UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced a partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), the professional development body for the UK’s sport and physical activity sector.
The joint aim of the two organisations will centre on the development of professional standards for occupations engaged in anti-doping work, using expert guidance provided by UKAD. The creation of a professional standard for the role of Anti-Doping Liaison Officer is the eventual ambition.
UKAD will add its world-renowned expertise to the development of dedicated professional standards for anti-doping specialists, with CIMSPA identifying opportunities and membership pathways for these sector professionals to have their excellence recognised by the sector’s single chartered professional body.
Under the agreed memorandum of understanding, CIMSPA will work to educate its partners and members on how anti-doping challenges exist at all levels of UK sport and physical activity – from the gym floor through to elite sport.
Speaking about the partnership, Tara Dillon, CIMSPA CEO, said, “I’m very pleased that CIMSPA is moving forwards in partnership with UKAD – we both have a big role to play in protecting a culture of clean sport throughout our sector.”
UKAD’s head of education, Amanda Hudson, said, “We are delighted to have agreed a formal partnership with CIMSPA, working with them and the rest of the sporting community to help drive the development of professional standards for core roles within the sport, fitness and leisure industry.
“This partnership enables us to consider the integration of anti-doping knowledge and competencies into relevant standards, ensuring that those supporting athletes or young people engaged in sport are able to offer the correct advice at critical moments in their careers. Through this integration, we will then be able to develop industry-recognised training and education programmes to best meet the needs of those working in the industry. We are grateful to CIMSPA for its support of our education efforts and commitment to help us all protect clean sport.”
UK Anti-Doping is responsible for ensuring sports bodies in the UK are compliant with the World Anti-Doping Code through implementation and management of the UK’s National Anti-Doping Policy.
UK Anti-Doping’s functions include an education and information programme, athlete testing across more than 40 Olympic, Paralympic and professional sports, intelligence management, and exclusive results management authority for the determination of anti-doping rule violations.
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