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.
Sport and Physical Activity Workforce 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.
Next Workforce Network Session:
Previous Workforce Network Sessions
Jenny Buckham-Hedges from UK Coaching headlined June’s Sport and Physical Activity Workforce Network, presenting new research and findings on the coaches and coaching during the pandemic.
The findings from the UK Coaching 2021 Great Coaching Comeback Survey were explored by attendees, with the top three challenges identified by coaches as being:
- Ensuring adequate safety
- Motivating people to return
- Restarting events
Jenny and the audience discussed some of the responses needed by the sector to ensure coaches continue to play a vital role in keeping people active, as we return back to normality.
In addition to the main session, Specialist Advisor, David Reader highlighted some workforce opportunities for the region and shared some research around professional workforce recognition.
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.
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.
Primary School Co-ordinators on Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing
London Sport has created a new pilot online workshop to help primary teachers who are co-ordinators for health education in the curriculum. The workshop will help co-ordinators support their fellow teachers teach the new curriculum.
The free, 90-minute online workshop takes place on Wednesday 6 October.
Training support for Social Prescribers and Link Workers
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.
Our supplementary workshop is designed for those who have attended our one-day training session (above) or those working in social prescribing or referral programmes, who would like to top-up their knowledge about the latest physical activity offers around London.
In this practical workshop, we update attendees on the latest physical activity opportunities and share good practice.
Next Session: Thursday 30 September (2pm - 3.30pm)
Workforce Planning Support
We believe a motivated and competent workforce is crucial for helping Londoners be active and since 2019 we have been supporting partners to facilitate the creation of sport and physical activity workforce plan for their organisation or area.
If you would like to embark on a sport and physical activity workforce plan for your organisation or location, please get in touch.
We can offer the following free support:
- Resources to help your understanding of the latest workforce issues.
- A planning template to guide you through a process to help you decide your workforce priorities.
- Practical one-to-one support to guide you through the process.
- Signposting to any available funding opportunities
Please get in touch if you would like to access any of the above, or discuss any workforce planning issues you’re facing.
Meet the Team
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.