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Edge Hill in first group of UK universities to receive professional endorsement for sports management degrees

Three Edge Hill University sports degrees have received official endorsement from the sector’s professional standards body, which will help students get ahead in the jobs market.

The university’s BA (Hons) Sports Coaching and Development, BA (Hons) Sports Development and Management and BA (Hons) Sports Management and Coaching courses have been endorsed against the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity’s professional standards.

Endorsed degree programmes are certified as meeting employer-set professional standards and are used as an employability benchmark to show the student completing the programme is qualified for the job role and has the employability skills which are essential to gain entry to the workforce.

Professor Andy Smith, from the Department of Sport and Physical Activity at Edge Hill University, who leads the University’s partnership with CIMSPA, said: “We are delighted that our sports development, management and coaching programmes have received professional endorsement from CIMSPA, particularly as this makes us one of the first group of universities in the UK to receive degree endorsements in this field.

“Having listened to what our students want from their degrees, this recognition is testimony to the commitment which the department, and university more broadly, has to ensuring students are provided with high-quality, research-informed and relevant academic programmes which are underpinned by essential employability skills and competencies that help prepare them for graduate employment.
“We are especially grateful to CIMSPA, as the single chartered institute for the sport and physical activity sector, for working with us to ensure our students are provided with real-world experiences which enable them to get ahead in the job market.

“Our students will now be able to take advantage of the many benefits of CIMSPA membership such as opportunities to engage in continuous professional development in sport, physical activity and beyond.

“Above all, graduating from a CIMPSA-endorsed programme should give students confidence that this endorsement acts as a quality mark which indicates to employers that they are work ready.”

Helen Hiley, Education Officer (Higher Education) at CIMSPA, added: “When CIMSPA endorses university courses it proves that we’re committed to making real change.

“We want to create a respected and regulated sector and that has to begin at the start of the workforce’s professional development.

“As many begin their journey at university, understanding their degree is endorsed against employer-led professional standards becomes increasingly attractive.”

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