SkillsActive and the Nancy Ovens Trust expect applicants to create and tailor their training to develop new and improved skills for use in their current role.
Previous successful applicants have used the bursary to take their careers to a new level by working with highly experienced individuals in their field, such as elite coaches, or by gaining experience in a new industry setting.
All training should be undertaken outside of an individual’s day to day role.
Applications for the Nancy Ovens bursary 2012 are now closed.
Find out more about some of our previous bursars:
Nancy Ovens MBE was a board member of SkillsActive’s predecessor organisation SPRITO and an enthusiastic supporter of education, training and skills development in the sector. Nancy championed work-based skills development in sport and leisure and helped make major improvements to services.
Nancy’s family, friends and colleagues established the Nancy Ovens Trust after she passed away to celebrate her work with young people.
Visit the Nancy Ovens Trust website to learn more about the trust.
For more information about the bursary please email
Our latest projects and consultations can be viewed below
The staging of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London in 2012 offers a unique opportunity to the sector and we are engaged in a number of projects relating to the Games.
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Everyone responsible for a paid or volunteer workforce will benefit from developing a plan, that gets the most from their people. And, combines the needs and priorities of the business with the personal development of staff and volunteers.
A workforce development plan is a great tool in assisting an organisation to focus it's priorities and identify funding and solutions for the development, education and training of their workforce.
SkillsActive has developed tools and resources for playwork and sport and recreation, that will allow organisations to understand more about what this means to them and how they can complete a plan.
The first interactive CD toolkit to help playwork employers develop their employees in the Playwork sector, download the order form.
The CD Toolkit will:
The CD-Rom provides:
This CD-Rom toolkit is for members only. Membership of SkillsActive is available to organisations from just £25.
The practical, interactive workshop 'Making the most of your people...workforce development planning', run in association with runningsports, also provides the CD-Rom guide as a FREE resource to every candidate.
The workshop covers:
To book your place contact Margaret Nolan at:
To discuss workforce development and any further assistance that may be available for your organisation locally or nationally contact us.
Unlike a standard CV, the qualifications and experience have been validated, ensuring candidates possess the right skills, training, and experience.
Over 20,000 people in the UK currently have an activepassport™, and more than 40 UK sport and leisure CEOs representing 70% of the workforce have now signed a skills protocol, committing they will work towards their employees holding and maintaining an activepassport™ as standard.
For more information download our brochure for businesses and organisations.
For more information download our brochure for individuals.
For more information download our brouchure for Training Providers.
It offers you the opportunity to advertise current job vacancies online on our website, which is accessed by over five thousand people a week.
The packages we have available are a cost effective way to reach these key people, who may be the right fit for your organisation.
To get your advertisement online complete and submit the vacancy application form to our recruitment team.
Our consultants have a lot of experience of working with local authorities, small businesses and organisations in the voluntary sector supporting the development of workforce strategies.
Marie has over 13 years experience in Learning & Development and a proven track record of establishing learning & development functions in organisations. This is achieved by providing leadership programmes, installing learning centres, creating ‘soft skill’ programmes with training needs analysis, including designing and delivering training courses.
Her aim is to partner with organisations and companies to unlock the potential of the people. To develop individuals and teams, Marie introduces effective people development solutions.
Before founding ‘Truly Inspired’, Marie worked as the Learning & Development Manager for the Rugby Football Union. She has held similar roles in the private sector for HBOS and Prudential and also worked in various sectors including Local Govt., Retail and for training providers.
As a Trainer Marie has designed and delivered many ‘soft skill’ programmes including:
As a ‘People Development’ Consultant she has :
I have worked in the Health and Leisure Sector for over 15 years and have extensive experience in the development of education and training for health club operators and independent training providers.
I am a qualified tutor, assessor and internal verifier and have practiced in all areas over the past 15 years both for large chain operators and training providers.
I was the head of education and training for David Lloyd Leisure in both the UK and Europe and at the same time became a consultant for Skills Active on their SAFE committee and worked closely with TEG in the development of Level 2 and Level 3 units.
I have worked with various awarding bodies and training providers in the development of courses and units and continue this work on a regular basis. I am also a member of the Skills Active Endorsement panel.
I have recently written and had accredited a Level 4 Qualification in physical activity for adults with obesity, diabetes Mellitus, and/or metabolic syndrome. This is the first accredited Level 4 qualification in this area in the UK and is being utilised by CYQ.
I was the only private sector representative in the IRAS debate and trial on behalf of DLL working closely with Skills Active and the QCA.
I continue to evaluate and quality assure CPD courses and qualifications on a regular basis, develop and write units of education with Skills Active and awarding bodies and training providers. I am also an independent consultant working with a variety of training providers to support them with the development of their courses at levels 1-4.
Further details regarding specific areas of work and courses/units developed can be provided on request.