National workforce registration and regulation consultation

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This session is part of the national consultation on a national workforce registration/regulation.

This fully interactive session will be led by Sporting People and will be looking to get the views and insight from delegates on the potential of a national workforce registration scheme.

This consultation has been driven by the outcomes of the Duty of Care in Sport Review carried out by Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson in 2017, as well as the ambitions of the Sport England workforce, coaching and volunteering strategies. Together these outline a clear desire at governmental level that the English sport and physical activity sector ensures opportunities to be physically active and play sport are presented to the public in a safe and consistent way.


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Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA

As CEO of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, Tara Dillon leads the institute's headline work in professionalising UK sport and leisure and transforming the workforce development opportunities of those who work in the sector. Tara was appointed as CEO in January 2015, before which she was interim chief operating officer whilst on secondment from IQL UK. Previously, Tara has held a variety of senior management roles within the leisure sector, combining 12 years working in local authorities and 9 years in the private sector, culminating in a customer-focused commercial role as executive director of IQL UK.

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Spencer Moore, Director of Strategy, CIMSPA

Spencer Moore, an MBA graduate and qualified lecturer has over 20 years' experience in senior management across the business and education sectors. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles as co-founder of PDR Business Solutions, head of business planning and innovation for the Amateur Swimming Association, head of workforce development for British Swimming and head of curriculum at West Nottinghamshire College. He is also a non-executive director of both the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) and the Institute of Swimming (IoS).

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Steve Mitchell, Director, Sporting People

Steve has worked extensively with employers across the sport and physical activity landscape around all things people, skills, and leaning and development. Ten years in the public sector and now four years into three successful new ventures where his clients include CEOs, Boards, NGBs, Commercial Businesses, Leisure Operators, CSPs and Educational Institutions. Steve gives back through a series of complementary yet diverse NED and voluntary roles including a CSP Board, an NGB chairmanship, advisory roles with Coach Core and Transcend Awarding.

Mitch has fantastic experience and knowledge across the sport and physical activity landscape. He is ideally placed to share best practice, identify new opportunities and help organisations get ahead of the game when it comes to developing their people.

Dan Thorp, Director, Sporting People

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Dan was a Tennis Coach for thirty years; working with players at every level of the game. He also has experience as a Coach Editor and course creator, has worked as LTA Head of Coach Development for six years, worked across sport on coaching frameworks, apprenticeships and mentoring, as Head of a Chinese Academy and has launched several successful business projects in sport.

Dan’s expertise is in coaching, coach education, coach and workforce development strategy, coach course and pathway design, coach support initiatives, and safe deployment issues.

Rob Young, Director, Sporting People

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Rob has a proven track record working across the sport and physical activity sector. He has delivered projects for local government, performance sport, NGBs, major sporting events, the education sector, London 2012, Sport England, UK Sport, and Sport Leeds. Recently, Rob has completed a national review of Futsal and subsequently developed the first national Futsal Strategy on behalf of the FA. Rob is also a Board Member of Greater Sport and a member CIMSPA.

Rob has experience of developing strategy, leading organisational change and delivering specific projects at a local, regional and national level. He brings strategic thinking and a level of rigour to projects that is crucial for the successful implementation including experiences with I Will If You Will in Bury, local authority strategies in Leicester and Burnley, and the AoC Women’s Football Apprenticeship project.

Shaping the future of the sector’s workforce


Over the last four years, Future Fit Training, with support from CIMSPA and in partnership with ukactive, have published findings in regard to the state of the sectors workforce in their Raising the Bar reports.

The data collected has shown that employers have concerns in regards to the quality of training within our sector and the many challenges they face in recruitment and retainment of staff while still delivering high levels of customer service.

In response to this, Future Fit Training will be holding a number of round table events allowing operators, self employed fitness professionals, training providers and industry leaders to come together and address these issues, providing solutions to the sector.

This session will explore the wider issues facing the sector in terms of workforce skills and will provide you with the opportunity to help shape the future of training and standards in your industry.   


Elaine Briggs, Head of Education and Innovation, Future Fit Training

Elaine is a proud product of the vocational education pathway and as such is very passionate about the value of this career route. She has over 20 years’ experience in education, having worked across several sectors, training providers and awarding organisations and offers a wealth of experience in training design, research and delivery. 

Elaine is passionate about driving up standards of learning through identifying innovative methods of training which are tailor-made to meet both employer and learner needs.  Elaine is best known for her long history of working with award-winning training provider Future Fit Training, this year celebrating its 25th birthday.

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Be The Change - How to use evidence based Industry Best Practice Guidelines to support more disabled people to work in leisure

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If you don’t think this session is relevant to you – think again! Yes that is YOU, not someone else in your organisation or the person sitting next to you, or solely the remit of staff with ‘Inclusion’ in their job title. If we are going to achieve real change it will rely on everybody’s contribution. Whether you are a training provider, awarding organisation, leisure operator, employer or whether you are on the gym floor, in sales and marketing, human resources, senior management or board director – you can help ‘Be The Change’. If this area of work doesn’t interest you, then you definitely need to come to this session.

Based on a partnership project between Aspire and University of Birmingham, this session will provide factual information and interactive activity  centred on some of the recommendations from the guidelines and will address these key points:

  • Why are disabled people under represented?

  • Why is it important to the leisure sector, to disabled people and to wider society?

  • What are Industry Best Practice Guidelines and how can I use them?

  • What is the research behind it that makes the guidelines credible and valid?

  • Even if I ignore the guidelines, how will it affect me and my organisation?


Hilary Farmiloe, National Programme Manager, InstructAbility, Aspire

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Hilary joined the spinal injury charity InstructAbility in 2011, after working as a development manager for the government’s School Sport Partnership scheme.

