Frequently Asked Questions2019-05-17T11:21:26+01:00

Frequently Asked Questions

Asking questions is how we all learn – so don’t be afraid to ask. We have tried our best to answer some of the more common questions below but if you can’t find the answer then give us a call and we will be happy to help. To speak to either Robert Hughes; Recruitment Consultant, Holly Krumins; Senior Recruitment Consultant, or Bleu Stessia; Head of HR & Recruitment, please call 0208 742 4990 and select option 4 for HR and Recruitment. Our Payroll Manager; Diane Walsh can be reached on 020 823 4057.

Will you pay my travel expenses?2019-05-17T14:23:07+01:00

We cannot pay for you to travel to your first site of the day but we can pay for any journeys in between – so if you have to travel to a different school to do your lunchtime role; we can pay for that journey.

Will I receive holidays and holiday pay?2019-05-17T12:30:53+01:00

Full Time and Fixed Hours staff are entitled to 28 days holiday (including bank holidays) per year which is pro rata’d from your start date with the company. Holiday runs from January to December each year and is non transferable. Holiday allowance for Casual Staff differs from that of Full Time and Fixed Hours staff, as your holiday entitlement is accumulated in hours rather than days; you will accrue holiday based on the calculation of the hours you have worked per month.

Why should I go on a casual contract?2019-05-17T12:34:00+01:00

Casual contracts may appeal to you if you are wanting to work alongside studying at university, or have another part-time job and can’t commit to regular hours. The contract is designed to be flexible.

Where do you operate?2019-06-26T10:31:50+01:00

We operate across London, South England and the Midlands. To check our locations please check this link

When will I get paid?2019-05-17T10:33:50+01:00

If you are full-time member of staff you will get paid on the last working day of the month. If you are casual or fixed hours, then you will be paid on the 9th of every month worked.

What role should I apply for?2019-06-26T11:18:28+01:00

Certain roles within the business will require specific qualifications/certifications; for example, to work in a nursery setting in one of our School provisions you must hold a minimum of a L3 Childcare Qualification to be considered. This is an Ofsted requirement and the regulations are set out in the statutory framework for the early years foundation stage (EYFS). Also, some roles may be Camp only which would mean that you would be working seasonally during half term and school holidays only. This may work for you if you’re a teacher, TA or in the education sector where you look for extra work during this period.

For advice on picking the perfect role for you please click here where you will find the information you need.

What qualifications will I get?2019-05-17T10:48:22+01:00

The programme combines a whole range of qualifications, including Level 2 NVQ in Activity Leadership, Level 2 Award in Leading Health Related Activity Sessions and Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure.

What qualifications do I need to apply?2019-06-26T11:22:16+01:00

We look for a variety of different qualifications throughout the business, for Activity Leader roles we ask for a Level 2 qualification in any of the following: FA Football coaching, Cricket, Rugby, Gymnastics or any other sport. If you have any qualification in Child Care, Playwork or Teaching, these will qualify as well. Don’t be disheartened, if you do not have the qualifications we will consider your application if you have our values and or experience in a similar field. For a full list of what types of qualifications we can accept for each role please look at the “Qualifications” section on the Job Description on our Job Description Page

What is your ethos?2019-05-17T14:09:36+01:00

Every Fit For Sport team member delivers our company values throughout all of our activities. We will endeavour to make all our activities fun. We will always be enthusiastic. We will always respect that we are role models. We will uphold professionalism at all times. We will always respect and value your trust. We will at all times promote a healthy lifestyle!

What is the update service?2019-05-17T13:00:18+01:00

Our company policy requires every staff member to register their DBS to the update service. The Update Service is an online subscription service that lets you keep your enhanced DBS certificates up-to-date. It also allows employers to check your certificate online, with your consent. For more information please check the website

What is the catch?2019-05-17T11:03:27+01:00

There is no catch! The training doesn’t cost you anything and is part of your employment job role. However, you will be expected to approach the programme with a high level of motivation and commitment.

What is the Apprenticeship?2019-06-26T11:25:14+01:00

The Activity Leadership Apprenticeship programme is a great opportunity for people with the passion, enthusiasm and drive to work within the Sports and Physical Activity industry. Gaining hands on experience delivering a wide range of sports and activity sessions to a variety of age groups, the programme will equip you with the skills, knowledge and most importantly the confidence to plan, deliver and review a safe, progressive and fun session.

