A year in review: coronavirus, chartered status, and more

Like every other organisation, the last 12 months for CIMSPA have been dominated by Covid-19 and – despite the immense challenges – we have provided valuable support and guidance to the sector and its workforce. We have managed to grow both our membership and the number of partners we work with, and we continue to focus on making our sector – and the excellent professionals who work in it – even stronger.

The headlines

Our highlights

When Covid-19 struck

When the country went into lockdown, we responded quickly to provide as much support as possible for our members, partners, and the wider workforce. Our Stronger Together campaign saw many organisations coming forward with offers of support and expertise, and our Facebook group has become an invaluable platform for people to connect with CIMSPA and each other. Keeping employers and individuals up to date with the latest Covid-19 guidance (through several lockdowns and across all four home nations) has been a major focus for us, especially in providing individuals working in the sector with the information they need to work safely. We have also worked hard to gain insight into how people in the sector were dealing with the challenges of Covid-19.

ReActivating and ReTraining the workforce

CIMSPA was able to secure £2m of funding, via Sport England and the National Lottery, for our ReActivate and ReTrain programmes. This was money injected directly into the sector to help operators recover from Covid-19, plugging any skills gaps in their workforce and helping individuals to return to work safely and with confidence. We have also just announced a further £5m of funding from Sport England to support job retentionand help the sector to recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Launching chartered membership

We have made good progress towards our vision of a respected and recognised sector, including the launch of Chartered Activity and Health Practitioner status, the endorsement of more degree programmes, a new policy for delivering physical activity online and the creation of eight new professional Standards.

Onboarding REPs

We began the year on a positive note, having announced an agreement with UK Coaching to create a single directory for all exercise and fitness professionals, and we continue to welcome former REPs members into CIMSPA membership. Now, over 4,000 members have joined CIMSPA from REPs.

Looking forward

Despite an extremely tough year for so many people, we're confident in the future of our sector and in CIMSPA’s role in representing and advocating for the amazing professionals that work in it.

Download our latest annual report (2020-21) below.

Document CIMSPA Annual Report 2020-21


The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

CIMSPA’s work enhances the career opportunities and professional development of the workforce operating in sport, fitness, exercise, leisure, gyms, coaching, outdoor exercise, health and wellbeing. We achieve this through sector-wide engagement, membership, networking, events, directories and professional standards.

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