S&PA Professional – Spring 2015 issue out now

It’s election time. So a really important chance for the sports and physical activity sector to hammer home the crucial role it can play in future health policy (p22).

Encouragingly, politicians this time around seem keen for the physical activity industry to play a key role in ensuring the nation’s health. Leisure provision is no longer a nice-to-have.

But the sector must have an arsenal of statistics and data at its disposal to prove its merit, says outgoing ukactive CEO David Stalker (p30).

It must also have a dynamic, fit for purpose trade association underpinning its activities. Which is why CIMSPA’s activities, including its establishment of regional chairs to provide a networking, training and apprenticeship programme structure across the nation, is so important (p16).


  • News: new portal for primary school sport
  • Case study: Access Fitness, one of the UK’s first disability gyms
  • Making space: is it time to feng shui your gym?
  • Tech focus: temporary swimming pools
  • Leadership focus: what makes a successful leader?
  • Sport ambassador: Everton midfielder Leon Osman

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