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.
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