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Way back in the 1990s

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Way back in the 1990’s Innes Kerr, Mike Rollason and Gill Stewart were key figures in the fast growing Fitness Industry. Innes began his career with DeVere fitness and Fitness for Industry whilst Mike developed a prestige Independent Health Club and outdoor activity centre in Milton Keynes. He also became..Read More


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Countryfile Live

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In August 2016 we joined the Countryfile Live Team at Blenheim Palace – Instructors from across the UK manned the stand and helped with Tasters and Demos. We managed to chat to Adam and other presenters from the show about Nordic Walking too


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On line training launched

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To help people make career changes due to the COVID Pandemic we created an online training formula that reduced the need to travel or stay overnight. Our unique Diploma can now be achieved by attending only one practical day instead of 3. The Diploma which is the lynch pin or..Read More


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Early millenium

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By the millennium, Gill had moved to the Private sector where she helped Mike build up his Health Club membership prior to its sale to a large chain. Gill remained at the helm, driving customer care, building the Membership and managing the renovation until taking a National role with the..Read More


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New Festival location!

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By 2018 we had outgrown the Festival field in Swanage and wanted our own exclusive location in a more central position with better transport links. Our stunning Festival HUB in Corfe Castle was a great hit…views of the Castle, walking distance to the Village and with great bus and even..Read More


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2005

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Following a break whilst living in the French Alps and consulting to the Fitness Industry about using outdoor programmes to increase engagement (as Sante Solutions), Gill and Mike discoverd the power of poles for cross country skiing and trekking. They met up with Martin Christie and invited him onto their..Read More


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Keswick Mountain Festival

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The HQ Team were getting more requests to attend shows, exhibitions and festivals so enter the BIG PURPLE DOME! There would be no missing the NWUK Team from now on that’s for sure! The Dome was a massive hit at the Keswick Mountain Festival and it even survived the storms..Read More


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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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Keswick Festival 2018

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Back in the Lakes again with our trusty trailer and Dome – fingers crossed for good weather and the chance to actually meet people this year! What a difference form the storms of 2017 – it was HOT HOT HOT and we had packed Taster sessions and huge interest on..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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Countryfile Live 2017

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Back at Blenheim Palace for Countryfile Live and this time it was Ellie who got the Nordic Walking demo! Our team had a ball down by the Riverside as we encouraged folk to pick up some poles and experience the whole body workout! We even added a song and dance..Read More


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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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