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AASE Apprentice and BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011



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 News in brief Pay per NEET

Apprenticeships 6

Football apprenticeships


CITO’s  best Apprentice – Tom Wilson-Croome

News  in brief Playwork qualifications offer REPs in the news


N  ew match funding opportunity

Youth and Community Sport Strategy

Nancy Ovens Bursary 8

L  auren Taylor AASE Apprentice is BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year

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Make 2012 the year you take on an apprentice

WELCOME TO ACTIVEINSIGHT of up to £1,500 have been pledged to small to medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 24 year olds. SUKI KALIRAI Interim CEO With newspaper headlines reporting rising unemployment rates on a seemingly daily basis, it’s heartening to know that doom and gloom isn’t reaching every area of the job market. SkillsActive is delighted to report that over the past five years it has seen a 600 per cent increase in the number of sport and active leisure apprentices and a 90 per cent rise in the hair and beauty sector. You can read more about just a few of our successful apprentices on page 10. And with increased financial benefits newly launched by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS) the number of apprentices looks set to rise. 40,000 apprenticeship grants

In addition, our Group Training Association enables employers running small to medium sized businesses to group together and access funded training that would otherwise be difficult to reach. This training is delivered through SkillsActive’s network of approved National Skills Academy training providers. (See apprenticeship-funding for more). If none of that has you convinced of the great things apprenticeships can lead to then turn to page 8 to read our exclusive interview with BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year Winner (2011) Lauren Taylor who is on the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme. As the youngest ever winner of the Ladies’ British Open

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Nancy Ovens Bursary


Impact – case study


M  ayor’s Sports Legacy

Training with a difference Yorkshire and Humber

Hosting the third annual Fitter Schools Games Legacy

WHAT’S ON Amateur Championship, golfer Lauren described the AASE scheme as offering her the best of both worlds – the ability to work on her sport while earning relevant qualifications. While vocational learning is at the heart of what we do here at SkillsActive, we are also passionate about life-enhancing learning. We work across various projects like the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund and the Nancy Ovens Bursary to enable people to achieve things they might not normally be able to. The stories resulting from these grants are truly inspiring (see page 12) and will, we hope, encourage more businesses to become involved in similar schemes. I hope you enjoy this edition of ActiveInsight and find the stories in it inspiring. We are proud to be involved in facilitating the careers of so many young people and hope you will be too.

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S killsActive Breakfast Briefing – The State of the Nation – London

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Assessor Training Day – London

19-22 FIBO fitness, wellness and health exhibition – Essen, Germany 25-26 International Herald Tribune Sports Business Summit – Istanbul,Turkey

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R  EPs South East convention – London




SkillsActive strongly welcomes the Government’s ‘payment-by-results’ youth employment scheme for under-18s, announced in February by Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. The scheme, part of the Youth Contract, allocates £126 million towards 55,000 teenagers in England with poor qualifications who are currently not in employment or education (NEET). It will invite bids for contracts worth up to £2,200 for each teenager who can be

Three employers in Suffolk, in partnership with SkillsActive, are aiming to give 25 young people the chance to kick-start their sporting career by offering apprenticeship opportunities in football. Recruitment is now underway for positions on the year-long programme, which provides the opportunity for apprentices to gain nationally recognised qualifications whist working in a football related setting. Successful applicants will have the chance to be employed in one of the county’s three high profile football organisations – Ipswich Town FC, Needham Market FC, and Suffolk FA – in coaching, playing, administration or football development. The FA’s Head of the National Game, Kelly Simmons says:



sustained in work, education or training for 12 months. Suki Kalirai, interim CEO of SkillsActive says: “The sport and active leisure sector is perfect for NEETs.Twenty-nine percent of the sector’s workforce is aged 16-24 and we offer highly attractive job roles that can help get many of the now one million unemployed 16 to 24 year olds off the dole queue. “This latest initiative offers a muchneeded career lifeline and helps employers to source enthusiastic, skilled talent for their workforce. I urge employers in our sector to take up this opportunity to develop

