Sport professionals join forces for Rising Talent

Leading names in the sport and physical activity arena are joining forces to help students and young professionals secure jobs.

Senior figures from the sector are being brought together thanks to the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), as part of their nation-wide Rising Talent programme.

The free-of-charge event, called Rising Talent, takes place on November 27 at Sport Wales National Centre, in Cardiff.

Julian Leybourne, chair of CIMSPA Wales, said the event will provide students and young professionals looking to work in the sector with a ‘golden opportunity’ to network and get the hottest tips direct from the industry leaders.

He said: “CIMSPA Wales are delighted to be supported by Sport Wales who are hosting this prestigious first-ever Rising Talent event in the country.

We want to entice people into the sport and physical activity field in what is arguably its most exciting time following the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fellow national management board members, Kerry Ann Sheppard and Rob Griffiths, who have organised this event, have commented it will not only enable young professionals and students to get a taste of the rich and diverse vocational opportunities here in Wales, but would also provide them with the chance to future-proof their careers.”

CIMSPA’s Chief Executive Officer, Sean Holt, said the event would provide the perfect platform for those entering the sector to meet leading leisure providers in a variety of different roles.

He said: “The sport and physical activity sector is increasingly becoming a sought after career for young professionals and students - over 30 per cent of our workforce are under the age of 30.

We are excited about the future leaders of our industry and it is CIMSPA’s role to ensure the workforce of tomorrow is skilled and equipped for the exciting challenges ahead to help boost UK plc.”

Speakers include James Thomas from Welsh Boxing, David Gough from Cardiff City Academy and Caro Wild from Street Games, amongst a host of others.



  • 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.

Donna Roddy, Citydesk Sport, on behalf of CIMSPA

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