CIMSPA explores outsourcing options

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has today announced that it will be exploring options to outsource the delivery of its services, either partly or as a whole, to interested parties to safeguard the long term viability of the institute in a challenging financial climate.

The institute formally secured Chartership status in January 2012, following a complex merger between ISRM and ISPAL, forming a new body tasked with supporting a much broader base (in comparison to its predecessors) of workforce disciplines from across the sport and physical activity sector.

In recent months, CIMSPA representatives have been exploring ways of sustaining the institute financially, faced with the challenge of running membership business in difficult economic times. As a membership body tasked to represent the workforce, it will continue to safeguard its independence and deliver against the requirements set out by the Royal Charter.

Marc Newey, Vice Chair of CIMSPA, said:

“Firstly, I would like to reassure members that while we are looking at the options, it remains as ‘business as usual’ at the institute.

There have been some notable successes over the past 18 months including: the broadening of the membership to embrace disciplines such as sport development and health; the launch of the Rising Talent programme; the embedding of a professional development framework; the sign up of over 100 corporate and education partners; in addition to the establishment of 12 national and regional boards providing members with a local network of events and development opportunities. However, we must be realistic, when at a time that our traditional membership base within local government is having to look at how it delivers services, we must similarly look at alternative ways of delivering our services more effectively.

We already successfully outsource a number of business functions in areas such as legal & HR services, technology, PR and publishing. This enables us to draw on expertise in these areas without significantly increasing our overheads.

The bottom line is that we have a responsibility to our members to explore opportunities that enhance the services that we offer but we are facing tough financial decisions as to how we achieve this enhanced offer. This process should help us to identify an approach that both underpins the institute financially and gives employers faith that they can access a robust pathway of development opportunities from entry level to senior management."

In the next few weeks expressions of interest will be sought from suitably qualified parties to explore the feasibility of such an arrangement.

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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.”

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