“Looking five years forward”

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The CIMSPA-led conference day will be themed around the CIMSPA 5-year vision and strategy for driving a recognised and respected profession for the sport and physical activity sector’s workforce. The day will feature a mix of high-profile keynotes and specialist seminar streams.


We’ll start and finish the day with high-profile speakers to set the scene and inspire our next steps. High on the agenda will be the rollout of the Sport England professional workforce strategy and the key role CIMSPA will play in delivering this in workplaces across the UK.

Seminar streams

Education stream

The core of the sector’s professional standards matrix is settling into place. Now we’ve set the standards, this seminar stream will outline how we will maintain these through quality assurance of our training provider network.

There will also be an update on progress made on our higher education degree endorsement programme – making sure tomorrow’s workforce graduates are job-ready – as well as coverage of apprenticeships take-up in our sector and the challenges posed by the T-level agenda.

WHO SHOULD CHOOSE THIS STREAM? Anyone looking to get the most out of training budgets – both in terms of “value” and the impact training can make to business objectives, plus training providers, HE and FE professionals, and awarding organisation staff.

Innovation stream

Choose these breakouts for frontline-focused, practitioner-friendly content highlighting excellence and good practice in providing services that meet community needs. This stream will deliver useable takeaways on hot-button issues including:

  • Guidance on children in group exercise situations

  • How adding tech to children’s exercise can drive both activity levels and academic achievement.

  • The latest work on best practice guidelines for employing and training disabled people.

WHO SHOULD CHOOSE THIS STREAM? Duty managers, coaches and sport and physical activity practitioners keen to deliver inclusive, effective services.

Transformation stream

Use these seminar choices to get caught up on our roadmap to transform the workforce development landscape in sport and physical activity, through continued partnership working. We’re busy confirming content in these areas:

  • Introducing the proposed national workforce register – how CIMSPA will be a key part of delivering a professional, verified workforce the public can trust.

  • A great case study on how our employer partners are building bespoke learning and development tools to manage their entire training programme, using the CIMSPA Academy CPD platform.

  • The work of the increasingly influential Sports Business Council will feature in this stream – leveraging the government’s innovation funding model to upskill our workforce to contribute around issues such as mental health, extending activity into later life and social prescription.

WHO SHOULD CHOOSE THIS STREAM? Senior management and policy makers.

Across the whole event we can promise a great networking opportunity across both days, as well as your chance to get face-to-face updates from our exhibitors and awarding organisation partners.

For the day 1 (Quest NBS) programme click HERE