The AoC Sport policy team engage partners and decision makers on the issues that impact on our members’ ability to offer their students a diverse sport and physical activity offer and deliver a high quality study programme.

Our reports and research seek to bring national attention to the important role of the physical activity sector in dealing with a number of societal issues, from inactivity and health to youth violence and employability.

We advocate the wide-ranging role of colleges from engaging inactive young people from underrepresented groups, through to providing high quality support and opportunities for talented athletes. Colleges also play a major role in developing the sport and physical activity workforce of the future.

Our partnership with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) enables us to advise our members on the skill requirements of the sport and fitness industry enabling them to develop appropriate study programmes. We also use this partnership to advocate the use of colleges as apprenticeship training providers for many of the large employers in CIMSPA’s membership. 

Regional Networks

We provide regional network opportunities for Heads of Sport to receive national updates, share best practice and discuss current issues. Details can be found on the regional page of the website.

Sport Curriculum Conference

Our annual Sport in the Curriculum Conference provides further opportunity for college staff to discover resources, best practice and partners to further enhance their offer.


Staff at AoC Sport member colleges can sign up to a number of free webinars in the Autumn term to support teaching & learning, college reopening and partnership opportunities. These will be most relevant for managers and curriculum staff. 

College sport curriculum re-opening forum

Date: Wednesday 16 September

Time: 16:00

How to effectively implement hybrid learning in sport using Microsoft Teams

Date: Wednesday 23 September

Time: 16:00

Carl Brown, Sports Lecturer and Learning Innovator, City of Wolverhampton College

The webinar will demonstrate how to use EdTech tools effectively to not only track the progress of learning, but to also engage students while teaching sports classes online.

  • Using Microsoft Teams effectively to engage students online.
  • How to implement EdTech tools effectively to engage students online.
  • How to effectively check student progress when teaching online.


Engaging National Governing Bodies in the Sport Curriculum

Date: Wednesday 30 September

Time: 15:00

This webinar will provide the opportunity to hear from three NGBs that have put together blended offers in support of the sport and fitness curriculum.

  • Go Row Indoor Colleges – Indoor rowing engagement in the new normal
    Chris Farrell, Project Manager for Indoor Rowing and Tim Messent, Education and Training Manager, British Rowing
  • Courses for Colleges
    Sue Wilkie, Head of Instructor Development, EMD UK – the National Governing Body for Group Exercise
  • Tag Leaders
    Adam Hughes, Development Lead for Education, The Rugby Football League


AoC Sport National Update: Curriculum & Policy

Date: Wednesday 7 October

Time: 15:30

AoC Sport Policy Team

Due to ongoing social distancing measures, we will be delivering our Autumn term National Policy Update via Zoom.

The meeting will include national guideline and organisational updates, as well as details of the opportunities to engage in AoC Sport and partnership projects across the Autumn term.


Utilising Google Classroom to support and enhance remote learning in Sport

Date: Thursday 15 October

Time: 16:00

Wayne Hall, EdTech Demo Project Manager and Computing Tutor, Darlington College

 Details to follow


Details of upcoming Association of Colleges events and webinars can also be found on the AoC Services website

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