Lammas Leisure Centre has gained industry prestige after its general manager was named as a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.
Paul Blakemore, (46) completed the two-stage process, which has taken just over 11 months to finish, and following an assessment earlier this month he has met the criteria to become only the 13th Chartered Member in the UK.
CIMSPA, which was previously known as ISRM (Institute of Sport And Recreation Management), is the professional development body for the UK’s sport, fitness and physical activity sector and was awarded chartered status by the Privy Council in 2011.
The chartered member award acknowledges professionalism and capability, signifying that you have demonstrated skill, knowledge and understanding in the sport and physical activity sector.
Blakemore, who has been an Everyone Active employee since (2014), considers CIMSPA to be a ‘leader in everything’ when it comes to sport and leisure and is naturally delighted to attain the award.
He said: “They are very much the gold standard when it comes to leisure professionals. I have been part of CIMPSA since 2000 and they are trying to create one voice for the industry and it has become a place to share best practise.
“They are very much the reason I am where I am today. This is a seal of approval and it brings a bit of prestige to Lammas and is proof that as an employee, team and centre, we work to a high standard.”
The first Everyone Active employee to achieve the award, Blakemore is now going to be pushing for more of his colleagues to join the institute and take on a new challenge with CIMSPA.
“It’s important,” he added. “I have championed it for a number of years now and I think our centres, not just across Ashfield but the UK, will only benefit.”
Tara Dillon, CIMPSA CEO, will visit Lammas Leisure Centre in the New Year to see first-hand the good work Blakemore and his team are doing.
Richard Chatwin, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “Paul has done an excellent job since taking up the general manager’s position at Lammas Leisure Centre and we’re delighted that hard work has been recognised by CIMSPA. As an institute they do a lot of great work in our industry and hopefully more of our colleagues will take up this pathway off the back of Paul’s success.”