Sports chiefs unite to avail of post-Olympics sports funds
- Following on from the Prime Minister’s sports funding announcement recently, heads of sport from across the UK are gathering to discuss how they can avail of new funding streams post Games.
- The East Midland’s sport and physical activity sector say the Olympic and Paralympic Games have inspired the region, and nation, to get fit – they want to ensure they’re able to cater for the influx in people taking up sport.
- Event is being held at Sport Park, Loughborough University, on September 12, at 10am.
Sports chiefs in East Midlands have warmly welcomed the news that cash will be ploughed into UK sport and disability sport, but want to ensure the region gets a cut of the action.
As the Paralympics draw a close this Sunday members of the Chartered Institute for Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) are preparing to gather to explore ways leisure providers and community groups can access funding to meet the needs of those inspired by London 2012.
Ian Phelps, chairman of CIMSPA East Midlands, said he is thrilled millions of pounds worth of funding has been made available nationally following on from the Olympic and Paralympic Games. But, he says, the question on everyone’s lips is how is it going to be allocated? He wants to ensure the East Midlands’ region gets a slice of the funding pot.
“We are absolutely delighted the Government has made a commitment to invest money into sport and physical activity and seeking new approaches to disability sport.
I am proud the East Midlands is already leading the way in providing sport and physical activity provision.
But, now we have a new opportunity to access even more funding for more sport and disability sport in the area and we need to avail of this.”
Mr Phelps has organised a workshop, which is being held at Sport Park, Loughborough University, on September 12, at 10am, to offer staff members a unique insight into the nation-wide funding streams on offer.
The event, titled CIMSPA Professional development workshop – developing robust needs and evidence, will also look at ways in which members and people in the sector can ensure that the funding they have already been awarded is used to best effect.
Mr Phelps added:
“This is an excellent opportunity for members of the sport and physical activity sector to meet to ensure the right provision is developed in the right place to meet needs both now and in the future.
We need to ensure the Olympic and Paralympic Games have left a secure and healthy legacy for sport in this area.
The Olympic and Paralympic Games have inspired the nation to get active and as a result the demand for disability sport is at an all time great, we must cater for this.”
Disability sport was given a boost when Sport England recently unveiled plans to pump £2.8 million into the sector to help increase the number of disabled people playing sport, as well as making grassroots sport more inclusive.
While Prime Minister David Cameron revealed more than £500 million will be channelled into Olympic sports over the next four years to try to replicate the success of the London Games in Rio in 2016.
For more information about the event log on to www.cimspa.co.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS:
1. Launched in April 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. The Chairman of CIMSPA is Miles Templeman - former Director General of the Institute of Directors (IoD) and current Non Executive Director of the RFU.
8. 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.
9. 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.”
Donna Roddy, Citydesk Sport, on behalf of CIMSPA
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