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New national institute to be based at SportPark

6 May 2011

IMSPA logoThe sports industry is celebrating the launch of a new professional development body, which has chosen to base itself at SportPark at Loughborough University.

The Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (IMSPA) was officially launched on 3 May 2011.

The new Institute represents the first unified voice for sport and physical activity tasked with providing leadership, support and empowerment for professionals working in the sector.

Sean Holt, Chief Executive of IMSPA said:

“IMSPA will reach out to a wide range of people engaged in a variety of roles such as leisure centre managers, local development officers, coaches, health officers and governing body representatives.

“It is important to remember that what will define our members is not the role that they do but their ambition to develop their knowledge and skills to become celebrated leaders, deliverers and shapers of the sport and physical activity sector."

The new institute has been built on two successful historic mergers – firstly ILAM (Institute for Leisure and Amenity Management) with NASD (National Association for Sports Development), followed in early April by ISPAL (The Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure) and ISRM (Institute of Sport and Recreation Management), paving the way for IMSPA.

The Institute enjoyed a double celebration at the launch, as it also confirmed that the new body has been granted Chartership accreditation by The Royal Privy Council, a first for sport.

Tim Garfield, Deputy Director of Sport at Loughborough University said:

Not only is the new institute good news for sport, it is also another important milestone for SportPark at Loughborough University. One of the ambitions of the SportPark project was to build on Loughborough’s reputation of being at the heart of sport. Having for the first time ever, a consolidated professional institute with chartered status based there, further demonstrates the realising of this ambition.”

SportPark is a £15 million development that opened its doors in January 2010. It is home to many of the country's top sports governing bodies and national sports organisations.

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