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

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Apprenticeship helps launch a promising sports coaching career for Adam

Adam Edwards recently completed 2 years’ training with GMLPF member, Progress Sports, and now has a promising career in sports coaching ahead of him. He combines working as PE teacher in a school with a job at Inspired Sports, passing on his knowledge and experience to pupils in a variety of schools.


Adam started training with Progress Sports in June 2013 on a 12-week pre-apprenticeship programme. Right away, Adam demonstrated the potential to be an excellent sports coach, also attending a weekly soccer school to develop his skills further.

After his pre-apprenticeship, Progress Sports arranged a trial period for Adam in Streatham School, Crosby. He impressed everyone so much with his professionalism and coaching ability that he was offered an Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching by the school. Employed by the school, he began working towards his level 2 qualification with training and support from Progress Sports. He achieved the qualification and completed his Apprenticeship within one year.

Adam then progressed onto an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Coaching and this summer he completed his level 3 qualification. Streatham School then offered him a job as a PE teacher at the school.


Apprentices help create prototype wheelchair for young sportspeople

An exciting new project which enables young wheelchair users in the North West to participate in sport is being launched by North West Training Council (NWTC)  and The Greenbank Project.

The project will see the manufacture of new prototype power-hockey wheelchairs for use by young sports people with disabilities. The wheelchair was jointly designed in 2011 by Sefton-based North West Training Council (NWTC), a specialist provider of engineering and construction apprenticeships, and The Greenbank Project.

NWTC apprentices employed at Jaguar Land Rover were involved in creating the prototype wheelchair which includes firing mechanisms, a variable speed control and unique flexible “V” at the front of the chair that allows players to dribble the hockey ball or football. A specialist compressed air mechanism shoots or passes the ball. The chairs are also designed to enable players to bump into each other to allow for safe tackling.

Paul Musa, Chief Executive of North West Training Council said

“We are delighted to be working with The Greenbank Project who provide invaluable support and opportunities to disabled people in Liverpool, and to help enhance lives for disabled young people in the North West.”

Greenbank first developed a specialist power-hockey chair in 2000 to enable children with muscular dystrophy & cerebral palsy to play hockey.

It has been a dream of Gerry Kinsella, chief executive of The Greenbank Project to have power-hockey recognised as a sport in its own right and to one day feature in the Paralympic Games.

With The Greenbank Project, NWTC aims to set up a social enterprise to manufacture low cost power chairs to make the sport accessible to as many young people with disabilities as possible.

The Greenbank team will develop the sport through an outreach programme in schools and community clubs. The project will also work to oversee the future of the sport and campaign for its national recognition.