Swimming Teachers and Lifeguards

Swim England are working to develop further FREE online CPD opportunities and sign posting to helpful resources, including some additional live webinars. Their hope is that this will allow you to keep your staff up-to-date, engage with your swimming lesson parents and provide an opportunity to support teacher development without needing to deliver face to face training.

The existing resources are available for you to access now:

Learn to Swim webinars
Teaching hub
Continuous Professional Development

Swim England have launched a new online CPD course, helping those in the sector to understand the importance of safeguarding. Click HERE for more information.

Primary School PE Leads/Teachers

VisionED have developed their fully accredited, National Qualification in Leadership & Management in Primary PE to completely online. The course is a distance learning programme with video support, conferencing and access to further support materials.

Available now to support teachers at this time and a great way to empower schools during home working/school closures. To find out more and how to access click HERE


If you are already a member of CIMSPA (The Chartered Institute of the Management of Sport & Physical Activity) you will be able to access their eLearning platform, which provides access to over 1300 short courses to aid with your personal and professional development.

To access the academy for the first time, you will need the access key which is learning1

When you are ready to get started visit https://cimspa.skillgate.com/ and click on the 'register' button.

Access additional support

For support and guidance throughout this unprecedented time, CIMSPA has also created a hub of information as a place where they can bring together advice and practical assistance, including generous offers of support from many of their partners and supporters. Please take a look frequently as this will be updated regularly.

UK Coaching Resources

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UK Coaching's learning and development platform ukcoaching.org remains fully operational and is being updated regularly with great content and guidance to service the many coaches who have been directly affected by this virus.

In place of some of their face-to-face workshops, they have now launched interactive virtual training that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home.

Online Classrooms available include:

Safeguarding & Protecting Children Workshops

UK Coaching's traditional face-to-face safeguarding and protecting children workshops are now being delivered online – this move has been supported by the Child Protection in Sport Unit and bookings can now be made through their website. The course is also still worth three CPD points as accredited by CIMSPA There's a full statement should you require any more information.

Curious Coaches' Club

Every Monday, UK Coaching are hosting a Curious Coaches' Club for coaches to take part in engaging and insightful online coaching discussions.

How does it work?

The Club has three parts to it:

  1. Coaches can watch and listen to 'A Conversation About…' between expert coaches live on a Monday or catch up with the previous episode on-demand via UKCoaching.org.
  2. Coaches who have listened to the Monday webinar or watched it 'on-demand' can then engage and take part in a more in-depth conversation about the topic on Wednesday or Thursday (the same week) via a smaller, informal community of practice hosted by one of our team.
  3. Coaches can also continue the conversation via ConnectedCoaches – a free online community for coaches of all sports and activities.

More information on the Curious Coaches' Club, including bookings and upcoming sessions, can be found on their website.

The Wright Foundation

The Wright Foundation offer training and workshops for those working in the physical activity sector.

Whilst they are unable to deliver their usual training sessions, they are working around the clock to adapt the way they support the sector by providing virtual learning opportunities. Find out more at www.wrightfoundation.com/

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

If you are a specialist instructor within the workforce delivering evidence-based Falls Prevention Exercise Programmes, including FaME and Otago, Later Life Training have put a number of reccommendations together that could support you to adapt your practice.

Later Life Training have also teamed up with the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Agile to create a resource for volunteers and staff working to discharge patients with mobility issues.

Club Matters Workshops

Club Matters workshops are short training sessions, funded by Sport England and will seek to develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club. All workshops last for 2 hours.

We are offering Club Matters workshops online during Covid-19. For further information, please visit the Club Matters website: https://www.sportenglandclubmatters.com/

Sport Structures Education in Isolation

Sport Structures launched their Education in Isolation offer at the beginning of April and have already had a steady stream of coaches and governing bodies book onto their upcoming virtual courses:

For more information and to book on, please refer to their website

FREE Mental Health Awareness Online Course

From 18th May, UK Coaching are making their Mental Health Awareness for Sport & Physical Activity e-learning course free until the end of August. On completing this course you will receive 3 CIMSPA CPD points.

This course will allow you to gain the confidence to be able to support people experiencing mental health problems, and help them to thrive inside and outside of your sessions, as well as supporting your own mental health.

For more information on the course and how to book on click here

Core Academy Online Training

The Core Academy are looking at providing training for fitness professionals to ensure the industry can support older adults and those at high risk during & after this pandemic.

Core Academy have filmed 4 videos outlining the chair based, older adult, tutoring & assessing qualifications. Following this there will be exercise referral and personal training videos to show you the learner portfolio and explain how The Core Academy will look moving forward.