 InstructAbility, funded by Sport England, has been delivered across many regions working in partnership with hundreds of leisure operators. To date over 300 disabled people have become qualified fitness professionals through the multi award winning programme.  As well as working with training providers YMCAfit and the Institute of Swimming, Hilary also collaborates with many other stakeholders such as ukactive, EFDS, Clubbercise, SOSA and England Athletics. Hilary is a Chartered Member of CIMSPA and works to influence inclusive policy and practices within the leisure sector and has been active in promoting inclusion across organisations and at industry events. She has recently been awarded fellowship of the RSA for her contribution in this area. Currently, Hilary is working with Birmingham University on a commissioned research project to provide industry guidelines on training and employing disabled people in the fitness industry.

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Dr Juliette Stebbings, Senior Lecturer Sport and Exercise Psychology, University of Portsmouth

Dr Juliette Stebbings is a Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at the University of Portsmouth. Juliette’s research interests focus on the role of sport and physical activity as vehicles for physical, psychological, and social development in the community. One key strand of this work relates to the accessibility and inclusivity of the fitness and leisure sector for disabled people. In collaboration with the spinal cord charity Aspire and their InstructAbility programme which aims to create a series of Best Practice Guidelines for the training and employment of disabled people within the industry.

Who should attend

Choose this session if you are committed to change and diversity within the sector. This breakout is for anyone, whether you are a training provider, leisure operator or whether you are on the gym floor, in sales and marketing, human resources, senior management or board director.


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‘The early years of life are a critical window to form positive habits, and we want to instil a love of being active in children so that they can grow into active, health and happy adults.’

Our sector is one with the expertise and ability to make a real difference in society, but we can’t wait for the government, papers, and agencies to provide all of the pathways, often we must draw on our expertise to make a change. As a hot topic, children and young people’s engagement in sport and physical activity is now more important than ever, to allow for true participant diversity, and to really ingratiate sport and physical activity into society’s consciousness.

Time and time again we in the sport and physical activity sector attend events, conferences and think tanks to listen to the same statistics and discussions outlining the need to do more and work collaboratively, this session will ask: does it happen enough?

Focusing on the BORN TO MOVE™ programme by Les Mills, their Global Business Development Manager Justine Williams, with Company Director of VisionED Martin Radmore, will discuss why their programme is important to the lives of children and why now, more than ever, they felt the need to reevaluate how they delivered it and their overall goals. As a part of the working project, Martin and Justine want to open a conversation about collaboration within the sector, showing how our sector and the education sector can work together to create projects like this and effect positive change.


Justine Williams, Global Business Development Manager, BORN TO MOVE, Les Mills

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As the Global Business Development Manager for BORN TO MOVE™ with Les Mills, Justine is passionate about empowering their markets and partners to forget legacy and make changes in their businesses to meet the needs of children and young people. BORN TO MOVE™ is designed to adapt to the needs of the children and complement, not compete, with current youth programming. Leading a group of highly skilled and motivated instructors, she commits to do all she can to enable them to create what they call ‘Sparkle’ with each and every interaction with young people; the overall goal of these interactions being to get more children active.

Martin Radmore, Company Director, VisionED

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Martin has been a PE teacher, head of department, senior leader, adviser and strategic education manager for over 28 years and has a specialism and dynamic passion for primary physical education (PE), physical activity and learning. As a strong advocate for the role that high quality PE, physical literacy and activity can play in the life of young people, Martin has focused on establishing a strategic emphasis on teacher education and has written two national qualifications to ensure a professional standard within PE teaching. This is evidenced by his receipt of the national award for ‘Leadership and Influence’ from the Association for Physical Education (afPE).

As the company director for VisionED, Martin has built upon his passion for PE and learning to create a training provider that offers nationally accredited primary PE qualifications, Gold assured CPD/training, professional development and bespoke consultancy.

Who should attend

Choose this session if you are working with children particularly if you are involved in or with the education sector, or if you are interested in how we as a sector are beginning to combat children’s inactivity.

Supporting the NHS, upskilling leisure staff to deliver a comprehensive health check service

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Given public health is under pressure with increasing health inequalities and overstretched services the session aims to explore the potential for the leisure industry to work with health commissioners to offer services (i.e. NHS Health Check) to the necessary professional standards. Such developments could offer a number of potential benefits:

  • Save local authorities money,

  • Reduce demands on GP services,

  • Underpin local leisure provision,

  • Increase footfall in leisure centres/community venues,

  • Support wider leisure offerings (workforce wellbeing etc.),

  • Potential to increase long-term health and wellbeing.

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Simon Alford, Senior Lecturer in Preventative Medicine, University of Central Lancashire

Simon has worked in academia for 14 years in the areas of Public Health and Health and Social Care where he has taught to both postgraduate and undergraduate levels. Prior to working in academia, Simon completed a BSc (Hons) in Physical Education and Sports Science and an MDc in Exercise and Nutrition Science, having previously worked in leisure management and sports coaching roles.

He is currently working at the University of Central Lancashire with multiple agencies to develop health check training to be delivered in a non-clinical environment by leisure industry and third sector staff to promote early intervention aimed at improving health and wellbeing.

Simon has previously undertaken a wide range of research projects and service evaluations with a variety of organisations including Local Government, NHS and Third Sector. Simon has also served as a member of an NHS ethics committee for a period of three years.

Who should attend

Choose these breakouts for frontline-focused, practitioner-friendly content highlighting excellence and good practice in providing services that meet community needs.

Targeted at: duty managers, coaches and sport and physical activity practitioners keen to deliver inclusive, effective services.