Active Skills

Active Skills Project

Active Suffolk have been successful in securing over £170,000 of funding which will help to upskill employees working within the sport and physical activity sector.

£73,528 of the funding has come from the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund, whilst over £100,000 of partnership funding has come from the Suffolk County Council and The Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport & Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

The funding comes at an ideal time as the sector continues to recover from the damaging impact of the pandemic. Latest data tells us that nationally 48% of the sectors workforce left the industry during the pandemic and in Suffolk alone this has been reported to be as high as 60% for some leisure operators.

The funding will allow Active Suffolk to deliver on a 18-month (from June 22 - September 23) 'Active Skills' project, which will deliver 310 qualifications, addressing skills gaps within the sector and upskilling employees in the prevention and management of long-term health conditions.

The table below lists the courses that were available to the workforce and the costs associated with that course:


Cost to Individual

Level 3 Exercise Referral


Level 4 Cancer Rehab


Level 4 Cardiac Rehab


Level 4 Pulmonary Rehab


Level 4 Obesity & Diabetes


Level 4 Exercise for LT Neurological Conditions


Level 4 Chronic Lower Back Pain


Level 4 Exercise for Arthritis


OTAGO Exercise Programme Leader


Level 2 Understanding Health Improvement


Level 2 Working with Communities to Promote Active Healthy Lifestyles


Level 2 Encouraging Physical Activity


Level 2 Understanding Behaviour Change


Level 3 Facilitating Behaviour Change


Level 2 Mental Health Awareness


Level 4 Diploma in PA & Wellbeing for adults with Mental Health conditions


Mental Health Awareness for Sport & PA


COVID Recovery & Rehab


The project is coming to an end and all funding has now been spent. For further information on the impact of the project or future training requirements please get in touch with Susannah Challis

As part of the project Active Suffolk have been consistently Monitoring & Evaluating the project via survey's and case study information from both course recipients and those participants who have attended courses from the trained participants. This has resulted in a 6 month impact report as well as an impact report on conclusion of the project. More information can be found above.