Our sector leadership

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Our workforce leadership has been recognised by government, national sports and education agencies, and the sector's largest employers. We work with over 400 partners.

In its 2015 "Sporting Future" strategy, HM Government mandated CIMSPA to partner with Sport England to develop and improve the sport and physical activity sector's workforce.

We are a Sport England Expert Partner and lead agency in the delivery of its 2018 "Working in an Active Nation" people strategy.

Backed by over 150 sector employers

Our degree endorsement and quality kitemark is fully backed by over 150 CIMSPA Employer Partners, operating across the UK. They have committed to recognising qualifications endorsed against CIMSPA professional standards for direct entry into relevant roles. These employers are active building employability pathways with CIMSPA Higher Education Partners.

Our employer partners include:

Employer Partners

For a full list of partners who support our work, see here.

High-level policy backing

The Sport and Physical Activity Sector Professional Development Board (PDB) is the senior policy body for our sector. Its members, together with CIMSPA Employer Partners, have committed to recognising CIMSPA-endorsed degrees for immediate entry into relevant roles.

Board members

  • Active Partnerships Network
  • Association of Education and Learning Partners
  • AoC Sport
  • British Gymnastics
  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
  • EMD UK
  • Everyone Active
  • Fit for Sport Limited
  • Greenwich Leisure Limited
  • Jubilee Hall Trust
  • Local Government Association
  • Nuffield Health
  • Places Leisure
  • Public Health England
  • South Downs Leisure
  • Sport England
  • sportscotland
  • Streetgames
  • Swim England
  • The Football Association
  • The Lawn Tennis Association
  • UK Active
  • UK Coaching
  • University of Brighton
  • UK Sport
  • Virgin Active
  • Watford Borough Council

Become a higher education partner

For more information, please contact Helen Hiley (Education Officer - Higher Education) at helen.hiley@cimspa.co.uk or call +44 7990042750.
We are the official End Point Assessment Quality Assurance Agency for five sector apprenticeships
We are a Professional Statutory Regulatory Body for higher education in our sector

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