CIMSPA partners shine in Active Training Awards

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity is today celebrating the winners of the 2018 Active Training Awards – organised by ukactive and CIMSPA and sponsored by Active IQ. At the awards ceremony in Birmingham last night, CIMSPA employer and skills development partners swept the board, winning in all 8 award categories up for grabs.

The Active Training Awards recognise an array of leading employers and training providers in the physical activity sector and celebrate workplace success in learning and development.

Official CIMSPA partners Street Games, Jubilee Hall Trust, Everyone Active, Life Leisure UK, Health Innovation Network, Future Fit Training and British Weightlifting were among those who triumphed on the night. CIMSPA employer partners Life Leisure led the way, picking up both the Transformational Leadership Award and Outstanding Individual of the Year Award, who this year was named as Ruth Lynch, Group Exercise Master Trainer.

Award winners

  • Specialist Training Programme of the Year: Health Innovation Network

  • Small Employer of the Year: Jubilee Hall Trust

  • Medium/Large Employer of the Year: Everyone Active

  • Best Innovation: Future Fit Training

  • Training Provider of the Year: Street Games

  • Transformational Leadership Award: Life Leisure UK

  • Outstanding Individual of the Year: Ruth Lynch; Group Exercise Master Trainer at Life Leisure UK

  • Learning and Development Supplier of the Year: British Weightlifting

Speaking at the conclusion of the awards, Steven Ward, CEO of ukactive, said: “This year’s Active Training Conference and Awards have confirmed our belief that across the physical activity sector, organisations are making huge strides on issues such as workplace diversity, skills for the future and career pathways to be proud of.

  Future Fit Training, winners of the Best Innovation award

Future Fit Training, winners of the Best Innovation award

“Congratulations to our 2018 Active Training Award winners for shining a light on the workforce cultures which support and inspire the incredible people driving our industry’s growth. This year’s awards have showcased training and development on a broader scale than ever before, demonstrating the cross-fertilisation of our sector across the full breadth of communities and the public health arena.”

Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA added: “As service quality and innovation rises year on year in our sector, this year’s award winners continue to raise the bar with their work. I’d like to congratulate all of our award winners for their stellar achievement in delivering great learning and development opportunities across the sport and physical activity sector.

“I hope others can take inspiration from the successful programmes and best practice demonstrated by these award winners, and look to build similar innovation and excellence into their own services across our communities.”

‘Fit Got Real’: Sport England launch new This Girl Can phase

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CIMSPA are delighted to announce that Sport England has launched a new phase of its award winning campaign ‘This Girl Can’ – Fit Got Real.

Aiming to build on the success and achievements of the campaign so far, this new phase focuses on reaching out to women of backgrounds and ethnicities who feel left behind by traditional exercise and that tend to be less active.

Fit Got Real features real women who have found innovative ways to fit exercise into their lives in ways that work for and with their lifestyle, commitments and busy schedules. The campaign aims to help the participation issue within the sport and physical activity sector be reaching out to women aged 14 to 60 who may be less active due to a variety of factors.

Participation diversity is something that CIMSPA and our sector are actively striving to achieve, and Sport England and This Girl Can have provided opportunities for you and your organisation to reach out and get involved.

CIMSPA are encouraging sport and physical activity service providers to sign up as a supporter of the campaign to access marketing resources at the This Girl Can website.

Cross-branded marketing collateral including leaflets, flyers and posters etc can also be made using the templates provided for the promotion of events relating to Fit Got Real that target women and girls.

There are also detailed statistics, studies and resources available that track campaign progress, as well as providing a ‘big picture’ view of participation in the sector; showing where you and your organisation can make changes to increase participation diversity.

For more information on the campaign and to register as a supporter visit the This Girl Can website at the link below.

Finalists unveiled for the 2018 Active Training Awards

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) are excited to announce that the finalists for the 2018 Active Training Awards – held in partnership with ukactive and sponsored by Active IQ – have been unveiled. The Active Training Awards recognise an array of leading employers and training providers in the physical activity sector and are designed to celebrate workplace success.

There are 12 CIMSPA partners within this year’s finalists, and we are proud to see their work recognised as some of the best in the sector. ukactive and CIMSPA work with organisations to professionalise and boost the status of the sector’s workforce and it’s great to see their successes celebrated.