“We are really excited about this apprenticeship programme because it uses the attraction of football to give many young people their vital first employment opportunity. The FA are working closely with SkillsActive to ensure quality apprenticeships are embedded across the game with strong commitments from all those interested in developing and nurturing the future talent of football coaching, refereeing and administration.” The programme has already employed 40 apprentices since it was established in July 2011, including Elliot Jarrold, 16, from Needham Market. Elliot says: “I always wanted to work in sport but I wasn’t sure how to get started, until I heard about this apprenticeship. I went along to the trial where I was tested on my technical ability, and I got in. Now I’m gaining the skills to be a football coach, improving my game and earning money. It’s great!”

their workforce, reduce business costs and help alleviate the nation’s unemployment crisis, by taking on apprentices and using one of SkillsActive’s 13 different apprenticeship frameworks.” To learn more about apprenticeships in the sport and active leisure sector, and how your business can benefit, please visit takethelead To hire a work ready, qualified Future Jobs Fund graduate please visit

The training is coordinated by Suffolk-based provider WS Training. Young people on the apprenticeship programme will follow the frameworks designed by SkillsActive, in consultation with employers. The apprentices will gain nationally recognised qualifications such as an NVQ in Activity Leadership NVQ and FA Coaching Awards.

For more information about the apprentice opportunities see apprenticeships-nvqs/ football-apprenticeships


Tom Wilson-Croome is the winner of the Caravan Industry Training Organisation’s (CITO) 2012 Best Park Apprentice Award. Tom, from Dorset, is working towards a qualification in Operational Services as part of his apprenticeship programme. He was presented with his certificate and prize at the annual Kingston Maurward prize-giving by college principal, Clare Davison. Tom started work at Sandford Holiday Park in Dorset in 2010, and although his role has largely been focussed on life-guarding at the busy pool, he has developed many new and valuable skills through his studies, including first aid and customer service.

Assessor Terry Margison describes him as “a likeable lad who has worked hard to complete his studies”. Terry believes that achieving his Duke of Edinburgh award at Gold level also helped to develop Tom’s self-confidence and made him an even better communicator than he was before. Tom’s dedication and hard work earned him a promotion to Head Lifeguard and Dan Weiss, his line manager, praised his positive attitude towards work. He said: “Tom stands out from the crowd. He is genuinely one of the cheeriest people I know, and is never shy of offering what is often referred to as a “Croome Smile” which can quite literally light up any room. He is a popular member of the team who is renowned for his sense of humour – that brings joy to our customers and instant morale to the team.”

Tom Wilson-Croome and Clare Davison

SkillsActive has welcomed the five year Youth and Community Sport Strategy announced by Sport England and the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt. The organisation hopes to sit at the heart of the delivery, helping to ensure a skilled, competent and motivated workforce is available to implement grassroots programmes. Steve Mitchell, Head of National Partnerships at SkillsActive, says: “We are fully behind the new focus on sports participation for 14-25 year olds, and driving a step change in the sporting behaviour of a generation, never seen before in the UK.We also recognise the

programmes such as Personal Best and the World Skills London 2011 Volunteer Development Programme.

huge part SkillsActive can play in upskilling the existing workforce and training the next generation of sporting administrators, coaches and activators. “We plan to build on our existing relationships with NGBs and the

CSP network, to continue to develop a talented pool of young, dynamic and work-ready individuals. Moving forward, sports clubs will need to reach further into local communities to flush out new talent. SkillsActive has already demonstrated success in this area through its involvement in

“SkillsActive would welcome the opportunity to work across Government departments to target the huge unemployment challenge the country is facing. We know from our experience that working in partnership we can meet the challenges laid down by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and the Department for Work and Pensions, by offering the fit for purpose qualification framework, apprenticeship programmes and job creation scheme the industry will require to sustain increases in sports participation.”




City College Norwich has been appointed the lead training provider for SkillsActive’s Joint Investment Programme in Playwork.

SkillsActive secured £230,000 from the Government’s Growth and Innovation Fund, which matches employer funding with Government funding to help meet skills gaps in economically important sectors.

As part of its 10th anniversary celebrations the Register of Exercise Professionals started 2012 with a public awareness campaign which has already reached more than 9 million people.

is Gas-Safe compliant. Our members are highly-qualified, motivated professionals and we need the general public to recognise them as such.

