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A new Healthy and Active Fund (HAF) – a partnership between the Welsh Government, Sport Wales and Public Health Wales – of £5m will encourage and share innovative ideas that support the people of Wales to build physical activity into their lives, improving their physical and mental well-being.

Grants from the HAF will be made available to projects that encourage collaboration between existing community assets, such as clubs, schools and workplaces. More details about the investment will be announced in the Autumn.

The Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, says, “I’ve been very clear that one of my primary priorities as Minister is to improve accessibility across all aspects of my portfolio. Nowhere is this more important than in sport, where making it as easy as possible for people from across Wales to enjoy the benefits of physical activity comes with enormous, cross cutting benefits.

“This new fund, alongside a refreshed vision for the future, will look to facilitate just that and I very much look forward to seeing it help deliver a healthier, more active Wales for us all.”

In other news

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This week, The Institute of Apprenticeships has officially approved the personal trainer apprenticeships for standard delivery.

The apprenticeship standard has been developed by the sector’s Professional Development Board; a group of employers, education bodies and experts, with operational support from CIMSPA .

The green light means that employers can now access up to £4,000 in funding for each PT apprentice, either directly or against their levy payments.

This apprenticeship is an important milestone in raising the status of personal trainers and will be a definite driving force in providing career gateways and strong foundations for future professional development.

What this means for CIMSPA education partners

There will be a funded and clear career pathway for aspiring PTs to follow, allowing the best workforce possible within the sector. The new funding allows more individuals to enter the workforce, attracting more talent and diversity to employers.

The 15-month training period also ensures that both new talent and existing employees can fully hone their skills.

Find out more about the apprenticeship  HERE   

Where next?  Check out our last technical article from Human Kinetics HERE