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.