For a full list of finalists see below:

Specialist Training Programme of the Year

  • Places for People Leisure

  • Future Fit Training and Fit for Sport

  • Health Innovation Network

  • Nuffield Health

  • Move it or Lose it

Small Employer of the Year

  • Jubilee Hall Trust

  • Oxley Sports Centre

Medium/Large Employer of the Year

  • The Gym Group

  • Everyone Active

  • GLL

  • Places for People Leisure

Best Innovation

  • TRAINFITNESS

  • Escape Fitness

  • Future Fit Training

  • EXOS

Training Provider of the Year

  • Future Fit Training

  • OriGym

  • Discovery Learning

  • Street Games

Have you got your tickets yet? If you want to see who wins, or attend the Active Training Awards and Conference before the awards event, make sure to book your ticket today using the link below:

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Active Training Conference and Awards agenda now released

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The full conference agenda for the 2018 Active Training Conference and Awards is now out.

The event is our sector’s flagship learning and development conference, delivered by ukactive in partnership with CIMSPA and sponsored by Active IQ.

The conference day will be drawing upon a wide array of experts to explore how the sector can develop a balanced and flourishing workforce, the positive impact this has both for businesses as well as wider society, and how the sector can deliver the best possible customer experience in an ever-changing landscape. This year's speakers include:

  • Sophie Lawler, CEO of Total Fitness

  • Hope Virgo, Mental Health Campaigner and Author

  • Jane Sunley, Founder of Purple Cubed

  • Claire Warnes, Head of Education Skills and Productivity KPMG

  • Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA

  • Gemma Bonnett-Kolakowska, Global Marketing Director for Myzone

  • Sian Bain, Move it or Lose it! Instructor

Click here to view the Active Training Conference and Awards Agenda (PDF)

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Strength and Conditioning Trainer Professional Standards consultation now open

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) are excited to have begun a wider consultation on the forthcoming professional standard Strength and Conditioning Trainer.

The Strength and Conditioning Trainer Professional Standard has been developed in partnership with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA).

CIMSPA is seeking general feedback on the standard’s content from individuals and organisations within the sector - especially those with expertise in this area.

Employers will then have a single point of reference to standardise the recruitment, training and professional development of those working in this specialist role. The rollout of the finished standard will take place early next year.

The draft Strength and Conditioning Trainer Professional Standard can be downloaded at the link below. The same link is also the gateway into the consultation questionnaire.

The consultation will be open until Monday 5 October.

If you wish to find out more about the developing standards and endorsement partnership between CIMSPA and UKSCA please go to:

https://www.workforce.org.uk/new-blog/2018/8/9/cimspa-and-uksca-developing-standards-and-endorsement-partnership

For information on the consultation please contact our Head of Education Colin Huffen using the details listed below:

Colin Huffen
Head of Education
colin.huffen@cimspa.co.uk
Mobile: 07823 527315

Royal Air Force School of Physical Training partners with CIMSPA

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RAF SofPT Physical Training Instructor leading a session

We are pleased to announce that the Royal Air Force (RAF) School of Physical Training (SofPT) has joined the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) as a Skills Development Partner and has aligned its leading physical training to CIMSPA professional standards.

The provision of Physical Education (PEd) by RAF Physical Training Instructors (PTIs) is key in providing opportunities for RAF personnel to develop appropriate robustness, resilience and readiness to effectively respond to deployed and home-based operational requirements.

The School of Physical Training delivers a 28-week specialist training course to qualify specifically selected RAF recruits as PTIs. The course covers class instructional techniques across a broad range of physical domains and human performance, the effects of exercise on the body, leadership, coaching techniques, sports administration and officiating. The Personal Trainer, Gym Instructor and Core Group Exercise Instructor elements of the PTI course are now aligned to CIMSPA professional standards.

By benchmarking this specialist training course to CIMSPA professional standards, PTI graduates can progress through their military service safe in the knowledge that, when they do transition into civilian life, they are immediately job-ready for a second career in the sport and physical activity sector.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, commented: “We’re delighted that the School of Physical Training have joined us as CIMSPA skills development partners, as the Royal Air Force’s Physical Training Instructor course represents some of the highest standards in exercise and fitness qualifications.

“It’s testament to how the School of Physical Training have the long-term career interests of their personnel at heart with how they pro-actively approached CIMSPA to benchmark their course against the sector’s professional standards.

“This is a perfect example of the long term career pathways the employer-led CIMSPA professional standards project is putting in place.”

