Associate (leisure operations)

An individual who holds an endorsed technical qualification e.g. coach co-ordinator, fitness suite leader or swimming teaching co-ordinator and works in the sector. Associates are technical professional with management aspirations.

Entry requirements

Evidence of a CIMSPA recognised entry qualification or relevant experience in working as a team leader / supervisor. 

Annual membership fee: £30 (inc VAT)

Membership benefits

  • Recognition and status – being a member of the chartered institute demonstrates your professional expertise and experience in the sector.

  • CIMSPA Academy – access to FREE recognised CPD eLearning
  • Record of professional development – through the ‘my page’ on the CIMSPA website, you can view your own professional development.

  • Digital “turning pages” access to S&PA Professional, the quarterly CIMSPA magazine, and access to the magazine archive.

  • Access to the CIMSPA online library and policy guidance collection.

  • CIMSPA member bulletin – a carefully curated selection of sector reports, guidance, useful resources and news, sent fortnightly.

  • S&PA Extra – the monthly digital newsletter counterpart to the CIMSPA magazine.

  • Access to the latest sector job vacancy information.

  • Networking - you will be part of the UK's network of sport and physical activity professionals, especially at the local level – our nations and regions events will help you engage with colleagues.

  • Access to discounted CIMSPA regional events – network with fellow professionals, learn and share best practice.

  • Use of a specified CIMSPA logo on personal web pages / business card etc.


CIMSPA is adopting a policy of requiring most membership categories to undertake CPD per membership year. Find out more HERE