The campaign aims to position REPs registration as a kite mark of safe and effective exercise practice and to challenge instructors who are not registered to sign-up to REPs. Registrar Jean-Ann Marnoch explains: “We’d like to make checking your instructor is REPs registered as automatic as checking your heating engineer



SkillsActive is now working with City College Norwich and a network of partner training providers to deliver the programme across all counties of England.

SkillsActive is looking for playworkers in England to take advantage of the offer of 50 per cent matched funding towards the Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork (from early years).

Lesli Godfrey, Strategic Lead for Playwork at SkillsActive, says: “We are really pleased that our bid for this funding has been successful and that employers will now have this opportunity to access a Playwork qualification for their staff from an early years background.”

To be eligible, learners must hold a full Level 3 Early Years qualification, based on the children’s care learning and development or early years and education standards. This does not include the new Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce at present.

Dick Palmer, Principal, City College Norwich, says: “We are delighted to be working with SkillsActive and partners to deliver the Level 3 Award in Transition to Playwork nationwide which will help extend the opportunities available to those already trained in early years.”

Details of the training available and the process by which both employers and playworkers can register their interest can be found at playworktransition

“As part of this campaign we’ve featured on Radio 4’s You and Yours programme, 15 regional radio stations, the London Evening Standard, and are working with major consumer magazines to position REPs’ members as exercise experts.” Jean-Ann added: “People invest a lot of time and money in engaging the services of a fitness professional and we want that investment to pay off.We want people to understand what REPs is, why it exists and how it can

work for them.We want them to use the facility on our website that allows them to verify their instructors’ registration status as well as searching for REPs’ trainers in their area.

“Already we’ve seen searches via our website increase over the last month and hope this continues well into the rest of the year.”


A new opportunity for employers to access match funding for training programmes which will teach professionals to learn behavioural change techniques and how to motivate inactive audiences is now live. Many employers have already signed up to be part of the Joint Investment Programme (JIP) and with 1,300 fitness professionals set to benefit, now is your opportunity to be part of the programme to up-skill the sector.

to Change Behaviour and Improve Health and Well-being while working as a Health Trainer • L 3 Unit – Customer Service in the Sport and Active Leisure Industry • L 3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Ante and Post Natal Participants • L 3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for People with Disabilities • L 4 Certificate for the management of lower back pain

Delivered by Sussex Downs College, in partnership with the FIA, SkillsActive, and the Sport and Fitness Employers Group (SAFE), the programme offers employers (and those who are self-employed) match funding on the following courses:

David Stalker, CEO, FIA said: “Through this programme, employers will support us to upskill over 1,300 fitness professionals to be able to introduce a currently inactive audience to physical activity, helping us achieve a more active nation.”

• L 2 Award in Understanding Health Improvement

Suki Kalirai, SkillsActive’s CEO said: “This is a great opportunity for employers to ensure their staff are completely up-to-date with their training without breaking the bank. In these straitened economic times training budgets can often be the first thing to be cut so we’re especially pleased to be able help ensure those working in the fitness industry carry on learning.”

• L 3 Award in Adapting Exercise for Older Adults • L 3 Award in Adapting Physical Activity for Older Adults • L 2 Award in Community Activation • L 3 Unit – Enabling Individuals

Liz Kemp, Project Delivery Coordinator at Sussex Downs College said: “Sussex Downs College is delighted to be working with the FIA and SkillsActive on such a challenging, high profile national project supporting leisure and fitness employers. We are looking forward to, not only managing the network of high quality training providers that will be delivering the qualifications, but also being part of the main steering group and monitoring the impact the project has on improving the physical activity of the nation.”

Employers and self-employed fitness professionals can register their interest by emailing For more information on the programme visit Details of the training available and the process by which both employers and playworkers can register their interest can be found at playworktransition

Need an extra pair of hands? Want funding to train your current staff? Visit to find out SkillsActive could help your organisation access thousands of pounds a year!




BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011 and AASE apprentice, Lauren Taylor, gives ActiveInsight the low-down on meeting Rory McIlroy, her hopes for women’s golf, and her addiction to Twitter!




