Workforce Governance: Sport and Physical Activity


In ‘Uniting the Movement’ – Sport England’s new 10-year strategy – the importance was highlighted of a sector-wide approach to supporting, safeguarding and regulating the workforce to ensure the delivery of high-quality and safe experiences at all levels of sport and physical activity. To help deliver on these aspects of the strategy, Sport England has commissioned CIMSPA to lead on the second phase of ‘Workforce Governance: Sport & Physical Activity’ – a project to understand the ways in which the sport and physical activity workforce can be better supported to provide safe and high-quality experiences for all participants.

Following the 2017 Duty of Care Report and our Active Nation coaching and workforce strategies, this work began in 2019 as a Workforce Registration and Regulation Consultation. The findings and recommendations from that consultation (phase 1) concluded that there was a broad appetite from across the sector to make improvements and find better ways of preventing harm from occurring. A summary can be found here.

Phase 2

CIMSPA is now moving into phase 2 of the project, with Sporting People conducting research which will include engagement with stakeholders from across the sport and physical activity sector to:
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how organisations are currently supporting the workforce in delivering positive experiences for all participants
  • Understand how organisations are already working to mitigate workforce related risks
  • Examine the role and existing methods of workforce regulation and registration
  • Appraise best practice in workforce governance from across the sector, alongside learning from other sectors and countries

We are inviting sport and physical activity sector colleagues in a range of different roles* to engage with this research and provide input in the following ways:

1. Online focus groups
If you would like to be considered for participation in the research, which in this phase is small online focus groups, then please complete this form. We will be inviting participation in line with the project goal of recruiting from a variety of roles and organisation types, and we will contact all potential participants in May.
2. Online Questions
This phase of the project is qualitative and the focus groups will be the initial point for analysis. If you are unable to take part in a focus group, you can share your personal experience by completing a set of online questions. These online questions will be used to validate focus group findings where appropriate.
3. Stay Informed
Register your interest in being kept up to date as the project moves forward, and for future opportunities to provide input.

Your input is highly appreciated and will help to shape recommendations of best-practice in workforce governance, to provide safe and high quality experiences for all participants.

*We are specifically interested in hearing from people working or volunteering in the following roles within the sport and physical activity sector:

  • Frontline workforce roles including: Coach; Assistant Coach - Elite/Recreation; Personal Trainer; Instructor - Gym and Group; Elite Performance Specialist; Swimming Teacher; Wellbeing Practitioner; Manager - Entry/Duty; Lifeguard; Officials
  • Head of Coaching/Sport/Workforce
  • Safeguarding Lead/Manager
  • Chief Executive (or equivalent)
  • Senior Leadership Team (with responsibility for coaching or workforce)
  • Board Member
  • Risk Register Manager
  • Elite Sport Support Staff (eg. Physios, Lifestyle Advisors, Strength and Conditioning Coaches)
  • Human Resources (with direct responsibility for the frontline workforce) 

For more information on this project, please contact info@cimspa.co.uk.

For media enquiries, please contact communications@cimspa.co.uk.

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