Convention 2023

Welcome to our first face to face convention in 4 years. It's been a long time coming and we're so excited to get everyone together again!


Agenda for the day

9am Alvaston Parkrun / Registration

10.30am Introductions and annual update from Brad Blake, Catherine Hughes and Karen Ingram   INWA 2023 report 

11am  Dr Fiona Holland talks Behaviour Change - how to get people to join your classes and then stay. Dr Holland, as well as a Nordic Walker, is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Derby teaching on the MSc in Behaviour Change supporting people to enable change within their organisations.

12 noon Dr Liz Heyworth-Thomas  talks about using social media to bring your Nordic Walking classes to the attention of more people locally. She is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Bangor Business School and in the new year will be launching a series of online training opportunities for small businesses. 


1pm Lunch

1.45pm Chris Stanley and Sarah McCracken bring you an update on Sarah's PhD work on Parkinson's as well as a personal story from new INWA Instructor Chris. Chris is a former PE teacher who was diagnosed with Parkinson's 6 years ago. Sarah introduced her to Nordic Walking and the rest is history

2.15pm Practical sessions - our National trainers - Karen Ingram, Hamis Willis, Vicky Welsh, Tatiana Novaes Coelho and John Horton - bring you the best from the INWA 2023 Convention in Riga. They will also provide a 10 Steps update for those who have not been able to attend a session or simply want a face to face update.

4.15pm Ella Ferris, our BNW Office Manager, will finish with a session to help you grow your classes locally. This will build on Fiona and Liz's morning sessions but focus on growing your offline reputation. Ella has previously managed marketing for small not-for-profits on a shoe string budget.

5pm Close


5pm onwards - Joe Mairura kindly offers his business coaching services to us. Why not take up Joe's support in a small group session aimed at helping you grow your classes? 


Thanks to NordicWalk.Store for organising such great goodie bags and the fantastic competition! Great partnership once again :)

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