AI ♦ When did your passion for golf start? LT ♦ Dad took me to our local driving range in Rugby when I was 11. I started hitting golf balls and apparently was a natural. I’ve loved it ever since. AI ♦ How often do you practice? LT ♦ The AASE programme allows me to practice everyday when I’m at college and, at weekends, I practice with my Dad. My training programme means I don’t see as much of my friends as I’d like. However, they’re really supportive and understand my sport has to come first. AI ♦ How does it feel being BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year? LT ♦ It was an honour to win the award. I was so surprised and shocked because the two other candidates (cyclist Lucy Garner and swimmer Eleanor Simmonds) had achieved a lot in their fields. The highlight for me was meeting amazing athletes like Luke Donald, Darren Clark and Rory McIlroy, who are all now following me on Twitter! AI ♦ You’re quite prolific on Twitter. Why do you enjoy it? LT ♦ I update my Twitter account several times a day. It’s a good way to stay in touch with family, friends and professional athletes, and to raise my profile. AI ♦ You joined AASE in September 2010. Why did the programme appeal to you? LT ♦ I wanted more time to work on my game, but I didn’t want to sacrifice my education. AASE gives

me the best of both worlds – the ability to play my sport while earning relevant qualifications.

against the world’s best female professionals. I am looking to build on that success in 2012.

AI ♦ How has AASE helped you as an athlete?

AI ♦ What’s the secret to your success?

LT ♦ As an AASE apprentice, I get to work with top PGA Professional Coaches and other experts such as a strength and conditioning coach, nutritionist and psychologist to improve my game. I gain qualifications, which have helped me secure a sports scholarship at Baylor College in Waco,Texas. I also get to train and spend time with other like minded athletes on the AASE programme, which is great.

LT ♦ Definitely my support team – my family, my friends and the coaching I receive from Andy Dunbar and the English Women’s Golf Association. It’s also about attitude. I am 100% committed to my sport – I want to be one of the top players in the world and nothing will stop me.

AI ♦ What’s been the highlight of your amateur career so far? LT ♦ Winning BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year 2011. It was one of the best nights of my life and will stay with me forever. On the green, winning Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship last year was very special. I had to play my friend, defending champion Kelly Tidy. It was very friendly to start, but when we got down to the last few holes we wanted to win no matter what! In the final I played Alexandra Bonetti from France and won 7 and 8. AI ♦ What challenges have you encountered? LT ♦ In 2010 I lost all confidence with my swing. I went back to (my old coach) Andy Dunbar, rebuilt it, and came out fighting. I won a few big tournaments last year including the British, the Ian Poulter Invitational and the Dutch Junior Ladies’ Open. I played in my first LET event and had a hole in one and playing in the Richo British Ladies’ Open was a fantastic opportunity to test myself

AI ♦ Is it hard being a woman in what is, traditionally, a men’s game? LT ♦ Women’s golf doesn’t get as much coverage as men’s because more men watch sport and they prefer to watch men play. I’m really passionate about getting more women playing and watching golf and I hope to use my profile to do that. AI ♦ Who is your idol? LT ♦ Tiger Woods. He dominated the sport for years and, even though his form has dropped a bit of late, he’s still one of the best players in the world. I admire his dedication to the sport and all the hard work he puts in. I’m also a big

fan of [current world number one] Luke Donald and Rory McIlroy. When Rory won the US Open last year, I was cheering him all the way. AI ♦ What do you hope to achieve in 2012? LT ♦ I’m looking forward to defending my title at the Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championship. I’m also taking up a sports scholarship, studying psychology, at Baylor College in Waco,Texas in August. I visited last year and the practice facilities are unreal. It’s really hot and sunny in summer, so I’ll have to pack my sunscreen! AI ♦ AASE provides apprentices with qualifications to enable them to pursue a secondary career. What would you be doing if you weren’t playing golf? LT ♦ It’s hard to imagine being anything but a professional golfer, but if I had to it’d be something related to the game, such as sports psychology, physiotherapy or golf coaching. Follow Lauren on Twitter @lauren_taylor94 To learn more about AASE visit

Lauren accepting the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year award



The number of apprentices working in the sport and active leisure sector has increased 600 percent in the past five years and, with increased financial benefits recently launched by the National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), that figure looks set to rise. Apprenticeships are a cost-effective way to develop a well-trained, motivated and loyal workforce and apprentices can access thousands of pounds a year in funded training. Plus, with the NAS pledging to provide up to 40,000 apprenticeship grants of up to £1,500 to small to medium sized employers recruiting 16 to 24 year olds, there has never been a better time to consider taking one on. SkillsActive has a range of apprenticeship frameworks available in the sport and active leisure sector, covering job roles as diverse as activity leadership, playwork and spectator safety. Each has been designed in consultation with sector employers,

to ensure they provide the skills businesses need to grow and develop. In addition, our Group Training Association enables English employers running small to medium enterprises to group together and access funded training that would otherwise be out of their reach. This training is delivered through SkillsActive’s network of approved National Skills Academy training providers. The following five stories demonstrate how apprenticeships have helped businesses and improved careers right across our sub sectors.

