County Sports Partnership Network back Chartership
The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has signed a partnership agreement with the County Sports Partnership Network, the first of its kind for British Sport. The network, who are responsible for the strategic local delivery of national sports policy and community sports campaigns have a network of 49 offices across England comprising of over 5,000 staff.
Sean Holt, CEO of CIMSPA said:
“We are delighted that the County Sport Partnership Network have taken the decision to sign up to CIMSPA and in doing so highlight the importance of professional development pathways within their workforce. We very much hope that other Sports bodies follow the excellent example set by The County Sport Partnership Network.”
He continued, “We are speaking with the Government departments responsible for Sport, Health and Skills to ensure that any funding awarded to Sports Governing Bodies is accompanied by a proviso that they adequately train and invest in their workforce to tackle the issues of tomorrow, rather than relying on practices that tackled the engagement issues of yester years.”
Lee Mason, CEO of the CSPN said:
“The Management Board of the County Sports Partnership Network are committed to making our relationship with CIMSPA work effectively for our workforce.
He continued, “Post London 2012, the County Sports Partnership Network will face new challenges and we recognise that it is the ethos and determination of our workforce that are critical ingredients to achieving legacy from the Games. As a Charity responsible for the frontline strategic development and in many cases, in the current economic climate, the delivery of local community sport, the performance of our workforce is our absolute priority.”
The new partnership agreement will come into effect on September 1st, 2012. CIMSPA and the CSPN will be developing a joint suite of professional development opportunities to support the workforce.
Notes to editors:
For further information or to request an interview please contact Donna Roddy on 0121 710 4482 or email
· Launched in April 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
· The new Institute was formed, following pressure from Government, for the sports industry to merge and streamline existing workforce development bodies to create one single professional development body to represent the entire sport and physical activity sector.
· CIMSPA provides leadership, professional development and a single unified voice for the sector. It also aims to drive standards of professional practice, which in turn will support increased participation, outcomes and contribution to UK plc.
· CIMSPA was awarded Chartership status by the Royal Privy Council in January 2012, creating the first Chartered professional body for the sport and physical activity workforce.
· CIMSPA is entirely self funded from membership fees and professional development training courses and to date has not received any grant funding or Government subsidy.
· The title of the Chartered Institute reflects the need to support not just those working within sport and 'formal' sporting environments but those working in physical activity disciplines including health and community workers.
· The Chairman of CIMSPA is Miles Templeman - former Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and current Non Executive Director of the RFU.
· In May 2012, the CIMSPA Rising Talent programme was launched to cater for the 30% of the 1 million workforce (ref SkillActive) who are under 30 years of age.
· In August 2011, Sebastian Coe was awarded the position of Companion of CIMSPA in recognition of his significant contribution to the sports and physical activity sector. In acceptance of the award, Lord Coe said, “I am honoured to become a companion of CIMSPA, which marks a real milestone for the sports and physical activity sector in the UK. By bringing together the skills and expertise of everyone in the industry, we will be in an incredibly strong position to ensure that the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be felt throughout the UK for many years to come.”
The County Sports Partnership Network (CSPN)
· The County Sports Partnership Network brings together 49 County Sports Partnerships from across England, and is responsible for supporting the delivery of national sports policy at a local level by shaping it to the needs of local communities.
· The CSPN contributes to the health of the nation by helping local people lead healthier, active lives.
· The CSPN brings together the knowledge and expertise of a range of local delivery partners – including local authorities, clubs and schools – enabling it to use resources in the most efficient way possible to deliver sport in the local community.
Donna Roddy, Citydesk Sport, on behalf of CIMSPA
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