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Why Club Leadership Award Winners Love the IHRSA European Congress

Let’s be honest—it’s not hard to find people who love the IHRSA European Congress. 

Each autumn, about 500 health and fitness executives gather in a vibrant European city to attend thought-provoking presentations, network with industry peers, and visit leading local clubs. What’s not to love?

Still, we wanted to get a fresh take on the conference as we gear up for the 17th Annual IHRSA European Congress, 23-26 October in London. So we asked past European Club Leadership Award winners what they love about the event. 

1. Sophisticated, Executive-level Networking

“For me, the most important thing about the European Congress is the networking it provides and the sophisticated, executive level of many of the attendees. The ability to connect with each of them personally offers a unique and valuable opportunity to learn from others, obtain peer support, and conduct a little check on oneself.” 

– Anastasia Yusina, founder and president OrangeFitness and CityFitness 

2. Inspiring Tours of Local Health Clubs

“In addition to the valuable educational sessions and the networking, the club tours have been rewarding for me. I’ve gotten a ton of inspiration I could apply when I got back—not only from a design and functionality perspective, but also from a business-model perspective, as the operators that hosted us as guests typically shared behind-the-scenes information that was very useful.”  

– Rasmus Ingerslev, chair of REPEAT and the IHRSA Board

3. The Perfect Size

“The best part if the size of the event, which allows for lots of networking, speaking with peers for learning and sharing.” 

– Constance Ruiz, president and co-founder of Vivafit

Experience the IHRSA European Congress as a Leadership Award Winner 

The European Club Leadership Award is presented to an IHRSA member who has advanced their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance in the European market.

If you want to experience the IHRSA European Congress as a Leadership Award Winner—and attend the event for free—you’ve got to apply! Applications are due 8 September.