Sqn Ldr Steed, Training Branch and Trade Advisor (Physical Education), welcomed the new partnership: “Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructors develop physical and agile personnel through operationally focused Physical Education activities; the establishment of the CIMSPA partnership demonstrates our commitment and support to our Physical Training Instructors”.

Officer Commanding, School of Physical Training, added: “The Royal Air Force School of Physical Training’s new partnership with CIMSPA recognizes the excellence within our training and our aspiration for appropriate recognition. This collegiate partnership will further enhance our ability to educate our instructors in the delivery of high quality, bespoke and authentic specialist training across the globe”.

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PTI Graduating Class 94 of the Royal Air Force School of Physical Training

CIMSPA open recruitment for Membership and Disciplinary Committees

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has opened recruitment for two new advisory bodies - the CIMSPA Membership Committee and the CIMSPA Disciplinary Committee.

These committees have been set up to advise the CIMSPA Board of Trustees on matters of governance and offer a valuable opportunity for members to be actively involved in the policy and direction of the sector’s chartered professional body.

The CIMSPA Disciplinary Committee’s role is to consider the outcomes of investigations carried out by the CIMSPA executive into the actions of CIMSPA members and partners and essentially to professionalise, evaluate and impose corrective practices and sanctions where appropriate.

The CIMSPA Membership Committee is responsible for ensuring that the rules for chartered membership entry are defined, applied and adhered to in line with the CIMSPA royal charter and statutes.

We are keen to recruit candidates with a range of sector experience in the sector, relevant to each committee’s work. Applicants must be CIMSPA members* in order to sit on either committee.

Our ambition is to have diverse and passionate committees that will help CIMSPA to further professionalise, guide and regulate the sector.

Visit https://www.workforce.org.uk/committees for more information and to make your application. Applications close Friday 9 November 2018.

*See application information for exact eligibility.

Working with Inactive People Professional Standard consultation now open

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) are excited to have begun a wider consultation on the forthcoming professional standard for Working with Inactive People.

CIMSPA is seeking general feedback on the standard’s content from both individuals and

organisations within the sector – especially those with particular expertise in this area.

The rollout of the finished standard will take place early next year. Employers will then have a single point of reference to standardise the recruitment, training and professional development of those working in this specialist role.

The draft Working with Inactive People Professional Standard can be downloaded at the link below. The same link is also the gateway into the consultation questionnaire.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Professional_Standard_Working_with_inactive_people

The consultation will be open until Friday 26 October.

For information on the consultation please contact our Education and Apprenticeships Officer Natasha Eason using the details listed below:

Natasha Eason

Education and Apprenticeships Officer

natasha.eason@cimspa.co.uk

Mobile: 07741 643066

Professional workforce strategy - what does it mean for you?

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Sport England launched its new professional workforce strategy in mid-September. We’re taking a big-picture look at the strategy today - drilling down on what this means for YOU as a professional working in our sector, or as a student looking for a career in sport and physical activity.

Why has this strategy been created?

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In 2015, the government created its overall UK sport strategy which asked CIMSPA to partner with Sport England to work together to ensure our workforce is ready to take on the challenge of creating an active, healthy nation and a strong society.

The new professional workforce strategy sets out how Sport England, working with CIMSPA and other agencies, will help realise this ambition. The overall vision is simple:

“A skilled, motivated workforce to inspire an active nation”

The plan is to use insight, enhanced leadership, diversity and inclusion, a recognised and respected profession and improved career pathways to achieve the vision.

Key goals

  • 2020: 50% of leaders and and managers will have engaged in CIMSPA-endorsed professional development.

  • 2021: 50% of the workforce will be engaged with CIMSPA-accredited CPD and the the number of CIMSPA employer partners will have doubled.

  • 2021: Every sector training provider is working within the CIMSPA endorsement and quality assurance system.

A skilled, motivated workforce to inspire an active nation.
— STRATEGY GOAL

What does this mean for me?

CIMSPA’s work with Sport England is driving a recognised and respected profession for the sector,

For those already employed in sport and physical activity

  • CIMSPA is working with employers, training providers and universities to make sure that we can help you build a rewarding career.

  • By asking every training provider to become CIMSPA-accredited, we’ll be making sure EVERY piece of training and CPD you do will help advance your personal ambitions.

For students

  • There’s never been a better time to start a career in sport and physical activity. You’ll benefit from a clear career pathway based on professional standards and quality assured training.

  • You will also have low-cost access to CIMSPA membership as soon as you begin work – join us to start your journey to recognition as a chartered professional.

