Physical activity and school holiday club provider Bee Active has gained centre approval from a key awarding body allowing it to deliver a suite of Ofqual accredited qualifications.
The Stoke-on-Trent-based company has received approval from 1st4Sport – the awarding body for active learning and leisure – and can now deliver qualifications in sports, health and physical activity.
Bee Active has over 30 members of coaching staff who will benefit from the scheme and are already nearing the completion of a Level 2 qualification in multi-skills.
The accredited centre status means Bee Active will also be able to help a wider community of teachers and professionals looking to develop their skills and confidence to lead sports and physical activity programmes.
Bee Active CEO Ben Mills said: “The 1st4Sport centre approval is a significant milestone for Bee Active.
“While it may not generate significant sales growth, it will greatly strengthen our relationships with partner schools and play a pivotal role in the recruitment of new employees.”
He added: “At Bee Active, we prioritise the development and training of our team. This approval enables us to meet industry standards for the deployment of sports coaches, requiring a Governing Body Level 2 (or above) qualification in the respective activity.
“While we have been providing professional development and training opportunities for teachers and other adults working in schools, this approval empowers us to offer nationally-recognised and accredited qualifications, such as the Level 2 Certificate in Multi-skills.
“We will be offering three of the 76 qualifications on offer and aspire to add more in the future.”
The accreditation is the culmination of years of work by Education and Training Manager Rebecca Spencer.
Bee Active works with more than 65 schools and partner organisations in Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas each week.
Earlier this year, the company expanded into early years by acquiring a nursery, as reported in Daily Focus here.