Our aim

BUILD THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE WORKFORCE ACROSS GREATER MANCHESTER TO EMBED PHYSICAL ACTIVITY, MAKE EVERY CONTACT COUNT, AND DEVELOP A DIVERSE WORKFORCE FIT TO DELIVER THE AMBITIONS OF GREATER MANCHESTER MOVING.

What have we done?

Traditionally the workforce focus at GreaterSport has been on engaging with volunteers, coaches and clubs. Recently we have begun engaging the professional workforce, this includes a wider cohort than just sport development staff. We have engaged staff from over 150 different organisations across a range of sectors including the LGBT Foundation, GM Active, Sport England, Canal Trust, Universities, TfGM and NHS England.

This shift to supporting this area of the workforce is due to this audience having the ability to engage the inactive through their pre-existing work. We are working with the professional workforce and upskilling them to ensure physical activity and sport is on their agenda and they are aware of the benefits the hold in each of the five government outcomes.

During the last 12 months over 1,000 people have attended at least one of the 43 training opportunities that we’ve provided. The training has been run with the aim of building the knowledge and skills of the workforce in order to support a reduction in the number of Greater Manchester residents that are inactive. Training has included personal resilience, behaviour change and Asset Based Community Development training.

Testimonials

‘I have used the evidence and learning that building resilience has such a positive impact on health. Since the course I have shared [the learnings] both professionally and personally at every opportunity!’

Head of People & Transformation (Personal Resilience Training)

‘The training has developed my confidence working with the community [and] speaking to volunteer groups and small organisations that do physical activity together, and try to enhance that offering and attract new participants!’

Active Ageing Activator (Asset Based Community Development Training)

Further Details

More information on our workforce priority can be viewed here, or contact nick@greatersport.co.uk if you have any more specific questions or queries about this area of work.