Statement on the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory

In 2016 the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity created the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory to celebrate exercise and fitness professionals who are recognised by the sector’s single chartered professional body. The directory continues to grow and has already been adopted by key employer partners including Fusion Lifestyle, Places for People Leisure and Nuffield Health.

CIMSPA can confirm that it is in early discussions with Sports Coach UK, who announced their acquisition of the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) in January 2017, to simplify the workforce landscape for all fitness and physical activity professionals.

Our aim is to remove any confusion in the sector that may exist among both employers and employees about multiple registers for sport and physical activity professionals. Both CIMSPA and Sports Coach UK are committed to working together to find a solution that works for everyone in the sector.

The sport, fitness and physical activity landscape is changing and the professionals delivering frontline services are key to tackling inactivity and getting more people more active. It is therefore vital that they are equipped with the right skills to meet the challenges of this new landscape as well as the needs of the government’s Sporting Future strategy.

The government recognises the sector as a valid solution to the inactivity epidemic and has expressly tasked CIMSPA to transform our workforce so that we can meet the changing expectations of customers and stakeholders. Only by upskilling our workforce can help to solve these issues. It is encouraging therefore that the new owners of the REPs are as committed to clarifying the landscape for all fitness and physical activity professionals as we are.

CIMSPA recommends that its employer partners, activity and fitness operators and individual exercise and fitness professionals should do as they have done for the past year and continue to join the rapidly growing number of CIMSPA exercise and fitness affiliate and practitioner members on the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory.

Employers who have already committed include:

  • 1Life
  • Abbeycroft Leisure
  • AoC Sport Ltd
  • Aspire Instructability
  • Doncaster and Culture Leisure Trust
  • Edinburgh Leisure
  • Erewash BC
  • Everyone Active
  • Fusion Lifestyle
  • Future Fit Training Ltd
  • GLL
  • Jubilee Hall Trust
  • LED Leisure Management Ltd
  • Nuffield Health and Wellbeing
  • Places for People Leisure Management Ltd
  • Sheffield International Venues Ltd
  • The Holbrook Club Ltd
  • Wave Leisure Trust

As well as many hard-working and innovative self-employed exercise and fitness professionals.

Incorporated by Royal Charter Charity registration number 1144545

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