Covid-19: Develop yourself

Sector guidance

EMD - Adapting to face to face to online
Adapting face-to-face to online – the new world of fitness instructing. Emily Cox, Pilates instructor, tells us how she has adapted to delivering classes online.

Emily Cox is a Business Devlopment Executive at EMD sharing her experiences on how to take and run classes online.

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BTN Academy - Building a PT business around a busy family life
In this insightful talk Jesse Lambert-Harden a graduate student from the BTN Academy tells her story of building a successful business around a busy family life. How she did it, how she packaged her services, how she marketed her services, how she found the emotional roller-coaster and coping mechanisms she built, and more insights to inspire you to use yourself if a PT with a busy family life.

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Keep training and carry on: webinar with Creative Sport and Leisure
Creative Sport and Leisure are running a webinar outlining how they're keeping apprentices engaged during Covid-19, pick up some tips on 6 May (added 30 April 2020).

Sport and Recreation Alliance 'Catch a Coffee' webinars
These webinars give you the chance to hear from leading sector professionals on the obstacles and opportunities presented by the current environment, with topics such as 'how to make a media impact'.

Leisure Net Solutions launch interviews with key people in the sector
Leisure Net Solutions Ltd are releasing a weekly series of bitesize discussion videos and interviews with key people in the sector to talk about topical areas and discussion points. These will cover returning back to work and the normality following the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. These will be released at 10am every week on social media platforms and there will be an opportunity for those in the sector to put forward topics and discussion points that can feature in this series. For more information email Find the first episode here.


Educare offer free courses and resource for safegaurding
Educare are sharing free courses and resources to help you safeguard and protect children and young people at this difficult time.

Free webinar:
  • Changing Patterns of Abuse with Sharon White. 6th May 10 am.

7 Free duty of care CPD courses.
  • Free online well being and loneliness courses.
  • Free anxiety and privacy and security resources.


Home Schooling

Government backed online learning for your children
The government Department for Education launched the Oak National Academy on April 20th 2020. The online classroom aims to engage children in online learning and has classes from reception to year 10.

DfE have published a list of approved online resources for Physical Education and Mental Wellbeing
The Department for Education has published a list of approved online resources, these are the approved resources parents can use with their children this includes Physical Education and Mental Wellbeing.

Premier Education Group - free resources to stay active with your children
With the primary school closures Premier Education Group have created ‘Stay Active’ a section of their website dedicated to supporting children, families, and schools to keep children active remotely.

Community sport

Activity Grower Academy's weekly webinars
Activity Grower Academy are sharing weekly webinars on topics such as coronavirus' impact on community sport and the way forward. These are free to watch. Activity Grower Academy will be releasing a new webinar on 17 April.


Active IQ open their Skills Hub CPD and Medical Advisor training resources to all fitness professionals for free
Active IQ is ready to support the industry by opening their Skills Hub CPD and Medical Advisor training resources to all fitness professionals. Through their Skills Hub, fitness professionals will be able to study a wide range of CPD courses online and enhance their knowledge by listening to webinars and podcasts.

Biomechanics Education blogs
Over the next few weeks Biomechanics Education will be posting informative blogs on their website. All related to moving freely and will prove very useful to practitioners.


Swimming Teachers Association (STA)
STA has provided a number of offers that are free to STA members and discounted for new customers.

STA offers free and discounted webinars for swim teachers
STA is providing swimming teachers and tutors online webinars free of charge for STA members and discounted for non-members to help them upskill during these difficult times. READ MORE

STA provides free resources for swimming teachers for parents
STA are offering free resources for swimming teachers to distribute to parents to sustain customer satisfaction and loyalty. These resources are an entertaining and educating, helping to keep learning active and water safety at the forefront of childrens and parents minds. READ MORE

STA offers operators cost-competitive training with ATC’s
For new customers, STA are offering leisure operators cost-competitive training with ATC’s, discounted awards and a virtual consultation on how they can implement engaging learn to swim pathway in their centre. READ MORE

Safety Training Awards offer virtual courses:
Safety Training Awards are keen to provide new innovative ways of delivering their qualifications whilst maintaining our qualifications robustness and integrity. Find out how they are adapting to current challenges.

Safety Training Awards Pool Plant Online Revalidation and Alterntive:
An industry first for a regulated pool plant operations qualification, learners are provided the option to revalidate or convert to this qualification from an acceptable equivalent. READ MORE

Institute of Swimming offers free CPD for swimming teachers
These courses are usually £25 each and take you through the basics of the four strokes. They are perfect for those who are new to swimming so if you are looking for ways to keep your swim school clients or club parents engaged during this time then include them in your next mail out.


Girls Gone Strong resources Free online videos, online learning and articles (requires registration): exercises for pregnant clients, guide to coaching postpartum clients, how to modify a bootcamp for pregnant clients etc (added 15 May 2020)

Curious Coaches' Club
UK Coaching host the club on Monday's, which includes insightful and engaging coaching discussions with expert coaches. (added 20 April 2020)

UK Coaching open up free content for coaches
10 of their most popular resources are free until 3 May 2020. Content includes helping participants thrive and being a mindful coach. (added 17 April 2020).
Virtual ‘Safeguarding & Protecting Children (Online Classroom)’ course by UK Coaching and CPSU UK Coaching and CPSU have partnered up and are now providing Online Classrooms for the Safeguarding and Protecting Children course. This will enable coaches to access course during the lockdown.

sportscotland's CPD for coaches
Their app offers a range of resources to support coaches and volunteers working across the sporting system. The app provides content such as videos and podcasts which cover topics including multi-skills, physical literacy, psychology, and combined skills. You'll also receive notifications of CPD opportunities, news stories and other useful information.

Better Sport Coach Instruction Videos
Access 69 free instruction videos on a broad range of topics covered within and beyond sport and exercise science. Topics include but not limited to: Muscle contractile properties, energy systems, skeletal systems, mental health, diet and nutrition, emotional intelligence, coaching philosophy in sport, social media in sport, confidence.

Higher Education

Free courses from the Open University
Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all OpenLearn courses are free to study. They offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Their courses are available to start right away. sportscotland have a partnership with the Open University and have some of their learning hosted there.

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