CIMSPA sportscotland partners

CIMSPA and sportscotland enter Memorandum of Understanding and Trust


CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, and sportscotland, the national agency for sport, have today announced that they have entered a Memorandum of Understanding and Trust (MoUT) to strengthen the sporting workforce in Scotland.

The MoUT will see CIMSPA work alongside sportscotland to support the delivery of its new strategy to create an active Scotland where everyone benefits from sport and physical activity.

The two organisations will work together to develop the Scottish workforce system through a number of initiatives. These include the creation of a suite of professional standards that are fit for purpose for Scotland – to be approved by a Scottish Professional Development Board (SPDB) – and validating, endorsing and quality assuring coaching qualifications in Scotland.

“The devolved nature of sport and education means that we can no longer take a blanket approach to workforce development. This MoUT with sportscotland gives us a presence in Scotland and allows us to pool our expertise so that we can provide a bespoke solution for Scotland,” says Spencer Moore, CIMSPA’s Director of Strategy.

The relationship will also ensure the portability of Scottish qualifications throughout the UK via the CIMSPA kitemark.

“Sport and education policy and guidance is devolved, but CIMSPA’s kitemark remains constant – ensuring UK-wide recognition for our Scottish members and any sport and activity professionals who have received CIMSPA-endorsed training in Scotland,” says Moore.

The partnership will also see the creation of the first CIMSPA post in Scotland. Jointly managed by CIMSPA and sportscotland, the new partnership officer will engage with CIMSPA employers, education partners and members in Scotland to ensure the chartered institute’s work aligns with sportscotland’s corporate strategy.

Fiona Wernham, Sport Development Head (Coaching and Volunteering) at sportscotland, said: “We are delighted to enter into a new and exciting relationship with CIMSPA. “We already have great people delivering and developing sport in Scotland and this partnership gives us an opportunity to further support and strengthen the sporting workforce. We look forward to working with CIMSPA on professional standards for Scotland, along with our governing body and local partners. By working together, we can make an even bigger impact on the sporting system in Scotland.”

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