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The Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards – Meet the Shortlist!

The shortlist for all categories in The Active Pregnancy Foundation has now been revealed. The shortlist was finalised after being judged by our expert panel. All the nominations for the awards were worthy of winning, but those who’ve made the shortlist stood out in the quality of their work and the impact they’re having on the health outcomes of pregnant and postnatal women.

There are 14 awards overall and the winners will be announced at the Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023 – in association with Natal Active at a glitzy ceremony on the 27th of June 2023 at 10 Union Street in London.

The Shortlist

In the ‘People’ Category – Sponsored by This Girl Can

Pre- & Postnatal Instructor of the Year

Mother Athlete of the Year

Sports Practitioner of the Year

Perinatal Practitioner of the Year

Researcher of the Year

This Mum Moves Ambassador of the Year

In the Programmes Category – Sponsored by Move Consulting

Online Workout Programme of The Year

Class of the Year

· Lorna’s Buggy Circuit – Lorna Catchpole

· Mum & Baby Fitness Class – Rhona Blackhall

· Strong Mums Club – Rebecca Masters

Community Project or Initiative of the Year

Campaign of the Year

In the ‘Places’ Category – Sponsored by Towergate Health & Protection

Organisation of the Year

Operator of the Year

The nominees join the ‘Woman of the Year’ and ‘Product of the Year’ (Sponsored by Vitabiotics Pregnacare) finalists, who faced the public vote throughout May. The vote is now closed.

Sally Kettle, CEO The Active Pregnancy Foundation says, “We’ve attracted over 400 nominations for the event this year, and I know the judges found it incredibly difficult to bring the field down to just three shortlisted entries for each award. It’s also heart-warming to have heard from so many of the people who were nominated who felt that, for the very first time, they were being recognised for the work they’re doing. We cannot wait to announce the winners, whilst celebrating everyone who has made the shortlist. We’ll also be giving a shout out to all who were nominated too .”

The Awards

All nominations were judged in relation to criteria set out by The Active Pregnancy Foundation ensuring those working with pregnant and postnatal women had appropriate qualifications and were insured where necessary, and were committed to continuing professional development. All awards will be considered in the context of physical activity during the perinatal period. The charity invited those who work with pregnant and postnatal women to nominate themselves or others in four broad categories: people, places, products, and programmes.

Despite the many physical and mental health benefits of regular engagement with physical activities, research has shown that participation declines during the childbearing years with as many as 3 in 4 women missing out on the associated benefits every year[1]and few returning to pre-pregnancy participation levels. The Active Pregnancy Foundation Awards 2023 will recognise and celebrate the people and enterprises that make a difference to women’s engagement with and experience of physical activities during the pre- and postnatal life stages. The event will commend those who demonstrate best practice in the field and highlight a collective intention to raise awareness and standards in safety, access, and provision.

Check out our website for more information about the Awards and to buy tickets.

[1] Active Pregnancy Foundation - Annual Survey, June 2022


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