Outdoors – Lexine McAuley Back to back apprenticeships have helped Lexine McAuley scale her way to a manager role in the Outdoors. In 2006, Lexine began working at PGL, the UK’s leading outdoor education provider, as a group leader but wanted to continue learning. So when she was offered the chance to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sport and Recreation with the company, she grabbed it. 10


Lexine completed her first apprenticeship in just one year and is on track to complete her Level 3 Apprenticeship in Sport and Recreation by April 2012. With the help of apprenticeships, Lexine has risen from activity instructor to central operations manager. “If you’re passionate about an industry, capable and keen to progress, there’s no reason not to take up an apprenticeship,” she says.

PGL Apprenticeship Programme Manager Jo Mortimer says PGL’s 180 current apprentices have helped the organisation achieve a more flexible and qualified staff base. “Apprenticeships provide those who may not have travelled the academic route with the skills and qualifications we require.They show

new and prospective staff the development opportunities on offer.”


Jack Clarke, 17, left school at 15 and began working as a trainee engineer at Salop Leisure in Shewsbury, where he was offered an Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Leisure Operations. “I don’t enjoy class-based learning, which is why I decided not to go to college,” Jack says.

Caravans Jack Clarke A former farmer is carving himself a new career in the caravan industry with an apprenticeship.

“With an apprenticeship, I’m gaining hands on experience, qualifications and training as well as earning a wage.” Jack began his apprenticeship in February 2011 and has now completed his health and safety

product training. He is looking forward to obtaining gas and electrical qualifications in the future. “We have a wide variety of repairs coming into the touring caravan workshop and I’m learning all the time,” Jack says. Salop Leisure HR administrator Barbara Morris says: “Apprenticeships provide our staff with the opportunity to gain technical and transferable skills needed for a great start in their careers. It also ensures we have well-trained, competent staff to take the business forward.”

coaching activities, in 2010 after completing a work placement with the company on the Future Jobs Fund project.

Anthony Doyle, 27, used to represent Salford and Leigh before deciding to focus on his first love – coaching.

Anthony says: “I loved being able to get into schools and do what I was good at – interacting with staff and students – from day one, while also learning on the job.”

He was offered the Level 2 Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership with Premier Sport, which provides community, extended school and holiday

Anthony now manages the Warrington franchise of Premier Sport after being hand picked by senior management at Premier Sport. He is also

Apprentices make up more than half the workforce at Shiremoor adventure playground in North Tyneside, enabling the company to provide children with more one to one support. Manager Keeks McGarry says during the peak summer season, up to 300 children can use the facility on a single day: “Having a high ratio of staff to children is key to providing quality playwork service.” Keeks recruited four apprentices to join his team of three fulltime workers in August 2011. One of those is Natasha Killeen, 17, who is completing her Level 2 Apprenticeship in Playwork.

Sport – Anthony Doyle A former rugby league professional now owns his own business after completing an apprenticeship with Premier Sport.

Playwork Natasha Kileen

completing a Level 3 Apprenticeship in Management. Premier Sport’s national education and training development officer Andy Heal, says: “Apprenticeships are a cost effective way to recruit enthusiastic people, give them the qualifications and experience to make them outstanding coaches and, in turn, improve and develop our business.”

Natasha says: “I’d always wanted to work with children and an apprenticeship allowed me to gain paid experience in the field and recognised qualifications to kick start my career. It’s a really satisfying and challenging role.”

Fitness – Ian Perkins Ian Perkins, once a gang member at a very young age, knows only too well the tragedy of taking the wrong path in life and losing friends due to crime and unrest. Looking for a second chance in life, Ian enrolled into the

Lifetime Fitness Academy and completed his Level 2 Fitness Instructor Apprenticeship.

