GMLPF launch region’s first provider Sports Forum

GMLPF launch region’s first sports provider forum in response to calls for a coordinated approach to training in the sports sector

Developing a Blueprint

The inaugural GMLPF Sports Forum meeting took place last month at Tranmere Rovers’ newly refurbished grounds.

Membership Development Manager at GMLPF, Jo Rymer said:

“The GMLPF Sports Forum has been established to share best practice and to give a collective voice to members regarding the future of training for the fitness and leisure industry in the region.”

Representatives from various training organisations including football academies gathered to begin developing a blueprint for how the forum can operate.


There are several types of end user that the providers want to create a dialogue with. They include potential professional sports people, young people in the NEET group, and anybody who wants to access post-16 education in the sports and leisure industry.

The forming of the group is not just good news for the industry but also anybody looking to take a related qualification, as well as employers wishing to recruit young people in the industry.  Hot topics that came up included how courses could be accredited with UCAS points and the Trailblazer Apprenticeship programme. The member organisations of the Sports Forum also expect that they will be able to refer applicants to each other as appropriate.

Watch This Space

One of the things that the sports providers are particularly passionate about is the wider impact they may be able to have on issues such as obesity and mental health amongst young people  So watch this space for further discussion around these topics.

Further meetings will take place on a quarterly basis.  Progress Sports, Tranmere Rovers academy, Fit UK, JM Education, TVC Wirral & Liverpool, SALT/LFC Academy and the Jamie Carragher Academy all attended the first meeting.

Updates and news on social media will carry the hashtag #GMLPFsports

For further information please contact [email protected]


Never Too Old To Learn

GMLPF member, YPOP in Speke has recently taken on an Adult Apprentice.  Anne Claire Delaney landed the job as a Business Administration Apprentice, aged 57.

Having been a stay at home Mum most of her adult life Anne waved her three children off one by one to university and careers.  Clearly the skills she learnt, ranging from people management to finances stood her in good stead when it came to her interview. Now Anne is getting her ability formally recognised by working towards qualifications that she never expected to get.

Anne is enrolled with tpm in Liverpool, she spends one day a week at their training centre on Lime Street and and four days in YPOP’s centre in Speke.  tpm’s assessors also visit Ann at work to ensure that she is on track to gain her qualification.

Anne says: ‘I wasn’t really sure how the modern apprenticeships work, let alone as a mature student. But once I found out what was involved, I’m now gaining the qualification I never had a chance to study for when I was younger. I love being in the office, mixing with my colleagues and helping young people start their own careers. I’d never say to anybody not to be a mum; but just to remember there are no barriers to learning new skills and getting your existing ones recognised with a qualification.  I’m actually looking forward to graduating at some point …. my children never expected that!’

GMLPF Plays Starring Role

GMLPF fund training for 15 young people aspiring to careers in the performing arts

15 young people have successfully auditioned at Jennifer Ellison’s fame academy, based at Jelli Studios on Edge Lane in Liverpool and will start on a BTEC Diploma in Performing Arts.  Alongside this the students will follow Key2Apprenticeships modules funded through GMLPF to boost their English and Maths skills.

Each aspiring performer had to show their acting and dance skills as part of a tough audition process.  The 32 week course is getting a boost from GMLPF after the academy successfully registered as a new provider and tendered for support.

The new pupils will now embark on a course of study including performance, dance and acting skills. The qualification can lead to a career in production or the arts.

Highly experienced

During the course of study, the teenagers will benefit from tuition delivered by highly experienced teachers including tutors who have held lead roles in successful West End musicals, television and even Hollywood blockbuster movies.  During the course of their 32 weeks with Jennifer they will also participate in masterclasses taught by visiting performers.

On the course, students will undertake a variety of activities including project work, written assignments and presentations and some public performances.

Dream come true

A recent recruit told us: ‘This is all I have ever wanted to do; the standard of everyone applying was very high so it was like a dream come true when I was awarded a place on the course’.

Jennifer Ellison added: ‘The enthusiasm and talent of these teenagers has impressed everybody at The Academy so far. We expect that many of them will go to pursue a successful career in show business.’


Do you know a #GMLPFHero?

It’s fantastic that GMLPF continues to attract new members. This has led to an increase in the number of good news stories for us to celebrate and promote.

Of course it is all down to your staff and learners that so many great things are achieved.  We recognise that within the day to day running of your busy organisations there are individual stories, quite often of extraordinary accomplishments.

We would like very much to share these stories among other members and across social media.  The aim is to continue to give your staff and students the recognition that is so rightly deserved.  If in the process we inspire one more person to achieve something remarkable that is even better.

Each month we are going to name and promote a #GMLPFHero. So please get in touch if somebody who works for you or one of your students has done something to earn this recognition.

Please email your nominations to our PR team [email protected] or drop us a message on Facebook or twitter.

Setting The Standard In Securing Futures

A GMLPF member has achieved the Matrix Standard.

Riverside Learning & Education Centre has been awarded the unique Matrix quality standard in recognition of the advice and support they offer students.  The award underlines how Riverside goes above and beyond in helping individuals with career choices, learning, work and life goals.

Paul Feaver, who heads the charity, commented: ‘Many people first approach Riverside when their future is uncertain, often they are suffering exclusion or are disadvantaged in some way.  These people, many teenagers or single parents, need wrap around care to get their foot on the career ladder. Winning Matrix recognition confirms that we are experts at meeting their needs.’

Since 1979 Riverside LEC has helped thousands of people take the first steps towards a meaningful career.  The organisation puts building confidence and self-worth on an equal footing with gaining qualifications, so that the future prospects of vulnerable students are boosted.

Paul added: ‘Gaining a qualification alone is often not enough to get a job.  Our students need to believe they have the ability to achieve and to advance themselves.  They develop personal skills alongside vocational ones, so that they are not only ready to work, but to make a real difference for the employer too. That means they and their family have a more secure future, and that is what we’re all about – providing a positive future where there previously might not have been one.’