Building on our work delivered between 2019 to 2021 and our research underpinning the Building a Workforce for the Future strategy, in 2021/22 we will further seek to add value to the London sport and physical activity workforce.

Our aim is to build skills and confidence in the sport and physical activity workforce, so that they are better equipped to support Londoners to be physically active. We will also continue to broaden the sport and physical activity workforce, by reaching out to other workforce sectors like health.

 Our work in the coming year shall focus on the following audiences:

• Selected healthcare sector employees
• Teachers in state education sector
• Sport and physical activity workforce leaders
• Trusted workforce partners with sympathetic workforce aims.

As well as the above targeted activity, we believe workforce has a role to play in all our aspirations at London Sport

We will work to develop a greater understanding of workforce issues across the sector and we will also endeavour to help internal and external colleagues devote suitable resource and energy to embed workforce development in their activity.

Training support for Social Prescribers and Link Workers

Now Available for Online Delivery

Supporting those who work or volunteer inside the sports/leisure sector to better understand and support the less active Londoner.

London Sport, in conjunction with the University of Kent has created a training workshop for social prescribers and link workers so that they can advocate physical activity more effectively with their clients.

The course aims to increase the skills and confidence of those working in this aspect of healthcare.

From November 2020, the course is available for online delivery for any social prescriber or link worker programme in London.

For more information on course content and to arrange a workshops, contact David Reader or call 07572 094425. If you are an individual social prescriber you can book on our next open course here.

We have also produced a short webinar which is free to view, which deals with how to advocate physical activity while the covid-19 situation continues.

Sport and Physical Activity Network

London Sport understands the importance of the sport and physical activity workforce for getting Londoners back to being active following the covid-19 lockdown.

We’ve been busy trying to find ways to support the workforce more and how we can support their role in the delivery of sport and physical activity.

So, we’ve created a new Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Network which will support all those who manage, organise or rely on a workforce to deliver their sport and physical activity.

Previous Network Sessions

Jennie Arthur from Sport England headlined the recent Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Network, presenting new research and findings on how volunteering is changing in the sector.

Attendees from across London learnt how volunteer management as a consequence, will need to change in the future, with some of these changes gathering further momentum because of the Coronavirus pandemic.

The insights were gathered as a result of recent research Sport England had conducted over the last twelve months. The Network session explored how the findings could be interpreted and used by those working with volunteers in the London region.

Earlier in the session, London Sport’s David Reader discussed how those involved in the Network could be more involved with a skills-based approach to development.

Click here to view a recording of the session with the presentations available here.

The first London Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Network took place digitally on Wednesday 19 November and saw attendees explore some of the issues affecting the sector. 

Spencer Moore, CIMPSA Director of Strategy, explored recent findings from their 2020 Workforce Insight Report which, as well as providing a national overview, covered many London-specific issues such as: recruitment issues, skill shortages and potential opportunities for the future.

Watch the Network event here with the presentations available here.

Meet the Team

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David Reader is our Specialist Advisor for Workforce with extensive strategic and operational experience gained with not-for-profit organisations within the field of sport management.

David is a graduate of Birkbeck, University of London with an MSc in Sport Management and, prior to London Sport worked as Head of Development with Archery GB.