First club in Europe. I always aimed high from the very start and never gave up on that goal.”

Ian says: “In the space of just 20 months I have gone from “just an apprentice” to becoming the youngest ever Health and Fitness Manager of the largest Fitness

Fitness First Cluster Manager Simon Latham says: “We are extremely proud that from a difficult place in his life, Ian has demonstrated how much someone

can achieve with hard work and dedication.”

Take the lead in all areas of your business – make 2012 the year you take on an apprentice. To learn more about apprenticeships in the sport and active leisure sector, and how your business can benefit, please register your interest at ACTIVEINSIGHT SPRING 2012



Sport and active leisure sector workers looking to complete innovative training are invited to apply for the 2012 SkillsActive and Nancy Ovens bursary. The bursary, sponsored by SkillsActive, provides individuals with up to £2000 to improve their skills through an innovative training programme that is outside the scope of regular training. It is named after the late Nancy Ovens, a former board member of SkillsActive’s predecessor organisation SPRITO, who championed the development of work-based skills in the sector. Suki Kalirai, interim CEO of SkillsActive, says: “At SkillsActive we’re fully committed to improving the skills of individuals working in our sector and understand that some of the best learning opportunities take place outside the classroom – and sometimes – outside of the UK. “The Nancy Ovens bursary is a fantastic opportunity for people to access financial support for unconventional training that will help them in their current or future roles in the sector. I’m excited to see what this year’s applicants have planned.”

Stephanie and her Japanese cohorts Current Scottish National Kato Champion and British Kato Champion Stephanie Connell is passionate about her particular discipline of Karate. So much so that after watching World Kato champion Sensei Hasegawa compete she decided there and then if she were to progress in her sport (and help those she coaches improve) she needed to go to Japan and study with him.

Stephanie, centre



Thanks to a gift of £1,000 from the Nancy Ovens Bursary Stephanie was able to realise this dream and spent three weeks in the rural village of Kofu last summer studying with Hasegawa at his dojo. She explains: “I feel I’ve improved

more in the six months since coming back from Japan than I have done in the previous six years.The best thing is being able pass this on to the children I coach. I take 5-6 sessions per week and I still compete myself. It has been invaluable to learn the difference between the way my sport is taught here and the way it is in Japan, where it developed, is huge. “I might never get the chance to go back to Japan but I know the relationship made possible by Nancy Ovens Bursary part-funding my trip, will continue for many years to come. The daughter of the family I stayed with is hoping to come to Scotland to study and I am still in regular contact with Hasegawa and his students. I upload training videos to YouTube so they can critique it and I can carry on learning.”


Creating exciting learning opportunities in memory of Nancy Ovens.

For keen rower and PHD student Natalie Campbell, a £600 grant from Nancy Ovens helped forge a working relationship with the US rowing team. Natalie used her fund to pay for a two week trip to America last May to help with an online talent drive to find new members for US Rowing team’s adaptive rowing corps. But after the two weeks Natalie was asked to stay on for a further six weeks. She explains: “After the two weeks were over I was invited to stay for a six-week training course to bring suitable candidates up to speed, which was an incredible honour.Three of the athletes chosen made it to the World Championships – Tony Davies, a former Navy Seal, Jacqui Kapinowski, who was already

a long-distance wheelchair racer, and Trisha Downing, a competitive cyclist who was paralysed in an accident and wanted to carry on competing. “My work finding them and then helping with their training led me to being invited to go with US Rowing to the World Championships. I’m now going back to America in March to help the paralympic team train and will hopefully be working with Team US when they come to England in the summer for the 2012 Games.

Natalie, centre

“I can’t believe what an incredible opportunity this has turned out to be for me, and it’s all thanks to the Nancy Ovens Bursary. I don’t think I could have gone without it, as a PHD student I don’t have access to that kind of money!”

