A free training initiative has been launched to support sport and physical activity providers following the Covid-19 lockdown.
The ‘ReActivate’ scheme has been commissioned by CIMSPA (the Chartered Institute for the Management for Sport and Physical Activity) and funded by Sport England.
It provides a free, online training platform that will equip anyone working or volunteering in the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently return to work or restart their coaching activity.
ReActivate covers areas such as risk management, social distancing, cleaning and use of equipment; along with refresher training, Covid-specific procedures and health and wellness support for staff still on furlough. It will also generate a CIMSPA ‘Covid-Safe’ training certificate on completion.
The platform will be free to use for 12 months for anyone working or volunteering in the sport and physical activity sector in England; including grassroots sports coaches and volunteers.
Tara Dillon, CEO of CIMSPA, said: “The sport and physical activity workforce and volunteers are going to play a vital role in keeping the nation fit and healthy as we emerge from this crisis.
“With our recent ‘Return to Work’ survey indicating that 40% have some degree of apprehension about returning, it is vital that we give them the support they need to return with confidence and create a safe environment for the public.
“The resources we are providing with support from Sport England and our delivery partners are designed to give all stakeholders the ability to re-open with confidence.”
Tim Hollingsworth, CEO of Sport England, added: “Sport and physical activity play a crucial role in our health and wellbeing and we recognise the vital role of those who work in the leisure sector, as well as the countless volunteers and coaches who keep our communities active.
“It is absolutely vital to give everyone who needs it access to the resources and training they need to confidently return to their roles, and this is why we have invested in this major training initiative.”
Employers and facility managers interested in free access to the ReActivate training platform for their teams can find out more and register their interest at https://cimspa-reactivate.uk/