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 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


If would be interested in completing any of the training, please do get in touch with Emily Parish who can provide more information. You will be required to complete a Service Level Agreement, and expected as part of the agreement to complete a short survey on completion of the training so we can measure the impact of the investment.

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