Jacqui Kapinowski and Trisha Downing

Applications for the fund are now being considered. The deadline for applications is Friday 11 May 2012. To apply or learn more information about the Bursary visit: ACTIVEINSIGHT SPRING 2012



Yorkshire and Humber has more than 500 newly qualified staff in swimming and football thanks to a range of successful partnerships created by SkillsActive, and part-funded by the Skills Enhancement Fund. As a timely boost to raising sports participation in the region ahead of London 2012, the Football League Trust (FLT) and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) grasped the opportunities presented by SkillsActive in June last year, to benefit from the Skills Enhancement Fund. SkillsActive is funded by Sport England to support national governing bodies of sport to deliver the workforce development commitments in their current plans, and the news represents one of the biggest regional success stories to kick start 2012. The £50m Skills Enhancement Fund, available until June 2012, aims to engage employers in Yorkshire and Humber in skills development and increase the region’s skills base. It is co-financed by the Skills Funding Agency through the European Social Fund and Yorkshire Forward and managed by Calderdale College. Steve Mitchell, Head of National Partnerships at SkillsActive says: “We are delighted that the funding has had such a terrific impact and developed new skills of so many individuals within the sports industry. We worked in partnership with Calderdale College to develop Coaching Tenders under the Framework Activity Route, which provides funding for qualifications that will have a direct and very significant impact in the sector.”



The FLT has now delivered almost 1,000 level one and two qualifications to approximately 500 staff in areas such as coaching, dance, disability awareness, and mental health awareness. Fifteen ASA staff have also gained their UKCC Level 1 Teaching Aquatics qualification and additional disability CPD modules, providing the participants with disability specific knowledge. Angus Martin, The Football Leisure Trust’s Regional Community Manager for Yorkshire and the North East explains: “There was, and still is, a gap for our staff and volunteers to pick up new and additional qualifications due to the growing variety of work that our 72 community schemes get involved with across health, education, sports participation, social inclusion and the environment. “The funding allowed us to offer an excellent range of CPD to our staff that wouldn’t otherwise have been possible. We would probably only have been able to deliver a tenth of the CPD on our own, so the funding has been a huge boost for us.” Vicky Norman, ASA Aquatic Officer for the North East says: “Disability specific knowledge is crucial in learn-to-swim programmes to help integrate disabled children into mainstream schemes. These teachers will now have some insight into the needs and requirements of disabled people within a learn to swim setting.” Clive Howarth, Head of Relationships at the Skills Funding Agency in Yorkshire and Humber, says: “This unique initiative, not available in any other English region, is designed to support skills training that isn’t usually funded, and to allow more individuals who wouldn’t normally get the chance to learn new skills and to achieve recognised qualifications. In the UK’s Olympic year the level of interest in sport has increased significantly and the Skills Funding Agency is delighted to have been able to help turn this interest into qualifications.”


Thousands of London schoolchildren were given the chance to participate in Olympic-themed sporting activities on March 22 thanks to 100 newly trained coaches, referees and officials. SkillsActive, which manages the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund, a programme that aims to increase the number of Londoners working and volunteering in the sports sector co-hosted the third annual Fitter Schools Games Legacy event with Fit for Sport, the UK’s leading healthy lifestyle activities provider. More than 1,500 children from eight London schools attended the event, enjoying a range of activities and learning about healthy lifestyles. The Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund hopes to create a grassroots sporting legacy from the 2012 Games. Project manager Katie Couchman says: “Thanks to the Mayor’s Sport’s Legacy Fund, more than 10,000 Londoners have gained new skills and are now supporting people in their local communities – like the children at this event – to get involved, and stay involved, in sport. I’m delighted we can support the Fitter Schools Games Legacy event in such a practical way, and help young people learn the value of a healthy, active lifestyle.” Fit for Sport CEO and Founder Dean Horridge says: “Fit for Sport is committed to engaging more young people in the 2012 Games, through participation.We hope this event demonstrates that, with a little effort and commitment, thousands of young people can be given the chance to participate in sport – developing a lasting legacy from the 2012 Games.” The event was delivered by Fit for Sport Healthy Activity Lifestyle Educators and 100 volunteers who received subsidised training through the Mayor’s Sport’s Legacy Fund in areas such as coaching, officiating and refereeing. Interested Londoners can apply online for up to 75% off the cost of nationally recognised qualifications in areas such as coaching and officiating, community sport, volunteering, leisure and health, in exchange for volunteering hours. To find out more about the Mayor’s Sports Legacy Fund and the range of discounted training on offer please visit

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ActiveInsight - Spring 2012  

The Official Magazine of SkillsActive

ActiveInsight - Spring 2012  

The Official Magazine of SkillsActive