Edge Hill is one of only 12 UK universities to be part of a pilot scheme with CIMPSA, the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
This initial two-year scheme will develop employability-focused endorsement and recognition pathways for relevant study programmes, and universities participating in the pilot will be recognised as official CIMSPA higher education partners.
The goal of the pilot scheme is to finalise a full endorsement and recognition process for UK sport and physical activity related degree programmes. Once this is in place, qualifying CIMSPA HE partners will be offered priority access to CIMSPA approved provider status and students’ future graduate employability prospects will be considerably enhanced having successfully completed a CIMSPA endorsed programme.
Andy Smith, Professor of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill said: “It’s fantastic to be among just 12 universities nationally as part of this pilot scheme, which will give our students a wide range of employability opportunities, including working to a set of professional standards to prepare them for the world of work and access to graduate employers. It will undoubtedly help us to build upon the significant gains we have seen in graduate employability in sport and physical activity recently and enable our students to remain very competitive in the job market.”
Sports Development, Management and Coaching programmes at Edge Hill will be the first to benefit from the CIMSPA partnership, and it is hoped that eventually all of the University’s Sport and Physical Activity courses will be CIMSPA-accredited.
The university sports service, Edge Hill Sport, has also recently signed up as an Employer Partner of CIMSPA.
Paul Greenwood, Head of Sports Services said: “It is very exciting that as an Employer Partner of CIMSPA Edge Hill is at the forefront of helping to shape the professional standards of the sport and physical activity sector. This will benefit both current and future staff employed in the Sports Centre by clearly outlining the skills and knowledge required for the different roles, offering access to accredited professional development and helping to develop their career pathways. We are also looking forward to working alongside our academic colleagues in facilitating Edge Hill students in developing their employability skills.”