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Featured on BBC Breakfast

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Mike Bushell from BBC Breakfast came to Purbeck to film the HQ Team with the local group. He had a go at learning the basics before joining the group for a scenic walk. Along the way he chatted to them about the benefits they had experienced and also remarked on..Read More


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First UK Festival in Purbeck

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Following the event in Seville, we thought it was time to get to know the Purple people across the UK so we got together with a local running Marathon event and created the Purbeck NW Marathon and a shorter but equally hard 16 mile challenge. To make sure all levels..Read More


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UK Active Flame award WINNERS!

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How delighted were we when we won our first major award! The UK Active outdoor programmes category was all new but we will still up against some very stiff competition. The judging  was stringent, endless evidence of best practice was submitted and our protocols, training, systems and values were under..Read More


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International conference in Seville

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In 2015 the NWUK team were commissioned by the Seville Tourist board to create an International Conference for Instructors and Walkers. Taking in the City of Seville and neighbouring walled citadel of Carmona, this event was a first! There was a mix of presentations, themed walks and a challenge event..Read More


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Complete guide to Nordic Walking published

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In 2013 Gill was commissioned by BLOOMSBURY PRESS to write a book for their Complete Guide series. With the help of groups around the UK and partners Worldwide, she penned a manual that is as useful for Instructors and Leaders as it is for those curious to know more about..Read More


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Conference 4 in Stratford-on-Avon

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Our fourth event in 2014 saw us embrace everything form Roller skis, Bungypump and even Nerf guns in our tradition of creating innovative and fun programmes. Instructors from all over the UK joined us for two days of presentations, workshops and business advice from Mike and Innes


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3rd Instructor Conference Coventry

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Our third conference was a combined physical activity and nordic walking event with speakers such as Bob Laventure Consultant on Physical Activity and Older people at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health and Robin Gargrave from YMCA fit. Once again we added more walking based..Read More


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Became a CYQ centre

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Our team developed the CYQ certificate in fitness and nordic walking and became a CYQ Centre. We also wrote a bespoke exercise referral qualification and continued to create new and innovative Programmes  as a weight loss course in conjunction with Pete Cohen (known as the weight loss guru)


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Second Instructor conference

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Having doubled in size we held our second conference for over 300 Instructors in Northampton. We launched several of our new programmes including our wellbeing (with balance, breathing and smovey exercises and ultimate nordic concepts such as ski fit and trek fit


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First Instructor conference

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By 2010 we had a dedicated bunch of Instructors who delivering nordic  walking tuition in the UK and keen to learn more. We wanted to make sure they understood the history but more importantly began to upskill in order to change more lives. We invited Pole walking pioneers Tom Rutlin..Read More


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2009

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We moved to new larger offices and training rooms in Olney as the staff team grew to 4 and we began training new Tutors and building the all new NWUK website


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2008

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A new format training course was developed and REPs (Register of Exercise Professionals) accreditation gained. A new UK Office was established in Olney near Milton Keynes and Gill and Mike returned to the UK to develop NWUK brand, systems, training and programmes.


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