First-look programme out now for CIMSPA & Quest NBS joint conference

Natalie Summers - Day 1 keynote speaker

Natalie Summers - Day 1 keynote speaker

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and Quest NBS have announced the “first-look” programme for their upcoming joint conference.

The event takes place Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 February at Chesford Grange, Kenilworth. Conference content on the first day will be led by Quest NBS, with the second day’s sessions curated by CIMSPA.

Already confirmed to speak on the opening day is Natalie Summers from Accomplish Fitness and Bear Grylls Epic Training who will offer her perspective on getting people active, the current fitness industry and how we engage with our workforce and customers.

Speaking on behalf of Quest NBS, Gill Twell, Quest operations manager and head of development for Right Directions said: “Over the past 12 to 18 months our industry has seen changes in both legislation and regulatory guidance which has had an impact on facilities and operators across the board. With further changes on their way including Brexit and the new GDPR regulations, the sector faces another set of challenges as to how we operate on a daily basis.

“The Quest NBS day is focused on our industry as a whole not just from a Quest perspective – the day will examine how we can overcome our frontline challenges through best practice which works operationally.

“The conference will include sessions on the health of the nation, how we can engage in new ways with the inactive and promoting activity through new types of participation. There will also be workshop sessions to include the new sentencing guidelines, industry benchmarking and data, and a Quest update.”

Spencer Moore, CIMSPA’s director of strategy commented on the ambitions of the second event day: “One of our sector’s greatest strength is its frontline leaders – the duty managers, supervisors and coordinators whose influence often makes the difference between stellar or indifferent service delivery to customers.

“This year’s conference is their event – themed around providing valuable and actionable content for key challenges – filling those holes in the staff rota, keeping activity areas safe in what is an increasingly difficult security environment, and understanding on-the-horizon changes to safeguarding practices are just a few of the subjects we will cover.

“We’ll also have some great sessions for education specialists on the practicalities of both employing apprentices and providing quality work placements, and on the rollout of the CIMSPA Professional Standards Matrix.”

The two conference days will be bridged by an evening networking reception.

4Global, Bigwave Media, Future Fit Training, STA and Taylor Made Designs have already been confirmed as sponsor exhibitors. CIMSPA awarding organisation partners Active IQ, IQL UK, Pearson and VTCT will be amongst those present in the exhibition area.