Vital role for sports industry

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SOUTH Yorkshire’s sport and fitness industry is being predicted to play a vital role in helping to reduce the level of unemployment in the area as a key employer of young people, according to the industry’s skills body SkillsActive.

Jean-Ann Marnoch, Registrar for the Register for Exercise Professionals, which is part of SkillsActive, said: “Despite the challenges facing the economy in South Yorkshire, the sport and active leisure industry is experiencing growth as people try to step up healthy lifestyles. The take-up of personal trainers is increasing 15 per cent year on year. Much of the job creation is going to be among the 16 to 24 age group.

“And as interest for jobs in our sector increased following the Olympics, now is an ideal time to introduce young people to the active careers.”