What do I need to do right now?

  • Right now, just understand the culture shift taking place within our working world – continuous personal professional development is now the key to career success and enhancement.

  • Ask your employer to make sure any CPD you do is CIMSPA-recognised – you can check this at www.cimspa.co.uk/recognised

  • Later this year we’ll be providing all CIMSPA members with an all-new online platform which will evolve into the definitive career management tool – demonstrate your professionalism through your verified qualifications, register your CPD and showcase all of this to potential employers and clients.

What about Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland?

CIMSPA is working closely with the home nations to understand their ambitions for the sector. We are a UK-wide chartered institute and are looking forward to working in partnership with sportscotland, Sport Wales and Sport Northern Ireland to build great careers for the entire sport and physical activity workforce.


 
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Coming up next…

Look out for a major feature on the professional workforce strategy in the Autumn issue of the CIMSPA membership magazine – S&PA Professional – as well as an interview with outgoing Sport England CEO Jennie Price.

 

CIMSPA welcomes Sport England's new professional workforce strategy

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has welcomed the publication of Sport England’s professional workforce strategy - “Working in an Active Nation.”

The strategy’s objectives are to support the sport and physical activity sector’s workforce to become more customer-focused and to be recognised as professional.

Tara Dillon CIMSPA CEO, speaking about the strategy said:

“This bold strategy offers a compelling vision as to how insight, enhanced leadership, diversity and inclusion, a recognised and respected profession and improved career pathways can together build a workforce up for the challenge of ensuring everyone is able to engage in sport and physical activity.

“It is great to see our own workforce development actions align perfectly with the strategy and for CIMSPA to be placed at the heart of the plan to deliver its goals.

“Working together with hundreds of CIMSPA partners we have already made significant progress, including the development of professional standards for key job roles which will allow strong career pathways to be built into and through the sector.

“There are challenging targets in this strategy, and CIMSPA is committed to supporting Sport England deliver these as part of the government’s overall ‘Sporting Future’ vision.”

The strategy places CIMSPA at the centre of sector workforce development, with a mandate to extend the reach of its quality assured training and CPD offer for all sport and physical activity professionals.

Under the new strategy, Sport England’s goals include that:

  • Every sector training provider is working within the CIMSPA endorsement and quality assurance system by 2021.

  • 50% of the workforce will be engaged with CIMSPA-accredited CPD and the the number of CIMSPA employer partners will have doubled, within the same timescale.

  • A new Workforce Diversity Fund will be created to support organisations looking to ensure their workforce reflects the communities it serves.

CIMSPA continues to work closely with home country sports bodies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, to ensure all of the UK’s sport and physical activity professionals benefit from its work.

About Sport England

Sport England is a public body and invests up to £300 million National Lottery and government money each year in projects and programmes that help people get active and play sport.

It wants everyone in England, regardless of age, background, or level of ability, to feel able to engage in sport and physical activity. That’s why a lot of its work is specifically focused on helping people who do no, or very little, physical activity and groups who are typically less active - like women, disabled people and people on lower incomes.

FIND OUT MORE: https://www.sportengland.org/

Celebrate the best in the sector with the Active Training Awards

The 2018 Active Training Awards are presented by ukactive, working in partnership with CIMSPA, and supported by Active IQ.

The evening will celebrate the very best in learning and development within the sector as the Active Training Awards enter their fifth year.

Nominations are now open across categories aimed at both organisations and individuals and we are delighted to say that we have a new category to celebrate those who champion diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

The awards dinner will take place on 15 October 2018, at Unique Venues Birmingham in the heart of the city.

Earlier on the event day the Active Training Conference will look at three pivotal topics: Sport England’s new workforce strategy, women in leadership and Today’s Customer.

To find out more and make your entry: go here:
https://www.ukactive.com/active-training-awards/ 
 

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EVENT SUPPORTERS

Award Categories

  • Small Employer of the Year (up to 100 employees)
  • Medium Employer of the Year (101-850 employees)
  • Large Employer of the Year (851+ employees)
  • Training Provider of the Year
  • Learning and Development Supplier of the Year
  • Apprenticeship Provider of the Year
  • Best Innovation
  • Specialist Training Programme of the Year
  • Transformational Leadership Award
  • Outstanding Individual of the Year
  • Inclusion and Diversity Champion of the Year
     

SPONSORED: Active IQ launch new qualification in partnership with EMD UK

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Active IQ has launched a rigorous Level 2 Group Training qualification in partnership with EMD UK, the national governing body for group training to update the original Level 2 Exercise to Music qualification developed over 10 years ago by Skills Active which is now outdated.

