Bridging the skills gap - helping the physical activity sector support the health sector

Wednesday 8th May 15:05 - 15:45

With an inactivity crisis and an aging population physical activity practitioners must be able to work with increasing numbers of people living with one or more long term health conditions.

It is essential for the sport and physical activity sector to engage with the health sector to examine how both sectors can work together to develop a workforce with the skills to address this societal issue. What knowledge, skills, educational pathways and behaviours need to be adapted to meet the needs of an inactive and ageing population and how can professionals seek the right qualifications – so that the physical activity sector is properly equipped to work with health sector colleagues, playing a critical role in supporting long term behavioural change in a society where people are living longer but not necessarily in good health.


Tara Dillon, Chief Executive at CIMSPA


Dr Steven Mann, Head of Healthy Communities at Places for People Leisure

Anthony Crozier, Health & Wellbeing research and development specialist at FutureFit

Dr Anna Lowe, Programme Manager at National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine