As well as successfully hosting the RAPs Official Opening last month, we also showcased the ways in which we are helping to further professionalise the aquatic industry at this year’s Leisure Industry Week (LIW), which took place at the NEC in Birmingham from 24-26 September.
Throughout the three day exhibition we certainly had a lot going on and it was fantastic to meet and greet both existing members and those interested in RAPs.
A Q&A panel session was held on the Wednesday with STA’s Roger Millward (CEO), ASA’s Jane Nickerson (Chief Operating Officer) and RLSS’s Tara Dillon (Executive Director) discussing the key issues about the Register(the single qualifications framework and traineeships within the leisure industry) and the plans for RAPs in the year ahead.
Stuart Wilsion, Sector Lead for RAPs said:
‘It’s been an exciting few weeks for the Register with both the launch and LIW highlighting the importance and need for RAPs. LIW was a fantastic opportunity to look at career pathways in the industry and we were able to engage with key stake holders, existing members and potential members.”.
However the highlight of the week, which we are sure those who attended certainly agreed, was our ‘Hook a Duck’ competition, taking place in the STA SwimZone.
After a somewhat apprehensive start, the competition proved a great success, with everyone joining in from show visitors, STA staff and exhibitors. Even STA’s Operations Director Theo Millward had a go! Prizes won throughout the competition included one year’s free subscription to H2Open Water magazine, iTunes vouchers and RAPs branded goodies. An iPad was also up for grabs however, sadly no one hooked the sought-after duck.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the STA for kindly letting us use their pool for the week.
Overall the event was a great success and we look forward to returning next year!