April 2014


Dear member,

Welcome to the latest edition of the Compass newsletter. We’ll bring you the latest updates from the sports and activity industry, from best practices to new legislations that you need to be aware of.

In this issue:

  • Obesity – the new norm?
  • Meet our new Board
  • Seven is the new five - what’s the latest advice?
  • Find out what our members have been up to
  • Dates for your diary – Compass events

As ever, we would love to hear from you on the things that matter to you. You can follow our Twitter accounts - @COMPASS_UK or @COMPASS_CEO.

The Compass Team.

Obesity – the new norm?

It’s scary to think that being overweight is increasingly seen as the norm. Well that’s what England’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies says in her annual report.

Worryingly, the report suggests that many people; including parents of overweight children do not recognise that they have a problem.

Despite the Government’s attempts to make the nation’s food and drinks healthier, Dame Sally’s concern lies with adults and children in general ‘consuming too much sugar’.

Read the full report here

Compass News

New Chair and Board members

Congratulations to Dean Horridge, CEO of Fit For Sport, and newly elected Chair of the Compass Board. We’re looking forward to sharing Dean’s vision for Compass with you over the coming months. Read Dean’s Bio.

We are delighted to announce three new members who have joined our established Board. We welcome Andy Mulligan, CEO Sports of Plus Scheme; Peter Ackred, CEO of Disability Sport Coach, and Greg Sayer, COO of Planet Sport.

Take a look at our new Board

Political News

All-Party Commission for Physical Activity

Back in January, we put forward a written submission with evidence and examples from our members to give further strength to our campaign for better school sports provision.

On 8th April, the All-Party Commission on Physical Activity released their recommendations in their first report since being set up last October. Read the Commission’s recommendations and Compass’s response.

Government extends Annual Investment Allowance

The doubling of the AIA to £500,000 and extension to 2015, as well as the lowering of corporation tax will come as a relief to many small and medium businesses in the UK looking to extend their growth aspirations. CEO Martin Gallagher commented: “The increase of the AIA and the extension to 2015 is most welcome and good news for many of our members who are SMEs in the health, sport and leisure activity industry...

Read more

Become a member

Applying for membership is easy; simply complete the application form here.

If successful, you will receive your membership agreement and welcome pack with interaction for competing your online assessment.

Member benefits

Compass will support all Members by providing each company with:

  • General Benefits
  • Accredited Risk Management Systems
  • Specialist Insurance Services
  • Legal and Business Advice

Visit our website for a full breakdown member benefits.

What does it cost?

At Compass we realise the importance of making our support services available to everyone working within the child sports and activity industry. With this in mind we have based the cost of membership on your turnover and circumstance.

For full pricing please visit our website.

Keep up to date with Compass

Keeping up to date with the latest news has never been easier. As well as our website you can follow us on Twitter via our main feed, and also through our CEO's.

Don't forget that you can drop us a line.

Industry News and qualifications

  • afPE announce June 14 2013 for the afPE Yorkshire and Humberside Conference. This conference is a great opportunity to make the most of the latest announcement of the extended Primary PE and Sports Premium funding.
  • The afPE wishes to commission author/s for the Safe Practice in Physical Education and Sport, 2016 edition. Read more here.
  • Developed in partnership with Active IQ, 1st4Sport Qualifications with the support of afPE, the Compass Physical Education and School Sport Suite is a set of qualifications that introduce learners to a number of roles in providing physical education and school sport.

Health News

Is seven the new five?

When we were growing up, we were told that eating sandwich crusts would make your hair curly and eating carrots would give you better eyesight. For years the advice from the WHO was to make sure that our daily diets consisted of at least five portions of fruit and veg a day. However, a recent study has shown that we should actually eat seven or more portions a day – adding that it could cut the risk of dying from cancer and heart disease. This advice has divided the Government and health experts alike, with some stating that with our hectic lifestyles, the majority of families would struggle to achieve this.

What do you think? Should the focus be on reaching the seven-a-day target, or should a balanced diet with more exercise be the way forward? Join in the conversation on @COMPASS_UK.

Breaking the Ice

As far as major sporting events go, the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in Sochi had become synonymous with controversy before the Games had even started. This however, didn’t affect Team GB one iota and their fantastic medal haul silenced the critics, and raised the question about continued investment needed for winter sports.

Read more

Member News

Our members never tire of championing school sports and physical activity, here's a roundup of recent activity from some of them:

Edgbaston Stadium was the venue for an exciting mock liability trial hosted by one of the UK’s leading insurance broker Perkins Slade. The ‘Kettle Dale trial’, which welcomed over 90 delegates saw a fictitious claimant pursue the defendant for damages for an injury whilst helping out at his local cricket club. The realistic trial enabled Perkins Slade to demonstrate the uncertainties of litigation. Richard Doubleday, MD of Sport & Recreation at Perkins Slade said, “The event emphasised the importance of having robust systems and procedures as well as comprehensive documentation and witness evidence to support your club or organisation.”

Get on yer bike! Congratulations to Progressive Sports who have raised over £1500 for Sports Relief with a charity bike ride. MD of Progressive Sports, Eddie Ray said: “The cycle challenge was a huge success, and we were overwhelmed by the support that we received from schools throughout our journey. We have also exceeded our target to raise over a £1000, which is great news.” The bike ride, which took place on Friday 21st March, saw 12 members of staff visit 52 local schools across Staffordshire, Walsall and Wolverhampton and covered 127 miles. Well done guys!

Back in March, corporate partner Cardinus Risk Management held a number of clinics especially for Compass members to look at minimising risk. Justin Merritt from Ignite Sports attended and commented: “The workshop was informative and interactive. The self-assessment online tool is very useful for evaluation and reflection using a RAG rating system for risks. The workshop was a great help as it highlighted systems & procedures of good practice we currently demonstrate but also identified some important procedural gaps for our business.” Keep an eye on our events section for future workshop dates.

If you’re not currently a Compass member, don’t miss out. Take a look at the benefits you could take advantage of.


Latest events

  • Participation People workshop, London – 24th April
    An evening of networking and workshop looking at ‘Partnership working with Local Authorities’
  • Sports Plus Scheme Charity Match, Villa Park – 15th May
  • Kids Play Sport Conference, Stirling / Nottingham / Reading – 4th, 11th & 18th June
    Top-level conference sets out to address issues surrounding the delivery of sport & activity to the 5 - 16 year age groups. Martin Gallagher will be sitting on the panel at these events and ALL Compass members have been offered a preferential delegate rate of £96 incl. VAT (discounted from £144 incl. VAT). To take advantage of this offer, please contact [email protected] for the promotional code.

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