Thought-Leaders Conference

Sponsored by PayAsUGym

With the government’s growing focus on prevention over cure, increased investment in the NHS and a New Long Term Plan due – the Elevate Thought Leaders Conference will explore how the physical activity and health care sectors can truly deliver a happier, healthier, more active nation.

From social prescribing to active urban design, digital disruption to community-wide behaviour change initiatives, the Elevate Conference aims to inspire bigger picture thinking that will unleash the full power of the physical activity sector as a force for good in society.

The conference will feature the most pressing challenges and opportunities for the health and fitness sector, all brought to life with keynote talks and strategic debates from senior representatives from public health, elite sport, and physical activity – catalysing the audience to challenge itself to reach its full potential.

All sessions are FREE TO ATTEND - register for your free pass now.


The Elevate, COPA and Elite Sports Expo seminars are divided into individual themes which offer attendees an unparalleled peer-to-peer learning opportunity. Over 300 expert speakers, during the two days, will represent industry, policy, academia, human performance, healthcare and local government to share perspectives, ideas and the latest innovations proven to get people more active. All sessions are FREE TO ATTEND - register for your free pass now.

Strategies for an Active Nation

Supported by ukactive

Exploring ways to get the inactive more active by addressing the challenges and potential solutions.

Supported by ukactive

The Business of Physical Activity

Sponsored by eGym and supported by CIMSPA

As financial pressures continue to mount, this stream looks at how leisure businesses can perform as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Sponsored by eGYMSupported by CIMSPA

Maximising Wellbeing and Performance

This series of seminars will look at research and evidence on ways to maximise wellbeing and performance.

Future Performance

This stream highlights the latest developments in high performance sport. It will explore what we can learn from developments driven by the demands of competition in elite sport, by uncovering research, translating it through examples of advances in science and technology - through case studies, talks debates and peer to peer learning from across sport.

The Business of Physical Therapy

Helping physical therapists to understand the latest trends, innovations and approaches to delivery of quality care and strategies and opportunities for improved efficiencies within their practice.

Moving Medicine

Supported by FSEM, PHE and Sport England

The Faculty of Sport and Exercise Medicine in partnership with Public Health England and Sport England have created a Moving Medicine initiative - dedicated to spreading best practice and research to create a healthier, happier and more active nation. The Moving Medicine programme at Elevate brings this initiative to life exploring the relationship between physical activity and health improvement.


Active Kids

The scale of health challenges facing children in the UK is huge, as today’s kids are the least active ever, and are likely to lead a shorter life than their parents. This series of seminars will examine the latest trends and innovation in activating kids.

Active Aquatics

This stream has been created by Swim England, specifically for those responsible for providing aquatic activities and facilities.

Sessions on Day 1

Wednesday 8th May

Time Session Stream
09:55 - 10:35 Creating an effective digital marketing strategy Business of Activity
10:05 - 10:45 Insights from PHE's Active 10 Campaign Active Nation
10:55 - 11:35 Building a brand: standing out from the crowd Business of Activity
11:05 - 11:45 Combatting isolation and loneliness Active Nation
11:05 - 12:00 Prevention not cure - what is the role of personalised care? Conference
11:55 - 12:35 Fitness and franchising Business of Activity
12:05 - 12:45 Creating a blue print for physical activity partnerships Active Nation
12:20 - 12:45 Keynote Address: My Vision for the Future Conference
12:35 - 13:35 Making a success of your business Business of Activity
13:05 - 13:45 Co-locating health and physical activity services in leisure centres Active Nation
13:05 - 14:00 What is the future of sport and mass participation? Conference
13:55 - 14:35 Creating the spaces that customers want Business of Activity
14:05 - 14:45 How to engage and support the least active in practice Active Nation
14:55 - 15:35 Virtual coaching: the future of wellbeing and fitness? Business of Activity
15:05 - 15:45 Personalised care and social prescribing Active Nation
15:05 - 16:15 The State of the UK Fitness Industry Report - the golden age of fitness? Conference
16:00 - 16:40 Digitisation of sport and participation Active Nation
16:40 - 17:30 What do customers really want? Conference
16:55 - 17:30 Making sport and physical activity accessible for all Active Nation

Sessions on Day 2

Thursday 9th May

Time Session Stream
10:00 - 10:25 Keynote Address - Professor Dame Sally Davies Conference
10:05 - 10:35 The future of fitness: trends and innovations Business of Activity
10:05 - 10:45 Digital – tools to engage the least active Active Nation
10:45 - 11:35 What will it take to get our children active? Conference
10:55 - 11:35 Creating products and services for older adults Business of Activity
11:05 - 11:45 Reviving the high streets – opportunities for sport and leisure Active Nation
11:55 - 12:35 Capitalising on the disruption of technology: the role of virtual technology on site Business of Activity
12:30 - 13:20 Tackling inequalities - creating an active society Conference
12:35 - 13:35 Inclusivity: preparing the workforce Business of Activity
13:05 - 13:45 Encouraging movement for all: supporting people with long term conditions to become more active Active Nation
13:55 - 14:35 Innovative approaches to big builds Business of Activity
14:05 - 14:45 How to create consistent physical activity messaging Active Nation
14:20 - 14:45 In conversation with ‘Dot’ Perkins, Captain, Invictus Games 2018 and Registered Physiotherapist Conference
14:55 - 15:35 Driving the growth of group exercise Business of Activity
15:05 - 15:45 Promoting sport and physical activity amongst women Active Nation