ETKO Sports Academy featured in Parliamentary Review

Julia Hartley-Brewer with Vio and Laura Etko at the launch of The Parliamentary Review 2019
Julia Hartley-Brewer with Vio and Laura Etko at the launch of The Parliamentary Review 2019

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An Aberdeenshire sporting facility has been featured as part of The Parliamentary Review 2019.

ETKO Sports Academy, a provider of fitness programmes and coached sessions for all ages, has a 1000-word case study within this year’s publication, after receiving an invitation to showcase the company’s best practice as a learning tool for the public and private sector.

The Parliamentary Review is distributed to over half a million individuals each year, including key representatives across the digital, culture, media and sporting sectors. The 2019 edition includes forewords from the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and the Rt Hon Elizabeth Truss MP Secretary of State for International Development along with a review of the year from journalist and broadcaster Andrew Neil.

Oldmeldrum-based ETKO Sports Academy is one of a select group of 13 sports representatives to be featured in The Parliamentary Review 2019. The company was founded in 2008 by former international gymnast Laura Etko and her husband Vio, a reigning world veteran wrestling champion. Having started life offering only a small number of classes for pre-school children, ETKO Sports Academy now welcomes over 1000 members of all ages through its doors each week.

On Tuesday, 17 September founders Laura and Vio Etko attended a gala evening in the Terrace Pavilion to celebrate the release of this year’s publication.

“Inclusion in The Parliamentary Review has given us a valuable opportunity to share our story with key individuals,” said Laura Etko, director, ETKO Sports Academy. “Over the past 11 years, we have experienced rapid growth and developed specialist programmes that are unique to us. As well as highlighting these milestones, our case study also gave us the chance to turn the spotlight on some of the ongoing challenges – such as securing funding and recruiting instructors – that we face as a sporting provider.”

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