Wake up call for sport and physical activity providers

Plans to breathe new life into the delivery of sport and physical activity in Leeds are underway  - thanks to two leading professionals. 

A BBC Wales’ ‘business doctor’ along with a leading professor in sport and physical activity will be talking to leisure providers in Yorkshire about how innovative leadership and an understanding of the future challenges in sport will help people get back in shape.

The pair are keynote speakers at the leading Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) conference being held on Thursday March 28, at John Charles Centre for Sport in Leeds from 9.30am to 3.30pm.

The event is one in a series of conferences, being held by CIMSPA, across the country.

Dr. Paul Thomas, who is well known following his appearance on BBC Wales’ ‘Business Doctor’ documentary, will draw on his academic research experience to promote a dramatic change in the work environment.

He advocates that a better work environment can lead to a more healthier and active lifestyle for employees.

Dr. Thomas said:

“I am delighted to have been invited as one of the keynote speakers to the CIMSPA event.

I want to talk to those in the sport and physical activity industry about how putting the ‘human-ness’ back into leadership is not only vital for creating sustainable, robust organisations with healthy and committed employees but how it will also help to stimulate more people to take up sport and physical activity as a result.”

Professor Barrie Houlihan, who is a professor of sport policy at Loughborough University, will be discussing the future of the sport and physical activity sector.

He said: “This is a really exciting but challenging time for those working in the sport and physical activity sector.

We need to ensure we are prepared for the future challenges the industry faces, so that we can overcome them and ensure we remain on target to increase sports participation across the UK.”

Sean Holt, Chief Executive Officer of CIMSPA, said he was delighted to have enlisted the support of Professor Houlihan and Dr. Thomas.

He said: “It is a privilege to have Dr. Thomas and Professor Houlihan speaking at the CIMSPA Leeds event.

As the leading Chartered body in the sport and physical activity sector it is our role to ensure we as a workforce are motivated and understand the triggers that stimulate others to become more active.

We need to plan for the future and ensure the workforce of tomorrow is prepared for the challenges that await them.”

For more information or to book on a course please log on to www.cimspa.co.uk




  • Launched in 2011, CIMSPA is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
  • CIMSPA provides leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in sport and physical activity 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 profit.
  • CIMSPA has been awarded Chartership status by the Royal Privy Council, which came into effect at the start of January 2012.

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