Pearson confirmed as Headline Sponsor

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CIMSPA is excited to announce that Pearson has been confirmed as the official Headline  Sponsor for the 2019 Quest NBS and CIMSPA conference, being held at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth, 27-28 February 2019.

Spencer Moore CIMSPA’s director of strategy commented on Pearson’s sponsorship of the event, “Pearson were an early AO partner of CIMSPA’s, and share our vision for the long term and short term future of our industry. As this year’s conference theme is “Five years forward” to have such a forward thinking organisation as our sponsor is a perfect fit. Pearson epitomise where we feel training and education should be within our industry.

“Learning is a journey of discovery, challenge, inspiration, and wonder. As the world’s learning company, we’re inspired by the way education transforms lives.”

Pearson has been an expert in designing and supporting the delivery of sport qualifications for over 20 years – working closely with teaching professionals, employers and professional bodies to ensure that their qualifications meet the needs of the sector now, and in the future.

Pearson joined CIMSPA in 2013 and have been a leading partner for us in the education and training field. Their work in the post-16 education sector and especially their support in lobbying government for reform in our industry, has been essential to our continued growth.

Becky Laffan, Pearson's Sector Manager for Sport, commented on the sponsorship:

"We are thrilled to be supporting CIMSPA and Quest NBS as they host their 2019 conference. This event is an important opportunity for professionals to talk about the future of the sport sector: how we educate, transform and innovate within the industry. As an empowering voice for sport, CIMSPA have been an invaluable partner for Pearson, supporting us as we help nurture the workforce of the future."

If you would like to join Pearson along with many of our other partners at this year’s Quest NBS and CIMSPA conference, click here to book your tickets.

Quest NBS Conference Evening Networking and Awards Event sponsored by Myzone

The 8th Quest NBS Conference at Chesford Grange on 20 February hosted in partnership with CIMSPA included the annual Quest NBS awards presentations for 2017 at the Evening Networking and Awards Event.

The event sponsored by Myzone saw delegates, sponsors and speakers enjoy a couple of hours’ of networking time with friends and colleagues from across the sector along with an Awards Presentation for the winners including the Highest Scoring Mystery Visit which was awarded to Alfreton Leisure Centre and the Highest Scoring Facility Management Assessment won by Ferndown Leisure Centre, both operated by Places for People Leisure.

Oxford City Council won the gong for Highest Performing Active Communities Team at Assessment during 2017 whilst Phoenix Sports & Leisure Centre were awarded the NBS Award in Customer Satisfaction and Finsbury Leisure Centre accepted the NBS Award for Efficiency and Utilisation.

Awards were also presented to the facilities and teams who has achieved Outstanding in Quest Stretch, the highest accolade at assessment and the Organisations who had achieved the highest scores at assessment across their facilities. A full list of the winners can be seen below and congratulations again to all those involved!


Please click here to view the photos from the Event

Top Performing Organisation with 2 - 10 Quest Registered Facilities – Hambleton District

Council Top Performing Organisation with 11 - 30 Quest Registered Facilities – Stevenage

Leisure Limited Top Performing Organisation with 31+ Quest Registered Facilities – Places for People Leisure

Active Communities Top 3 Performing Teams

  • 1st Oxford City Council
  • 2nd Leicester-Shire and Rutland Sport
  • 3rd Active Education Sports Development

Top 3 Performing Facilities in 2017:

  • 1st Ferndown Leisure Centre
  • 2nd Mid-Suffolk Leisure Centre
  • 3rd Stratford Leisure Centre

Top 3 Mystery Visits in 2017:

  • 1st Alfreton Leisure Centre
  • 2nd Windrush Leisure Centre
  • 3rd London South Bank University

NBS Awards

  • Access - Sidcup Leisure Centre
  • Efficiency & utilisation - Finsbury Leisure Centre
  • Customer satisfaction - Phoenix Sports & Leisure Centre
  • Overall high score - Gosport Leisure Centre

Active Communities Stretch Awards

  • GreaterSport
  • Herts Sports Partnership
  • Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
  • Places for People Leisure Sports Development Team

Facility Management Stretch Awards

  • Plymouth Life Centre
  • Aberdeen Sports Village
  • Tonbridge Swimming Pool
  • Ripley Leisure Centre
  • Alfreton Leisure Centre
  • William Gregg VC Leisure Centre
  • Aston-cum-Aughton Leisure Centre

Centres who have achieved 10 Years’ Continuous Quest Registration

  • Royston Leisure Centre
  • The Edge Leisure Centre
  • Isleworth Leisure Centre
  • Harry Mitchell Leisure Centre
  • Nantwich Swimming Pool
  • Meadowside Leisure Centre
  • Everyone Active Leisure Centre: Poole
  • Rossmore Leisure Centre
  • Kings Hall Leisure Centre
  • Chalfont Leisure Centre
  • Hammersmith Fitness & Squash Centre
  • Park Pool
  • Mile End Park Leisure Centre
  • Elmbridge Xcel Leisure Complex
  • Haden Hill Leisure Centre
  • Wandle Recreation Centre
  • Putlands Sports Centre
  • Tunbridge Wells Sports Centre
  • Weald Sports Centre
  • Camberwell Leisure Centre
  • Rivermead Leisure Complex
  • Alsager Leisure Centre
  • Willesden Sports Centre

First sector apprenticeship standard ready for delivery into the workplace

On behalf of the sector’s employer-led Professional Development Board, CIMSPA is pleased to announce that the new apprenticeship standard for Leisure Duty Manager is now ready for delivery.  Developed with the sector’s employers, the apprenticeship is aimed at those individuals who want to take their first step into leisure management.

Commenting on the launch of the new standard, Spencer Moore, CIMSPA Director of Strategy, said, “This has been the culmination of three years of hard work, frustration and most of all commitment from employers to ensure that they have a first, fit-for purpose, apprenticeship standard approved for the sector.

“This success, alongside the Community Activator Coach standard is the start of the roll-out of a suite of standards that will be launched over the next few months, including Personal Trainer, Leisure Team Member and Community Sport & Health Officer.”

Employing, training, funding and paying an apprentice – a hands-on, ‘how-to’...

In line with the release of the two new standards, CIMSPA will be supporting employers in the roll out of the of apprenticeship programmes at the CIMSPA led day of the 2 day conference on the 21st February.  A workshop run by Matthew Robinson, Operations Director for Lifetime training will walk employers through the process of employing, training, funding and paying an apprentice.

Whether you have taken on apprentices before or are new to apprenticeships this is a must attend workshop. Aimed at both levy and non-levy paying employers the workshop will explain how the new generation of apprenticeships have flexibility built-in to ensure they can be shaped to individual employer needs.

This session will cover the practicalities of embedding this career entry point into sport and activity workplaces and will outline how the new coaching and leisure management apprenticeship standards provide a great introduction to the world of work.

It will also explain the on-boarding process for a real-world apprenticeship: 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 or even offset.

For information on Matt's presentation please click HERE

Full details of the Leisure Duty Manager and Community Activator Coach apprenticeship standard, including funding information, can be found at the links below.