The new qualification gives instructors a dynamic, flexible learning path, combining teaching units based on the type of group training they want to teach. Skills to plan and teach Classes - like HIIT, bootcamp and circuits - and Group Training To Music are both included. Exclusive to EMD UK until December 2018, then available widely.

 
 
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Working with People with Long Term Medical Conditions Professional Standard consultation now open

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The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has today started an open consultation on a forthcoming sector Professional Standard for Working with People with Long Term Medical Conditions (LTMC). 

CIMSPA is calling on organisations and individuals to offer general feedback on the standard’s content.

The rollout of the finished standard will take place later this year. Employers will then have a single point of reference to standardise the recruitment, training and professional development of this kind of specialist role.

The draft Working with people with LTMC CIMSPA Professional Standard can be downloaded at the link below. The same link is also the gateway into the consultation questionnaire. 

The consultation will be open until Friday 7 September. 

Alternatively, we are running three listening consultations for this Professional Standard. These will consist of a short webinar style presentation before we open the floor for your feedback and any questions. The listening sessions will be held on:

  • Friday 24th of August: 12.45 - 13.30
  • Friday 31st of August: 08.00 - 08.45
  • Thursday 6th of September: 17.00 - 17.45

To book a place please contact Natasha Eason via the contact details below. 

We’d encourage everybody to contribute to the consultation by using the survey link provided, even if you attend a listening session, so that we can collect as much of your feedback as possible. 

For full information on the listening sessions or for general information on the consultation please contact our Education and Apprenticeships Officer Natasha Eason using the details listed below.

Natasha Eason
Education and Apprenticeships Officer
natasha.eason@cimspa.co.uk
Mobile: 07741 643066

Personal trainer apprenticeship standard approved for delivery

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) have welcomed the news that the personal trainer apprenticeship standard has been approved for delivery by the Institute for Apprenticeships.

The apprenticeship standard has been developed by the sport and physical activity sector’s Professional Development Board – an alliance of employers, education bodies and experts – with operational support from CIMSPA. The green light means that employers can now access up to £4000 in funding for each apprentice personal trainer, either directly or against their levy payments.

This new apprenticeship is an important milestone in raising the status of personal trainers and for many this will provide a career gateway with strong foundations for future professional development.

Employers now have a funded route both to improve the skill set of staff members in the workplace and to attract new talent. The apprenticeship involves a longer qualification period – around 15 months – during which time the team member can keep working and hone their skills. The apprenticeship model also ensures that staff are trained in line with employers’ vision, values, practices and procedures.

Apprenticeships and Skills Minister Anne Milton said: “I’m thrilled this new, high-quality personal trainer apprenticeship has been approved. These apprentices will learn skills to get into a great career and help people towards their health and fitness goals, and get people more active.”

Chief Executive of the Institute for Apprenticeships Sir Gerry Berragan said: “Employers and key sector specialists have together developed a personal trainer apprenticeship that will meet employers’ needs and turn out professional trainers of the highest quality. It is great news for people hoping to progress within the fitness industry, and for the many who will benefit from the development of skilled support to meet their health and fitness needs.”

Richard Millard, partnership director at Places Leisure and chair of the Professional Development Board, also welcomed the announcement: “I’d like to thank the many employers and sector experts who have given their time and expertise to this shared endeavour over the last two and a half years.

“Personal trainers who complete this apprenticeship route will be amongst the best qualified in the sector and will have completed a robust, real-world assessment process which accurately reflects the challenges and employer needs of the role.”

The Professional Development Board, which acts as the sport and physical activity sector’s apprenticeship trailblazer, includes representatives from the following organisations:

Places Leisure; GLL; Everyone Active; Virgin Active; Nuffield Health; Fit for Sport; Fusion Lifestyle; David Lloyd Leisure; Watford Borough Council; Jubilee Hall Trust; [EN]GAGE Fitness; The Football Association; Lawn Tennis Association; British Gymnastics; Swim England; Swim England Qualifications; The Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport; Sport England; ukactive; UK Coaching; Public Health England; Association of Colleges; Association of Employment and Learning Providers; Federation of Awarding Bodies.

The full documentation for the personal trainer apprentice standard can be found on the Institute for Apprenticeships website here: