February 2014


Our monthly message

2013 seems like a distant memory, and we're looking ahead to what 2014 has in store for us. We still can’t believe how fast the first few weeks of this year have flown by!

Firstly, we would like to thank all our members who contributed to the All Party Commission on Physical Activity in January. We hope that our collective voice can be heard, and more importantly acted upon by the Government; encouraging the need for more physical activity at primary school level, as well as across all age groups in the UK.

Last year's news in the Chancellor's Autumn Statement that the Government would be continuing to fund primary school sports gave us the reassurance we needed, and further strengthened our position in the school sports and physical activity industry. With this in mind, it's clear to us that we have the perfect opportunity to inspire those key influencers.

And following our first Members' newsletter back in November 2013, we're pleased to welcome five new members to the Compass Association family! Ignite Sport joins us as Founding Partners, whilst SW Athletics Academy, Participation People, Rugger Eds Development Ltd. and United Learning have all come on board as General Members. If you're not currently a Compass member, don't miss out. Take a look at the benefits you could take advantage of.

Here at Compass HQ, we decided to have a little Twitter refresh, so take a look at @COMPASS_CEO and @COMPASS_UK and make sure you follow us.

As ever, we love to get feedback, so let us know what you think of our newsletter. Just drop us a line at [email protected].

The Compass Team.

In the News

Last week the updated DfE ‘Behaviour and Discipline in Schools’ policy was released, and highlighted a point that bad behaviour should be met with extra physical activity, namely running. This policy was closely followed by news that Prime Minister David Cameron had pledged an additional £150m per annum until 2020 for primary school sport in England.

Read Compass's press releases on our response to the DfE policy and the additional funding. Following our statements, we have seen interest from Sky Sports Radio, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme and the Evening Standard.

Designed to Move

It might not be breaking news, but physical activity in the UK has fallen in recent years and our lack of moving appears to be the main culprit - lift vs the stairs anyone? The All-Party Commission on Physical Activity group have been established to address physical inactivity in the UK, and make direct, policy-based recommendations to tackle this growing crisis.

With evidence and examples from our members, Compass submitted our document to the Commission to give further strength to our campaign for better school sports provision. The Commission will release their findings and recommendations in Spring 2014.

Read the Compass submission here...

Compass to question Parents and Teachers

We'll be working with an independent research company to produce a survey that will provide evidence that demonstrates the need for external sports providers in schools, and the quality of the provision currently provided.

Targeting teachers, parents and also children, we hope to establish the volume of schools using external providers, the quality experienced by the schools, what parents and children want from their PE lessons, and who they are taught by. All these findings will be published once the survey is complete. Look out for more updates coming soon.

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.

Member News

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

  • Fit 4 Sport and Everyone Active have been awarded an ‘Inspired by 2012’ mark for their joint Legacy Games project which helps engage youngsters and aims to get 500,000 under 16s engaged and active;
  • Premier Sport has launched their #morethansport campaign which demonstrates that sport and physical activity goes beyond the football pitch or running track. If you have a great CR story, get let them know - [email protected]
  • Let Me Play has unveiled a new special educational needs programme, making it more inclusive for children who have needs or disabilities that affect their ability to learn. These programmes run across sports, fitness, creative and performing arts;
  • Boots2Brazil is a new campaign launched by Challenger Sports with the aim of sending thousands of unwanted football boots to help under-privileged children in Brazil and raising funds to support vulnerable children in the UK. The campaign is backed by Alan Shearer and is part of a wider fundraising campaign to support NSPCC’s vital work in the UK. For more information on how to get involved, or how to donate boots visit

Upcoming Compass Events:

24th Feb - Cardinus Clinics, London

An invitation only series on ‘clinics’ for members who have completed the Risk Assessment Audit online and need help improving their score. We'll be holding more clinic over the next few months. Check our website for details on an event near you.

27th Feb - Mock Civil Trial, Edgbaston, Birmingham: 09:30 - 16:00

Corporate Partner, Perkins Slade has invited all Compass members to a Mock Public Liability Trial. The mock trial will highlight the importance of documents and witness evidence in practice, and provide members with a detailed understanding of the importance of the procedures you have in place, and your insurance cover.

If you're interested in joining, please contact [email protected] for more information.

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