Elevate Conference


In 2018, we will have a new Elevate Conference designed to enable the sector to live up to its full potential, analyse the challenges, assess the evidence and present the opportunities - all brought to live by an incredible line-up of speakers. FREE-TO-ATTEND.




Elevate 2018 seminars are divided into individual themes which offer attendees an unparalleled peer-to-peer learning opportunity. Over 200 expert speakers, during the two days, will represent industry, policy, academia, human performance, health care and local government to share perspectives, ideas and the latest innovations proven to get people more active. All seminars are FREE-TO-ATTEND.


Strategies for an active nation


This stream will examine how the physical activity and its wider stakeholders can reach and influence the inactive, exploring how to create opportunities for people to be active in ways that fit their everyday lives and interests. We'll identify the challenges - and potential solutions - associated with specific population groups; we'll report on different routes to change, from individual behaviour change strategies to London's city-wide approach; and we'll investigate options to collaborate with GPs and physiotherapists. VIEW PROGRAMME.

Sponsored by Incorpore

Supported by ukactive

Evidence base: physical activity for health and wellbeing


This series of seminars will examine the evidence base behind physical activity and its potential contribution to health and wellbeing throughout an individual's life. VIEW PROGRAMME.

Sponsored by MedichecksSupported by Public Health England

Performance: maximising potential


In these seminars, we cover the full range of performance, from the role of psychology and nutrition among elite athletes, through to new innovations in personalised programming for maximum results, to the vital importance of sleep, meditation, nutrition and recovery in optimising everyone's performance in their day-to-day lives. VIEW PROGRAMME.

Sponsored by Matrix

Supported by BUCS

The business of physical activity


Elevate's business seminars see industry experts providing insights into the trends shaping the sector, how to get the attention of the investment community, and how to use the data your business gathers, as well as practical sessions on topics including marketing, social media, cost-savings, staffing and many more. There will also be an afternoon dedicated to aquatics and pool operation. VIEW PROGRAMME.

Sponsored by eGYMSupported by CIMSPA

Full programme of events:

Seminars on: Day 1

Wednesday 9th May

Time Session Stream
09:50-10:20 Air pollution v active travel Evidence Base
09:50-10:20 Breathing: lowering stress and enhancing performance Performance
10:00-10:30 The future of fitness: Trends and innovations Business
10:00-10:30 Understanding the ‘hard to reach’: the power of public data Active Nation
10:30-10:40 Opening Keynote Address: Our Sporting Future, today Conference
10:35-11:05 Keeping the UK's top killers in check: Stroke and high blood pressure Evidence Base
10:40-11:10 Sleep optimisation for peak performance Performance
10:55-11:25 Physical activity for prevention - a global challenge Conference
10:55-11:45 Improving inclusivity: Driving participation among disabled people Active Nation
11:00-11:40 The 'how to' of social media Business
11:35-12:05 Keeping the UK's top killers in check: Cancer Evidence Base
11:40-12:10 Maximising recovery strategies Performance
11:40-12:20 Does exercise have an impact on obesity? Conference
12:05-12:45 Getting kids active at school Active Nation
12:10-12:40 Delivering a successful sports facility project – a ‘how to’ guide Business
12:30-13:10 Exercise and cancer care Evidence Base
12:40-13:10 Understanding motivation and will-power to maximise potential Performance
12:50-13:20 Michael Mosley keynote presentation Conference
13:10-13:50 Getting the attention of the investment community Business
13:15-14:05 Keeping teens active Active Nation
13:35-14:15 Pre- and post-surgery: How exercise improves your odds under the knife Evidence Base
13:40-14:10 Hydration and performance Performance
13:50-14:40 Exercise referral is dead. Long live social prescribing Conference
14:20-14:50 Bringing the costs of pool operation under control Business
14:25-15:05 Physiotherapy: Getting the inactive more active Active Nation
14:35-15:05 Monitoring and motivation – can tracking your health improve adherence to lifestyle changes? Evidence Base
14:40-15:10 Nutrition: Guidance for fitness industry Performance
15:00-15:40 Unleashing the potential of the sporting economy Conference
15:20-16:00 The benefits of a ‘multi morbidity’ approach - putting the evidence into practice Evidence Base
15:20-16:05 Increasing aquatics revenues Business
15:30-16:10 Behaviour change techniques to tackle inactivity Active Nation
15:40-16:20 Fat and performance Performance
16:10-16:50 Is open data the key to unlocking participation? Conference
16:15-16:55 Proving your worth: How to build an evidence base Evidence Base
16:30-17:15 Working with GPs: Prescribing physical activity Active Nation
16:35-17:15 Why public pools should be made available for aquatic activity Business
16:40-17:10 How a healthy gut will boost your performance Performance

Seminars on: Day 2

Thursday 10th May

Time Session Stream
09:45-10:15 Keynote: How a National Activity Therapy Service could resolve the social care crisis Conference
09:50-10:20 Planning for success Performance
09:50-10:25 Making savings the no risk way Business
09:50-10:30 Why the menopause needn't be a slippery slope to bad health Evidence Base
09:55-10:30 Redesigning sport to target new audiences Active Nation
10:25-11:10 Our population is ageing. Let’s make sure it ages well. Conference
10:40-11:15 What do our genes really tell you about our sporting abilities? Performance
10:40-11:20 Here’s how you really make money from personal training Business
10:45-11:25 Exercise & the natural environment – the perfect anti-stress combination Evidence Base
10:55-11:35 A city-wide approach: Collaboration and partnership working Active Nation
11:30-12:00 Stress, resilience and performance Performance
11:40-12:20 Behaviour change: Making a difference to entire communities Conference
11:50-12:30 Creating an experience Business
11:55-12:35 Older adults: Strength and balance for falls prevention Evidence Base
12:05-12:45 Reaching the inactive: Sport England’s local delivery pilots Active Nation
12:20-12:50 The importance of vitamin D for performance Performance
12:50-13:05 Wellness in the UK: Growth, trends and customer loyalty Conference
13:00-13:40 Getting the most from your staff Business
13:05-13:45 Pregnancy: Why and how to be active Evidence Base
13:10-13:40 Using innovation and technology to enhance customer experience Performance
13:15-14:05 Healthy workplace, healthy economy Active Nation
13:20-13:45 How sport and activity could save the UK Conference
14:00-14:20 Bloodwork – how can fitness professionals use blood tests to improve health and performance? Performance
14:00-14:30 Understanding the millennial mindset Business
14:00-14:40 Technology: Friend, not foe Conference
14:15-14:55 Mental Health: Using exercise to treat depression Evidence Base
14:25-15:05 We all want to age in good health. Here’s how we make it happen… Active Nation
14:40-15:10 The science of meditation – how mental health boosts physical performance Performance
15:00-16:00 Using data effectively Business
15:10-15:50 Are we selling physical activity all wrong? Conference
15:25-16:05 Mental health: Preventing cognitive decline through activity Evidence Base
15:20-15:50 Making physical activity socially inclusive Active Nation
15:40-16:10 Hydration explained for everyday activity, couch to elite endurance Performance
16:05-16:25 Exercise in disguise - its 'just' playing! Active Nation