CIMSPA and Sport England launch major free training initiative to support sport, fitness and leisure sectors reopening

With the reopening of indoor gyms and leisure facilities in England expected in the coming weeks, along with the return of grassroots sporting activity, CIMSPA today announces a major training initiative for the sector, funded by Sport England.


ReActivate is a new, free, online training platform, designed to equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector in England with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity.

ReActivate has been funded by Sport England, commissioned by CIMSPA, and delivered by a consortium of partners with extensive experience in online training in the physical activity sector, led by Future Active Workforce CIC.

It will provide online, customisable training content, covering areas including risk management, social distancing, cleaning, and use of equipment; along with refresher training, COVID-specific procedures and health and wellness support for staff still on furlough. It will bring government and industry guidance to life in an easily digestible digital format and will generate a CIMSPA ‘COVID-Safe’ training certificate on completion, giving anyone who needs it the ability to return to their sport and physical activity roles with confidence.

ReActivate will be free to use for 12 months for anyone working or volunteering in the sport and physical activity sector in England; including fitness instructors, trainers, and all staff working in leisure facilities, as well as grassroots sports coaches and volunteers.

Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA, commented:

“The sport and physical activity workforce and volunteers are going to play a vital role in keeping the nation fit and healthy as we emerge from this crisis. With our recent Return to Work survey indicating that 40% have some degree of apprehension about returning, it is vital that we give them the support they need to return with confidence and create a safe environment for the public. The resources we are providing with support from Sport England and our delivery partners are designed to give all stakeholders the ability to reopen with confidence.”

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO, Sport England, said:

“Sport and physical activity play a crucial role in our health and wellbeing and we recognise the vital role of those who work in the leisure sector, as well as the countless volunteers and coaches who keep our communities active. It is absolutely vital to give everyone who needs it access to the resources and training they need to confidently return to their roles, and this is why we have invested in this major training initiative.”

Elaine Briggs, Managing Director, Future Active Workforce CIC, said:

“Future Active Workforce are proud to be working with CIMSPA to lead on the delivery of this project, working in partnership with a number of highly experienced and well respected organisations. This project will provide a hugely valuable and useful training platform for everyone working in sport and physical activity at this crucial time as the sector begins to plan for reopening.”

Employer or facility manager? Click here to register your interest in free access to the ReActivate training platform for your team.


Consortium partners

Led by Future Active Workforce CIC, ReActivate will be delivered by a consortium of expert partners, consisting of:

  • Future Fit Training - who will provide access to their award winning ProZone platform as the basis for the CIMSPA platform, along with access to their research and development team.
  • Right Directions - who will provide expert advice, guidance and content around all elements of risk, risk management, and health and safety.
  • Sport Structures - who will provide expert advice, guidance and content around all elements relating to community volunteers and sport.
  • GM Active - who will ensure that the content of the training provided is relevant to the leisure facility environment.
  • Transcend Awards - who will map the training content against national standards, so that users can, if desired, go on to gain a recognised qualification.
Stronger Together

CIMSPA has also developed a number of resources to support the sector during the coronavirus crisis.

  • ReOpen is an online hub from CIMSPA offering guidance and resources to support the sector in reopening. The support includes guidance on reopening facilities, social distancing and outdoor training, and downloadable customer information signage.
  • CIMSPA has also partnered with TA6 to create #MaketheComeback - a campaign designed to help leisure providers to bounce back more effectively by inspiring customers and providing reassurance that they are ready to welcome them back.
  • Stronger Together Facebook Group - an open community for all those working in the sector

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