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Making the most of child activity delivery

IAN TAYLOR is chief executive at SkillsActive

Active Training Awards winners announced

Te physical activity sector’s leading training providers gathered in Marlow at the end of November to cele- brate 2014’s top achievers at the Active Training Awards. More than 150 of the indus-


ere at SkillsActive we are passionate about children’s physical activity and the need to learn and develop motor

skills that will help them throughout their lives. We are not talking just about the small amount of time that they may participate in sport or other activities at leisure centres. Consider sport and PE lessons at school, the Playwork groups, dancing in the studio, out in the park and in the great outdoors - whether structured under a PGL type activity or just out with family and friends. Getting fit, healthy and developing their wellbeing for the decades ahead should be something all children can access. All these sectors, (of the seven we cover),

come under SkillsActive as the government licenced Sector Skills Council for Active leisure, learning and wellbeing. Te key to any of these activities is the people deliver- ing the activity; coaches, sports activators, playworkers, leaders and activity providers. One example where SkillsActive can

demonstrate a positive contribution is the creation of Children’s Activity Providers (CAPRE) and Playwork Registers. Tese professional Registers show a head teacher, a facility manager or a club leader that the individual, whether as an employee or as a volunteer, has the right qualifications, expe- rience and DBS checks to deliver positive outcomes for children of all ages. Head teachers and leisure centre manag-

ers in particular should use the professional registers such as CAPRE to ensure the out- comes they are looking for are achieved by ensuring that they have the right individu- als with the right qualifications and skills. Here at SkillsActive, we are trying to make this process as easy as possible by providing a government backed professional register so that both the public and the industry can be sure that the safest and best possible experiences are being delivered to children. What else would you want to see imple-

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try’s top training companies, employers, higher education providers and commercial vocational providers were on hand to hail exceptional performance and commit- ment to vocational training and development. Tere was a rigorous three

Representatives from Schwinn Cycling (front) collect their award

stage assessment process for the awards, ini- tially comprising a submission and then feedback stage from employers and learn- ers. Te final stage included a presentation to a panel of experts. “Training and devel- opment is rapidly changing to meet demands to today’s workforce,” said ukactive CEO and CIMSPA chair David Stalker. “We’ve focused this year on driving a dis-

cernible shiſt in training standards and it’s great to be able to recognise top players across the breadth of the industry as they continue to deliver the best-in-class vocational train- ing that is the bedrock of our sector.”

Full List of Winners: • Programme of the Year – Future Fit Training • Concept of the Year – Swimming Nature • Large Provider of the Year – Icon Training • Small Provider of the Year – Piloxing • Employer of the Year – GLL • Special Populations Programme of the Year - Aspire / InstructAbility • Supplier of the Year – Schwinn Cycling • Apprenticeships & Traineeships Provider of the Year – Lifetime Training • Most Inspiring Physical Act ivity Professional - Gary Paish, Everyone Active Details:

Fitness firms urged to upskill young staff

Active leisure employers are being urged to grasp the opportunity to improve the skills and expertise of more young people in the sec- tor through a free scheme provided by Focus Training. Te health and fitness train-

ing provider now has funding available for modern appren- ticeships in Instructing Exercise and Fitness via its Staff Academy and is offer- ing to help young employees successfully attain Level 2 or Level 3 qualifications. Training is delivered

Training is delivered through distance learning and workshops

through distance learning sup- ported by Focus Training tutors and workshop attendance at one of its many UK venues. With the Modern Apprenticeship scheme, this train- ing is free to employers and can be applied to existing and new staff aged 16 to 18 years old. Focus spokesperson Darren Chadwick

said: “We would urge employers to upskill their young members of staff and recruit new

Read Leisure Opportunities online:

starters to take advantage of this funding opportunity.” Physical activity apprentice- ships recently received a welcome shot in the arm as the industry secured trailblazer status, meaning active leisure employers can tailor apprenticeships to streamline training path- ways and proactively address skills shortages. Details:

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