlight-caused skin cancer formation in a mouse model. ‘I believe we may extrapolate these findings to humans and anticipate that we would benefit from these combination treatments as well.’

Mice exercised on a running wheel after being given a dose of caffeine. Both caffeine and exercise alone produced positive effects, but the benefit was greater when the two were combined. Mice treated with caffeine alone had 27% fewer tumours than untreated mice and their cancers were 61% smaller. In exercise-only mice, tumour activity decreased by 35% and tumour volume by 70%. Caffeine and exercise also led to a weight reduction of 63% in mice fed a high fat diet. Click here to read the article in full.

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