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CIMSPA releases first ever Local Skills Plan for sport and physical activity

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has published its inaugural local skills plan for sport and physical activity.

Covering Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, the plan is the first of its kind and identifies key skills improvements, workforce challenges and priorities for local sport and physical activity, as well as recommendations and actions to shape future work.

Developed by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Local Skills Accountability Board, the sport and physical activity local skills plan aims to support the wider Local Skills Improvement Plan for that area.

The plan has three key recommendations: to recruit, train, support and retain a representative and inclusive workforce, to support education establishments working with local employers, and to adopt a data-led approach to sector workforce development.

The publication of the skills plan follows CIMSPA’s new strategy Releasing The Power Of Our Profession, launched earlier this year. The strategy outlines plans for interventions such as the Local Skills Plans to deliver the individual and collective recognition that the sport and physical activity sector workforce “needs and deserves”.

Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO said: “This is the first local skills plan for sport and physical activity of many across the country.

“Sport and physical activity provision must reflect the local needs of participants, employers, deployers and of course, our workforce.

“Our sector professionals can and already have had such a significant impact on the nation’s health and wellbeing. Now, we must work together and adopt a collaborative, place-based approach so that we can develop a highly skilled and well-equipped workforce to support our local people and health services even further with prevention, rehabilitation, and recovery.

“We are so pleased to be working collectively with the incredible organisations that have contributed towards the creation of the Local Skills Plans. They will set out a clear roadmap to provide the right people with the right skills and training to drive this forward and support local health strategies.”

CIMSPA worked with a number of local partners on producing the plan, including Loughborough College, Active Together (formerly Leicestershire and Rutland Sport) and East Midlands Chamber.

To find out more about the first ever Local Skills Plan, click here.

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