2019 conference report
Marc Woods opened the CIMSPA 2019 Conference welcoming delegates to the event and discussing the progress CIMSPA has made over the last 18 months.
Tara welcomed delegates noting, “In my 32 years of being part of this sector, this is the best coming together of all types of sports and physical activity professionals I have ever seen!”
Our opening keynote was a compelling out-of-sector take on how engaging your workforce can optimise business performance and output.
This session explored the potential for the leisure industry to work with health commissioners to offer services meeting the necessary professional standards.
Les Mills developed the BORN TO MOVE programme to help increase children’s fitness, stop inactivity and to instil positive habits. This session looked at new revisions to the programmes content and its trials within schools.
The Future Fit session explored the wider issues facing the sector in terms of workforce skills and provided delegates with an opportunity to help shape the future of the sector.
We joined the Pearson team in this session as they explored the practical skills and knowledge vocational learners bring to higher education and the workplace.
Looking to the future educational requirements of the sport and physical activity workforce, this panel session with a group of industry experts explored a range of issues and identified solutions to these problems.
Dave looked at how technology and data have become increasingly important to the sector in recent times and how much more important they are going to become in the future.
This fully interactive session led by Sporting People looked to get views and insights from delegates on the potential of a national workforce registration scheme.
Based on a partnership project between Aspire and University of Birmingham, this session provided factual information and interactive activity centred on creating a more inclusive workforce.
Steven Ward explored the vital role of a well-equipped, dynamic workforce to maintain the strategic and commercial growth of the sector over the next five years.
2018 conference report
CIMSPA Chair Marc Woods shared his personal story as a Paralympic athlete, and drew parallels to challenges many organisations face. He focused on taking personal responsibility as well as teamwork, great communication and aligning goals.
John believes an engaged and diverse staff team offers a deeper understanding of the communities we serve and creates a strong pool of ideas and inspiration.
How to find potential apprentices, design a training programme that meets the needs of both the apprentice and your business, and how costs can be minimised.
This workshop provided an opportunity to engage with the External Quality Assurance (EQA) process by working with CIMSPA employees to influence and refine the Policy and associated procedures (standardisation).
This breakout provided a pragmatic discussion on appropriate protective security measures and advice on contingency plans for public sport and leisure facilities, based on NCTSO guidance.
This lively panel discussion debated how employers and education can work jointly to ensure work placements and graduate training schemes deliver employability.
This breakout saw CIMSPA set out its plan to ensure the best child and user welfare standards are maintained across sport, leisure and physical activity services. They discussed the realities of the new duty of care landscape and looked at practical ways to deliver compliance, such as risk-based assessments.
It was 14 years since the last Managing Health and Safety in Swimming Pools edition came out. This presentation detailed the announcement of the newest edition of the publication, and some of the changes made.The new edition brings HSG 179 into line with other HSE publications.
The keynote provided an insight into Sport England’s thinking at an important time, as it consults on its new Workforce Strategy and delivery is starting on many of its new programs.
Conference report 2018 - Day 1
The 2018 Conference took place over 2 days with a networking event bridging the daytime events, sponsored by Myzone and included the Annual Quest NBS Awards Presentation
2017 conference report
Thanks to all the speakers who made our 2017 event such a success.
In this keynote address, Tara Dillon, chief executive officer of CIMSPA, talked to Andrew Honeyman, head of health, workforce and diversity (sport team) at the DCMS.
The clock is ticking and the apprenticeships levy is a looming reality. This panel session has smart advice on minimising the impact and leveraging the levy's positives
25,000 students leave HE each year having studied a prestigious (and expensive) sport and physical activity degree, but employers sat they are still seeking a skills shortage.
Investing in staff can generate real returns if the sector focuses on a “productivity per employee” metric.
With the first professional standards coming along fast, everyone in the sector needs to understand how the CIMSPA matrix both stakes out the boundaries of our sector, and supports diverse and flexible career pathways.
CIMSPA’s first labour market intel has some hard truths but also some interesting insight angles. Plus, an intro to new CIMSPA eLearning
When our workforce truly reflects the communities it serves, then easier customer engagement and a better bottom line will be the result.
Implementing a rigorous quality assurance process for both training providers and awarding organisations will result in highly trained fitness professionals that the industry can be proud of and that the health sector is happy to refer to.
In the closing address, Nick Bradley, CEO of Premier Global, said he believed the sector could learn from some of the learning and development strategies he has helped deliver with multinational companies
2016 conference report
Thanks to all the speakers who made our 2016 event such a success.
This session outline how the DataHub now provides UK leisure operators and local authorities with intelligence on the inter-dependencies between customers, programmes, workforce and facility planning.
The workshop highlighted good practice in the delivery of apprenticeships and employer-led study programmes, and outlined future plans to improve partnerships between colleges and employers
The workshop outlined the development of new job role standards that will form the basis of qualifications, apprenticeships and degrees in the sector.
The closing keynote covered how this is a unique time for the sport, leisure and activity sector, and that, if we continue to change and adapt in a positive way, real benefits for all lie ahead.
The session covered full and part time contracts, as well as fixed term contracts, “zero-hour” contracts, and casual work.
Stephanie Maurel, offered an overview of the outcomes of the new DCMS strategy and gave a Sport England perspective on how it positively impacts on our sector.
Lyndsey's interactive workshop gave thoughtful advice to anyone seeking to transform their workforce to focus on getting the least active people more active, more often.
David’s session explained how organisations in the sport and activity sector need to ensure that they fully understand the implications of new guidelines and their legal, financial and reputational consequences.
This presentation provided some background to physical activity and health before highlighting strategies that can be utilised by operators to engage with public health teams and wider health-related markets.