Instructor Conference 2016

Instructor Conference 2016

In 2016 we tied the NWUK Instructor Conference into the Purbeck Nordic Walking Festival so NWUK Instructors could attend a day of amazing Professional presentations on Thursday and then choose to join their groups to enjoy the practical workshops, social events and walks of the Festival which was run from Friday to Sunday.

The Instructor Conference was held at THE KINGSTON COUNTRY COURTYARD an amazing rustic venue with views to die for between Swanage and Corfe Castle in Dorset. (Approximately 5 miles from the main Festival hub).

Instructors could meet other Instructors, learn about the latest developments in Nordic Walking delivery and be inspired by presentations from leading experts. As ever, we will cover all the topics that really concern Instructors and plenty of things to inspire them too.

  • What works and why from other Instructors in our idea sharing workshops
  • Learn about our new programmes, concepts and partnerships
  • Be inspired by case studies, testimonials and real life examples of how NW is changing lives
  • Listen to leading health and wellbeing experts in the keynote sessions
  • Boost your NW skills and knowledge with the new NWUK education team
  • Ask the questions that concern YOU

PLEASE NOTE: This is a past event from 2016. There will be no Instructor Conference in 2017, we will be holding Instructor Road Shows around the UK, please contact for more information.

Instructor Conference 2016 – Schedule

8.30Coffee and registration
9.00Opening & welcome
An overview of the day ahead plus an opportunity to enjoy the now legendary NWUK ‘Hall of Fame’ video 2016! Be amazed, inspired and amused by the antics of NWUK Instructors and their groups.
Mike Rollason - MD
Gill Stewart - Programmes Director
9.30NW chat show
An exclusive interview with the NW guru Marko Kantaneva about the evolution of NW since he was sponsored whilst at university in Finland to develop it as a technique. Be prepared for an honest, amusing account and take your chance to ask him questions too.
Marko Kantaneva
10.30Coffee break
11.30Understanding medical conditions from Par to Practice
An interactive workshop in which our exercise referral specialist Jason Feavers explores that tick on the Par q box. The questions you may need to ask and how you can upskill to understand who you should accept on your sessions and what the process is should they require referral.
Jason Feavers
Academy Tutor & Exercise referral specialist
12.00Exercise Anywhere Academy - Professional Development Modules
Denise Page, former director of YMCA and now Education Director for Exercise Anywhere, sets out our extensive education and instructor-support plan for 2017. Having been at the forefront of NW training since 2004 and created the world’s first formal fitness walking qualification we have taken a further step towards excellence with our Diplomas and mix of online and practical workshops. Providing our instructors with the opportunity to develop business skills; gain more knowledge on medical conditions; better understand, engage and retain clients. In short... to excel!
Denise Page
Education Director Exercise Anywhere Academy

Martin Christie
Director NWUK
12.45Networking Lunch – enjoy a buffet as you socialise and share ideas with other Instructors
1.45Exciting new research
Queen Mary’s University London outline their new and most relevant research study on the exercise and health behaviour of Nordic Walking UK members and why the unique approach of NWUK adds additional benefits to the introduction of an exercise activity. The scientifically rigorous analysis will help us all better our understanding of our clients and we need your help to prove what we all know already ... Nordic Walking changes lives!
Stephanie Hemmings
Centre for sports and exercise medicine Queen Mary University Hospital
2.15How do they do that?
Ever wondered how some Instructors manage to grow successful programmes whilst others struggle to get going or stagnate? Join our business support experts to explore the key elements that we have identified as essential for growth and success. Prepare to be amazed at how simple things can make a HUGE difference as you learn from real examples and get the chance to put your questions to our panel.
Gill Stewart
NWUK Director
3.15A moment of Mindfulness – a taste of how you can refresh your mind in 10 minutesJason Feavers
3.30Afternoon Tea
4.00Communication the MI approach
Having helpful client centred conversations based on the principles of motivational interviewing can lead to improved rates of conversion and customer retention. Robin Gargrave will discuss the principles of the approach in this one hour presentation as part of the launch of a one day NWUK CPD programme where instructors can develop the necessary skills.
Robin Gargrave
Director Ad Lib training & Fitness Industry expert
4.45Walking without poles – why would you?
We outline our new natural fitness walking concept and how you can work with us to attract a wider audience with a simple exercise solution that gets results.
Gill Stewart