Abbeycroft Leisure have successfully concluded a CIMSPA funded education project with one of the UK’s leading personal trainer course providers, Study Active.

The project was funded by the CIMSPA Retrain project, which aims to upskill existing employees to give the fitness industry a much-needed post-lockdown boost.

The scheme saw Abbeycroft Leisure employees Kelly Johnson and Alex Lee, achieve their Active IQ Level 3 Personal Training qualifications.

Study Active’s innovative digital learning resources allowed Kelly and Alex to study at their own pace around their working commitments, whilst they were constantly supported by a tutor whenever they required assistance. The course covered a range of topics including anatomy & physiology, nutritional advice and designing exercise programmes.

Once the theoretical elements were studied, the delegates were then able to put their knowledge into practice via the fantastic fitness facilities within their own centres. As part of this bespoke project, this included Study Active sending out a course tutor/assessor to go through some useful face-to face tuition ahead of the final practical assessments.

The end result is that both staff have now achieved their Level 3 Personal Trainer qualifications and can now contribute further to exercise participation strategies which positively impact on the wellbeing of the local community.

Daniel Ward, Centre Manager, Brandon Leisure & Health Hub 

“Staff are our strongest asset – so up-skilling them with the knowledge and tools to help our members and the wider community lead healthier, more active lives is so important. This course was perfect for us and we are very grateful to the team at Study Active.”

James Luscombe, Education Director, Study Active

“Study Active were delighted to work with Abbeycroft Leisure to deliver nationally recognised Personal Training qualifications to their high-potential aspiring exercise professionals. It was very rewarding to see the delegates obtain the skills and qualifications needed to progress in the fitness sector and make an impact with the local community”

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[Images: Alex Lee during training session]


Alex Lee with customer
Alex Lee with customer
Alex Lee with customer