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There's Still Time to Apply for the IHRSA European Club Leadership Award

The deadline to apply for the 2016 IHRSA European Club Leadership Award is less than one month away!

Don't wait to apply for the award, which annually recognizes a leader in the European fitness club industry who has done the most to advance their company and the industry through strong leadership and performance.

“This award not only honors the recipient, but it also introduces the individual to club operators who want to learn from themwhether in person or by following and connecting with them through social media. It’s one more way in which IHRSA fosters 'Success by Association,'" says Alison O'Kane, associate vice president of international development.

This year’s award will be presented during the 16th Annual IHRSA European Congress, October 17-20, in Seville, Spain. The deadline to apply is September 9th. 

The IHRSA Awards Program seeks to “recognize, celebrate, and inspire.” Learn about applying for the European Club Leadership Award and more information about IHRSA’s industry awards, including prior recipients and open applications.


Join IHRSA at FIBO and Tell Us Why You Get Active

Stop by the IHRSA stand (D56 in Hall 5.2) at FIBO in Cologne, Germany, and tell us why you get active. The IHRSA team will have a white board for members and visitors to write why they get active. Photos will be taken and posted on social media as part of the #WhyGetActive campaign. 

You can also learn about the new #WhyGetActive video contest for IHRSA members. This is an opportunity for you to share the great work your club is doing, and compete for some bonus publicity and the opportunity to help an organization or charity in your community. The contest runs from 21 March – 31 May, and a winner will be announced the first week of June.   

The IHRSA Europe team will be on hand to answer any questions members may have about the upcoming annual IHRSA European Congress to be held 17-20 October in Seville, Spain. This is the 16th annual Congress, which has rotated throughout Europe bringing industry leaders together since the inaugural event was held in Brussels in 2001. 

“The IHRSA team will also be happy to help with any questions about member benefits and services,” said Alison Giannaras, associate vice president of international development for IHRSA, who will also be at FIBO. 

“We had the opportunity to meet many European members at IHRSA 2016 in Orlando,” said Jeroen van Liempd, IHRSA Europe director, who attended the event with Angela Meurer, IHRSA Europe general manager. “We are bringing a bigger team to FIBO, and we are all very excited to meet more members and share what IHRSA has to offer.”


Check out what is new, offered for IHRSA 2014 international attendees

IHRSA doesn’t include “International” in the title of its biggest and best show for nothing. 

The offerings and events at IHRSA 2014 33rd Annual International Convention & Trade Show for those not from the United States – more than 2,300 from 84 countries in 2013 – are the reasons the numbers continue to rise each year.

Those coming to the IHRSA 2014, in San Diego from March 12-15, will see more events, more translations and more countrymen than every before.

For IHRSA 2014 new offerings, translations and more, read on.


SIBEC is a great chance to meet one-on-one

Members of IHRSA and SIBEC take time from SIBEC Europe 2013: from left, Francesca Tonna (SIBEC), Hans Muench (IHRSA), Iain Tonna (SIBEC), Kathryn Swift (SIBEC), Alison O'Kane Giannaras (IHRSA), David Zarb Jenkins (SIBEC), Christoph Andanson (Les Mills / Planet Fitness).IHRSA's Hans Muench, director, IHRSA Europe, and Alison O'Kane Giannaras, associate vice president of International Operations, were at SIBEC Europe, in Marbella, Spain, last week. 

SIBEC Europe brings together the United Kingdom's and Europe's leaders in the health, fitness and leisure industries to meet with top suppliers for one-on-one meetings.

For more, visit SIBEC Europe.