To sign up please email info@thecoreacademyuk.com or simply text/call Michelle 07725582817 to discuss any further details. All qualifications are awarded by YMCA Awards, and can be found on CIMSPA.

The following qualifications are available online:

  • Level 2 Chair Based Qualification
  • Level 3 Older Adult Qualification with Otago
  • Level 3 Tutor Training (Teaching & Education)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Assessing

Discounts on courses are available, for more information please click here

Exercise Referral Specialist Qualification

The Core Academy has devised a Specialist Qualification Bundle to ensure instructors are equipped to offer the very best advice, prescribe exercises that are scientifically proven to be safe & effective for older adults, and support you in your growth as a specialist instructor & mentor you in your new role.

The Exercise Referral Specialist Qualification consists of:

Level 3 Exercise Referral Diploma (usually £750)

Learn the clinical features, relationship and accepted treatments of medical conditions relevant to exercise referral programmes and how to programme safe and effective exercise programmes for patients with specified exercise referral medical conditions.

Level 3 Independent Older Adult (usually £350)

Learn a set of specific evidence-based exercises to deliver to the independent older adult plus improve your understanding on the anatomy & physiology of the ageing process.

Level 2 Chair Based Instructor (usually £350)

Learn a set of specific evidence-based chair exercises to deliver to the older frailer adult or disabled adult.

Level 2 Circuits (£250)

Learn the skills required to plan and instruct group circuit training sessions for special populations live & online.

Warm Up Ideas Workshop (usually £69)

If you do not have an exercise to music background you can sometimes get stuck on making a warm-up fun & effective. Let Michelle show you how to take a few simple moves & add interest.

Otago Balance Workshop (usually £69

Taking you through researched and evidence-based exercises to build your confidence in class or 1.1 delivery.

Core Ball Workshop (usually £69)

Adapted core ball exercises for the exercise referral client on a 1.1 basis and group environment.

Stress Release Workshop (usually £69)

Giving you the skills to lead breathing and relaxation elements to your sessions. Simple, effective and guaranteed to receive amazing feedback from your clients.

Mentoring Package (worth £750)

Free weekly mentoring, business support including branding & website design

Business Basics & Beyond - What I Wish I Knew?

A step by step guide on a number of different topics to leave you confident to start up &/or expand your business. Over 6 weeks I walk you through every topic; STEP by STEP. You watch one tutorial, follow the steps & then complete. Next you put it into practice, see the shift, notice the growth, then move onto the next topic. Please note this is not just education, this is the steps to applying everything you learn. Your business will develop step by step, each topic adding more value to your business.

Website Design

If you are looking for a quality first website and not sure where to begin or your budget is limited The Core Academy guarantee to take the pain out of learning a new platform/skill. Your website will be ready and waiting for your wider audience to see by the end of the workshop.

They explain, you follow the steps & complete the task. On the programme they take you through a step by step guide on a number of different areas whereby you create your website portfolio. They guide you from choosing a template, brand colours, photos, videos and linking social media platforms.

Study Options

Intensive – Running Friday & Saturday throughout August 10-4pm.

Online – Receive your schemes of work and progress through in your own time.


Level 2 gym, ETM or equivalent plus a minimum of 6 months experience working in health & fitness. If you do not hold a level 2 qualification but would like to obtain & feel you have the right experience, please contact to discuss further. Having the right people skills goes above holding the entry qualification to access this package

The bundle price retails just under £2750; but they are offering the bundle at a considerably reduced rate - £1750 (payment plans available).

For further details or to arrange a chat please contact Michelle:

info@thecoreacademyuk.com or 07725582817.

CPSU Time To Listen Virtual Course

The CPSU have just announced they have made their Time to Listen course (aimed at Club Welfare Officers) available virtually and with a Suffolk trainer ready and waiting to deliver it we can offer this to clubs or anyone needing to complete this course.

For more information on what the course entails please refer to the information below and if you need to attend this training please contact info@activesuffolk.org

Future Learn

Future Learn are offering a range of free online courses that may support you, your staff and volunteers to feel more confident to deal with situations which may have arisen in response to the latest pandemic.

Courses being offered include the free Public Health England psychological first aid training.

Other courses include:

MIND Charity mental health champion toolkit

MIND Charity have developed a toolkit for organisations, clubs and groups in the sport and physical activity sector that want to support the mental health of their members, participants, staff and volunteers. It introduces the idea of mental health champions, and provides guidance on establishing a mental health champions scheme.

Click HERE to read the mental health champions toolkit for the sport and physical activity sector