Suffolk’s Workforce Vision

As outlined in Suffolk’s Workforce Strategy: Developing a Workforce Fit for the Future (2019-2024), Suffolk’s vision for the future physical activity workforce in Suffolk is to:

“Develop a highly-skilled, motivated and diverse workforce equipped to meet the physical activity needs of Suffolk communities”

Suffolk Workforce


A highly skilled, motivated and diverse workforce equipped to meet the physical activity needs of Suffolk communities.

Suffolk Workforce - Aims


To raise skill levels and competencies across the professional health, sport and physical activity workforce.

Suffolk Workforce - Objectives


To embed professional standards across the workforce by increasing access to continuous professional development.

Workshops & Seminars

There are a variety of workshops and seminars available which will aid ongoing professional development of the sector.

There are a number of core face to face workshops available to the workforce delivered by either UK Coaching or Active Suffolk tutors (all of which are CIMSPA accredited courses, earning you invaluable CPD points).

Workshops & Seminars


Active Suffolk can also offer a number of more specialised workshops and Seminars which are available on request and subject to demand (at a higher cost per head):

Learn at Home

Professional development isn’t just about attending training courses; there are a wide number of alternative CPD opportunities available to the Workforce including E-learning modules, webinars, tutorials, attending conferences etc.

UK Coaching and CIMSPA offer a wide range of eLearning modules, suitable for the entire workforce. Completing CIMSPA Academy eLearning will qualify members for CIMSPA-recognised developmental CPD points – up to half of the annual requirement for most members.

UK Coaching offer a number of eLearning modules that can assist with ongoing professional development:


Safeguarding Adults (90 mins)

This online course will give you the knowledge and confidence to safeguard adults at your sessions, including those identified as ‘at risk’. You’ll learn how to create a safe environment in which all adults can enjoy sport and physical activity. This is the first course to be endorsed by CIMSPA against their Safeguarding Adults and Adults at Risk Technical Specialism, and has been awarded 3 Developmental CPD points.


There are a large number of other Open University Health, Sport & Psychology courses (a number of them are free) available please refer to their website: Click Here

CIMSPA Academy

The CIMSPA Academy provides members with access to over 300 hours of FREE eLearning Developmental CPD courses designed to aid with personal professional development.

Suffolk Workforce Academy



Short courses with readable content, exercises and content quizzes.

Tutorial Programmes

Short exercise / scenario driven courses to help you apply learning to the workplace.

Certificate Programmes

Longer courses comprising of eBriefings, tutorials and assignments.

CPD Points

Every tutorial and eBreifing successfully completed is worth 0.25 CIMSPA Developmental CPD points. Each month, CPD points gained via the CIMSPA Academy will be uploaded to the CIMSPA MyPage. Certificate Programmes are made up of a varying number of eBriefings and tutorials each worth 0.25 CIMSPA Developmental CPD points.

For example if a certificate programme was made up of 6 eBriefings and 6 tutorials, this would award 3 CIMSPA Developmental CPD points in total.

Course Library

CIMSPA offer over 1,300 courses in their library, that fall under the following categories: Business Management, Coaching Skills, Conflict Management, Meetings, Personal Development, Finance, IT Skills, Maths, Management Sales & Services and Written English.

Below is an example of some of the courses and the number of certification programmes, tutorials and eBriefings available under these categories. Please refer to the full guide for further course information.

Business Management
Coaching Skills
Conflict Management

Club Development

There is a wide range of FREE support available for clubs predominantly via Club Matters.

Club Matters is Sport England’s one stop shop for clubs, groups and organisations involved in the delivery of physical activity and sport. Club Matters provides free, convenient, practical resources to help organisations to develop, grow and become more sustainable and successful.

Club Matters support is split into four topic areas:

Suffolk Workforce - Club Development
Club Finances


Finances are often a challenge for clubs, groups and delivery organisations. However, building a sustainable finance system can be hugely beneficial and provide the foundations for success. Click here for practical advice on how to manage your finances effectively.

Club Management - Suffolk Workforce


From making sure you have a development plan to ensuring you have appropriate facilities; good management underpins successful and vibrant organisations. Click here for a wide range of advice, from governance to forging effective partnerships.

Club People - Suffolk Workforce


From members to volunteers and coaches/instructors who deliver activities, your people are what makes your organisation stand out from the rest. Click here to find out how to develop and keep your existing members and volunteers how you can attract more.

Club Marketing - Suffolk Workforce


Want to attract new people to and keep them coming back? Knowing what your offer is effectively communicating it is the key to successful marketing and promotion. Click here to find out more.

Club Matters Workshops

Club Matters offer a number of FREE workshops, funded by Sport England and delivered across the country by Club Matters facilitators in a range of specific topics. The sessions will develop your skills, improve your knowledge and ultimately help you develop your club.

They are for groups of at least 4 clubs and build upon the content of the online resources, but also include case studies, topical issues, exercises and a discussion section.

Workshops typically last approximately 2 hours and like all Club Matters support, workshops are open to anyone involved with a community sports club. The topics covered will mostly be relevant to those who have responsibility for, or involvement in running their club, either now or in the future.

Current topics include:

  •  Club Structure
  • Marketing Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Club Participant Experience
  • Club Volunteer Experience

Fore more information on Club Matters and their workshops click here. If you are interested in arranging a workshop contact


Active Suffolk work with various organisations to offer professional development opportunities for school staff across Suffolk.

On our website we have collated just some of the providers that are out there to support you and your school to ensure high quality delivery of PE, School Sport & Physical Activity, these include:

Suffolk Workforce - Schools

Health Sector CPD

It is just as important for those working in the Health sector as it is for those in the Physical Activity sector to understand the benefits of and have the confidence to prescribe physical activity to patients during consultations.

In a recent survey, 67% of health care workers felt they did not have the confidence to advise or prescribe Physical Activity to their patients & 85% of health care workers had received no training in physical activity.

Here we look to address these gaps with a number of training opportunities outlined below:

Health Courses

Physical Activity Training for Health Sector Workers

Active Suffolk are offering physical activity training sessions for anyone working in or wanting to be involved in a health sector setting including GP receptionists, nurses, doctors as well as anybody who is a key contact in the community who wants to become a Physical Activity champion.

The key objectives of this course are:

  • Understand the importance, impact, guidelines and types of physical activity
  • Increase confidence in talking and prescribing physical activity in your role
  • Improve your knowledge of local physical activity opportunities, services and resources
  • To provide an overview of our  Active Wellbeing service

To find out more or to register your interest in this training please contact

Physical activity in the treatment of long term conditions

Physical activity in the treatment of long term conditions

After completing this course of modules, you should:

  • Know how physical activity compares with other modifiable behaviours, such as smoking and diet, as a risk factor for mortality
  • Know the Chief Medical Officer guidelines for physical activity in the UK
  • Understand the mechanisms behind how physical activity can both prevent and treat a range of major diseases

View more on this course and others below: