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Pearls of wisdom from our British elite level athletes

IAN TAYLOR is chief executive at Skills Active

CIMSPA embarks on aquatics partnership

The Chartered Institute for Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has announced a new partnership with aquatics bodies the Institute of Qualified Lifeguards (IQL) and the Institute of Swimming (IoS) to deliver its pool plant operator qualifications. CIMSPA’s tie-up with the IQL –


aving personally been on both sides of the fence, it’s clear that our sectors can learn a great deal from the world of

elite sport and I’m thrilled that this year’s Leisure Industry Week and REPs National Convention offer the chance for the work- force in our sector to experience first-hand just how much we can learn from those at the top of their chosen profession. At this year’s REPs Convention,

Olympic weightliſter Zoe Smith (along- side her coach, Sam Dovey), Olympic heptathlete Louise Hazel and Paralympic alpine skier Anna Turney will be our guest speakers delivering engaging and infor- mative sessions. As elite athletes they will share their expertise on recovering from setbacks and outline exactly how to bring out the focus, determination and immense ambition in those who are developing a career in the fitness industry. Tere are also technical sessions; and this

diverse learning approach will undoubt- edly make for a stronger fitness workforce. Aside from essential qualities, elite

athletes can advise budding athletes and professional trainers on developing pro- grammes appropriate to one’s individual needs. Teir years of experience allow them to focus and guide people on how to cre- ate an exercise routine which enables them to reach their full potential. Moreover, the qualifications of these expert athletes mean they have superior knowledge of the fitness industry and know how to achieve goals. What makes the fitness industry an

exemplary and relevant example here, is the shared commitment to goal-setting, targets, remaining focused and achieving tangible outcomes. All of these attributes are at the heart of an exercise professional’s values. SkillsActive believes that the fitness

industry will grow and flourish with the advice from such experts. Te pairing of motivational qualities in elite sport, com- bined with expert technical knowledge allows our workforce to fully explore and discover the extent of their abilities.


the awarding body of the Royal Life Saving Society – and IoS, which is the premier training provider for the ASA, brings together the three big- gest organisations in aquatics. Te full suite of CIMSPA qualifications organised and delivered by the IoS, with external quality assurance and certification provided by the IQL. Under the terms of the three-

Te new tie-up brings together three giants of UK aquatics

year agreement, CIMSPA will work with both organisations to review and develop the qualifications, introducing more tutors and improving resources and quality assurance systems in order to maintain standards. The move is in line with the institute’s

new business plan, approved by members in November 2013, which determined that CIMSPA would no longer deliver education, but instead focus on setting the highest stan- dards for training within the sector.

“CIMSPA has more than 40 years’ expe-

rience in providing pool and spa plant training. Tis new partnership is great news for the institute and pool plant operators,” said interim chief operating officer Tara Dillon. Te partnership with the IoS and IQL took

effect from 1 September 2014. Course prices, partner discounts and course content will not alter for the next 18 months to minimise the impact on customers and candidates. Details:

New course covers training older adults

Active IQ has announced the launch of a new qualification designed to provide learners with the skills to design and adapt exercise programmes to meet the needs of older adults. There has been a slew of

recent evidence highlighting the importance of exercise in maintaining quality of life for older people. Separate research studies have found that exer- cise taken by those in their twilight years can improve brain function, stave off depression and prevent cancer. Te new Level 3 Award in

Participants will be taught the specifics of assessing clients’ needs

Designing Exercise Programmes for Older Adults (QCF) is aimed at fitness instruc- tors wishing to work with individuals in the older age bracket, taking into account the extra considerations required for putting together an effective exercise programme. Participants will also be taught how to inter- pret the amount of physical activity clients can do and how to assess health issues.

Read Leisure Opportunities online: “Te needs of the older generation can be

different to young adults and exercise plans need to be designed and adapted around what physical activity individuals can do, whilst tak- ing health issues into consideration,” said Suzy Gunn, operations director of Active IQ. “Te new qualification gives learners and training providers the opportunity to address these par- ticular issues.” Details:

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