CIMSPA launches ReEngage platform to help the sport and physical activity sector recover from Covid

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  • New learning and skills platform will help to future-proof the skill set of anyone working or volunteering in sport and physical activity in England
  • New platform follows on from the success of ReActivate and covers areas of learning including long Covid, engaging with inactive people and working with an ageing population
  • ReEngage is free to anyone working or volunteering in the sector in England
  • Funded by Sport England, commissioned by CIMSPA and delivered by Future Active Workforce CIC


CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity) today announces the launch of ReEngage: a new, free, learning platform for anyone working in sport and physical activity in England. ReEngage builds on the success of ReActivate, the online Covid-awareness training launched in 2020 to support the sector as it emerged from the first Covid lockdown.

The new platform, funded by Sport England and delivered by Future Active Workforce CIC, will provide the sector’s workforce with the skills and knowledge to confidently engage with people across all communities as we recover from the impact of Covid-19, helping more people to enjoy the benefits of sport and physical activity.

More than 22,000 people used ReActivate, and a recent survey found that 93% felt an increased level of confidence about returning to their roles after completing the training. 85% also said they would welcome training specifically designed to help understand the effects of Covid-19 and how to support people in their communities to engage safely in physical activity at various stages of their recovery.

ReEngage provides online learning and skills development in four key areas, designed to ensure that everyone providing sport and physical activity services has the knowledge and confidence to engage with all members of their community:

  • Awareness of the prevalence, impact and treatment of long Covid
  • Engaging effectively with inactive adults with no pre-existing health conditions
  • Communicating with customers, especially those who may be lacking the confidence to return to physical activity
  • Awareness of the aspects of ageing that can be controlled or influenced through physical activity

Everyone completing a ReEngage learning unit will receive a digital certificate that demonstrates to both employers and the general public that they have undertaken industry-specific training. The units also include content that can be mapped to the criteria for further training, so that learners can choose to do additional, CIMSPA-endorsed professional development.

The ReEngage platform launches today, and is open to anyone working in sport, physical activity, leisure and fitness in England, including coaches and volunteers. There is also a ReEngage employer platform, open to leisure and fitness employers, larger community organisations and national governing bodies.
ReEngage has been funded by Sport England through the National Lottery, commissioned by CIMSPA and delivered by a consortium of partners led by Future Active Workforce CIC.

Tara Dillon, CEO, CIMSPA, commented:
“As we move away from Covid restrictions and learn to live with the virus, sport and physical activity workforce and volunteers will have a vital role to play in supporting the nation’s health.

ReEngage will be an invaluable resource in giving the workforce the skills and confidence to engage all members of their communities, with the ultimate goal of helping more people to feel the benefits of taking part in sport and physical activity. We are delighted to be able to deliver this free resource, with support from Sport England, the National Lottery and our delivery partners.”

Elaine Briggs, Managing Director of Future Active Workforce, said:
“Empowering our workforce has never been of greater importance. We must provide the tools for our workforce to lead the charge in uniting our sector and providing an holistic and whole systems approach to engaging our members, as well as the wider communities that our sector serves.

The ReActivate to ReEngage platform represents a continued effort from organisations across the sector to rebuild, reshape and re-engage, ensuring our workforce is equipped to face the new set of challenges they are faced with in a post-pandemic world; one which requires a diverse set of skills if we are to answer on the asks of the Sport England strategy and work towards a healthier and more active society.”


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, gym, coaching, health and wellbeing. We achieve this through sector-wide engagement, membership, networking, events, directories and professional standards.

Incorporated by Royal Charter Charity registration number 1144545

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