The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) has signed a Memorandum of Trust and Understanding with the EuropeActive. This memorandum describes the criteria for a working relationship to exist between the European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS) and CIMSPA.
Under the agreement, European fitness professionals based in the UK will be able to use their EREPS accreditation to join the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory, which lists fitness professionals whose qualifications have been recognised by CIMSPA.
EREPS will, in turn, recognise and accept the registration onto EREPS of any applicant registered on the CIMSPA Exercise and Fitness Directory, giving UK exercise and fitness professionals the freedom to work across the continent’s fitness and physical activity marketplace.
Both Directories are committed to upholding and respecting the decisions made by each other in the practice and governance of their directories.
The EREPS and CIMSPA directories of exercise professionals will cooperate to foster and develop international understanding that will help to raise professional standards and the recognition of individual exercise professionals who are suitably and professionally qualified and registered.
Commenting on the memorandum, Tara Dillon CIMSPA CEO said: “This is an important new partnership for CIMSPA. Our explosive growth in the exercise world means that we’re already welcoming a wide range of fitness professionals from across Europe into membership.
“With an increasing number of UK fitness employers requiring CIMSPA membership from their frontline teams, this agreement ensures we can quickly recognise a wide range of non-UK qualifications, via the trusted reputation of EREPS.”
Julian Berriman, the EuropeActive Director of the Professional Standards Committee, said: “We are delighted to have signed the MoUT with CIMSPA and to benefit from the mutual recognition and support that this will provide. It is our central aim to professionalise the fitness sector across Europe, and the creation of this alliance is an important stepping stone in this process.”
CIMSPA will also act as a UK representative on pan-European fitness consultations convened by EREPS.
EuropeActive, formerly known as the European Health & Fitness Association (EHFA), with its origins in 1996 it continues today as operates as a non-profit organisation and the unique voice addressing key European institutions on behalf of the European health and fitness sector. Its mission is not just to turn back the tide of inactivity but to ensure that more people get more active more often as a result of an effective synergy between all the sector’s actors.
EuropeActive represents more than 25,000 fitness centres, 21 national associations, together with market-leading suppliers, education providers and individuals.
Nathalie Smeeman, Executive Director
Launched in 2011, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) is the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector. CIMSPA provides leadership and support for professionals working in sport and physical activity and a single unified voice for the sector. The organisation’s strategic priorities include providing direct opportunities for young leaders to grow and succeed, and leading the development and management of career pathways. CIMSPA was awarded chartered status by the Royal Privy Council, in January 2012.
For further information visit www.cimspa.co.uk