CRB checks and when to use them

In November 2011 the Home Office issued guidance on CRB checks.  This is such an important issue I commissioned this guidance to be issued to the industry in partnership with the FIA.

The guidance was published by IMSPA and FIA in December 2011 and was up to date at the time of going to press.

Read the guidance here.



Managing Gym users with suspected health problems: Eating disorders

As Business Development Manager at IMSPA (Institute for the Management of Sports and Physical Activity), part of my role became advising Club Managers and Facility Operators on best practice according to guidance already published.  One of the most prevalent inquiries related to ‘How to manage people coming into their facilities with eating disorders?’, and me not really having any answers.  As a result and through consultation with colleagues in the industry I decided to form a stakeholder group to bring all their knowledge together so that we could issue some meaningful guidance to the industry.

The stakeholders consisted of the FIA (now UK Active), REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals), ABC (an eating disorder charity) and a number of key operators and legal experts.

This information was published by the FIA, IMSPA (Now CIMSPA) and REPS in April 2010 and is in the public domain and therefore not subject to copyright restrictions.

Read the guidance here.

Vetting and Barring scheme will you be ready?

The Vetting and Barring Scheme (VBS) is overseen by the Home Office, as the facilities managers representative on the steering group, I was witness to many of the complex changes to this scheme.  In this article I give an overview of the scheme and what it will mean to those operating sports facilities in the UK.  The article was published by the ISRM in its journal ‘Recreation’ in August 2009.

Read it here.

Vetting and Barring scheme cross border

Sharing of information is vital to protect the vulnerable members of society.  In this article I provide an explanation of how the vetting and barring scheme will be  implemented coherently across the home nations.  This article was published by the ISRM in their journal ‘Recreation’ in December 2009.

Read it here.

Tribute to Pete Whittall

In May 2010 I learned that my friend Pete Whittall had terminal cancer.  As a tribute to Pete and with his help I wrote this article. Pete had a colourful life including many years in the SAS.  Sadly 6 months after this article was written Pete passed away.  The article was published by the ISRM in its journal ‘Recreation’ in May 2010.

Read it here.

The morning following the tragic news of Peters death was the 2010 ISRM AGM. 1 minutes silence and a moving tribute were made in this short video by Sarah Juggins the editor of the ISRM Magazine Recreation:

Lifeguard aquittal highlights duty of care

On the 30th July 2002 Danny Phillips an off duty Lifeguard was asked if he would help out.  He agreed.  The rest is history, 30 minutes later 2 boys lay dead on the bottom of the pool.  With Danny’s assistance and that of the Barrister and for the benefit of the industry I wrote an article about the incident and subsequent legal case.  The article was published in the ISRM journal ‘Recreation’ in January 2007.

Read it here.