Instructors & Coaches

Instructors and Coaches

It is important coaches and instructors are supported in their development to become the best they can be and deliver engaging sessions to their participants. The Workforce Strategy (2019-2024) is committed to supporting and developing Suffolk's infrastructure of coaches by:

  • Embedding professional standards across the workforce by increasing access to continuous professional development
  • Developing and increasing access to support and development offered to coaches
  • Working with expert partners to develop specialist training courses and support
  • Developing coaches through mentoring and leadership programmes
  • Broadening the diversity of the workforce to better reflect Suffolk's communities

In order to achieve some of the objectives outlined above, Active Suffolk are working in partnership with the Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA). CIMSPA is the single chartered professional body for the sport, fitness, leisure and physical activity sector. CIMSPA provides professional recognition of your status and qualifications and is developing career pathways for all in the sector – from student to CEO.

CIMSPA has been mandated by government and Sport England as the strategic lead on workforce development for the sector, to achieve the goals of the 2015 Sporting Future and 2016 Towards an Active Nation strategies. Active Suffolk is the first lead employer partner in the Country and also the first Active Partnership to work with CIMSPA in this way. As the regional lead for the East, we will endorse CIMSPA membership – offering a 20% discount when professionals sign up through Active Suffolk.

To find out more and how you can sign up to CIMSPA Membership click here

Active Suffolk is committed to offering a broad range of professional development courses and workshops for coaches and instructors. As such, we have developed a CPD guide for the entire workforce which includes a wide range of courses, seminars, and e-learning.

Courses include but are not limited to First Aid, Safeguarding and Child Protection, Behaviour Change, Time to Listen

Here you can find all upcoming courses, workshops and CPD for coaching professionals

Online First Aid Essentials

Wed, 06 Jan 2021 - Fri, 31 Dec 2021


First Aid Essentials, produced with West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, aims to give the confidence needed to react in an incident when someone urgently needs help. Although this isn't sport specific it should give you basic First Aid provision.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid

Mon, 22 Mar 2021 - Mon, 27 Dec 2021

Connect Mental Health are offering Mental Health First Aid Courses at a heavily discounted rate (due to extended funding) that are accredited through MHFA England. Courses are available both online and face to face (when restrictions allow) and range from £35pp for the MH Aware course to £85pp for the full MHFAider Adults course.

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