What is a police check?2019-05-17T12:38:37+01:00

A police check is an official document that is issued as a result of a background check by the police or government agency of a country; this will show any criminal records that the applicant may or may not have. All overseas police checks must be in line with that country’s justice system and requirements. If you need further information and guidance on how to access a Criminal Records check from overseas countries click this link

What is a casual contract?2019-05-17T12:34:40+01:00

On a casual contract, your hours of work will be on an “as and when required” basis. You have no fixed hours of work, and your hours will vary according to the needs of the company and your availability to work.

What if I don’t have qualifications?2019-06-26T11:22:50+01:00

If you have the attitude, passion, enthusiasm and drive to get children active, but no qualifications then you are still welcome to apply. We will assess you on a practical skills assessment and if successful we provide you with the relevant training.

What happens after I complete it?2019-06-26T11:26:54+01:00

On successful completion of your Apprenticeship, you will have the opportunity to apply for a full time position here at Fit For Sport. Alternatively, if you wished to further your education, the Apprenticeship is an excellent route into Universities across the UK, especially those which have a high focus on sports based degrees. If University isn’t for you, the Apprenticeship is a great foundation for venturing into a career in Childcare, Physical Activity and Sports Coaching.

What eligibility documents will I need to provide?2019-05-17T12:41:57+01:00

You will need at least one piece of photo identification and one other right to work document e.g. Birth Certificate, Marriage/Civil partnership certificate. You will also need to provide a proof of address, dated within the last 3 months and a national insurance number.

What does the training involve & do I get homework?2019-06-26T11:27:46+01:00

The Apprenticeship training is centred on your workplace, so the training is specific to your job role. Fit For Sport/Lifetime deliver a combination of group practical and theory-based workshops at the beginning of your Apprenticeship to give you the tools, knowledge and confidence to perform in your job role. Furthermore, you will be seen on a 1-to-1 basis every 6-8 weeks to assess your competency in your workplace and hold review sessions to ensure that you are on track. There is no formal homework, but there will be simple assignments that you may be asked to complete in reference to your job role.

What does it involve?2019-06-26T11:28:25+01:00

The programme combines a pathway of working and learning. This means that you will be based at your workplace as a regular employee, performing workplace duties relevant to your Role Profile. The learning element also takes place within your workplace, working through competence based portfolios and engaging in interactive workshops and practical training sessions.

What do you do?2019-06-26T10:30:55+01:00

Our dedicated and qualified team have been providing school, family and community programmes for over twenty-seven years; supporting and delivering in school, after-school and holiday camp activities across the UK and training hundreds of childrens’ activity professionals each year through our training academy. We are the UK’s experts in educating and engaging children and young people through physical activity. We believe that helping children to enjoy being active from an early age will set them on a journey to a healthy, active life.

What contract will I be on?2019-05-17T12:35:06+01:00

Depending on your role you will either be on casual, fixed hours or full-time contract, all of which are on a permanent basis.

What are extended schools?2019-06-26T10:33:28+01:00

Extended School services provide access to a variety of opportunities beyond the school day, offering parents access to high-quality Ofsted registered before and after-school provision all year round, delivered by Fit For Sport.

We offer a diverse range of themed activities daily including; Supersports, Teamtastic, Activity Challenges, Crafty Kids, Fun Factory, Outdoor Fun, Fit Factor and Healthy Zone, as well as time to do homework. A range of healthy snacks, drinks and light bites are included every day too.

Is the Apprenticeship different to a ‘real’ job?2019-05-17T11:42:06+01:00

As an Apprentice you are a formal employee of the organisation you are working for, with the same employment rights and expectations as every other member of staff.

I’ve lived in the UK for only 4 months, can I still apply?2019-05-17T12:59:02+01:00

Yes, as long as you have the right to work in the UK and can provide all relevant ID and paperwork documents. However, there will be additional checks, where a candidate has lived overseas for more than 6 months in the last 5 years we are required to attain where possible, an overseas police check or certificate of good conduct.

I’ve just moved house, what proof of address can I provide?2019-05-17T12:39:45+01:00

We can accept either a Tenancy Agreement, Property Contract or a Mortgage Statement. You can give us your old proof of address in the meantime until you receive documentation with your new address on it.

How much will I be paid?2019-05-17T12:32:35+01:00

We offer competitive rates of pay and have different salary scales for the different positions across the business. Your pay will be discussed if you are successful and we offer you a position. It is generally based on experience and qualifications; for managerial roles we take into account the size and responsibilities of the provision/site you work in.

How long does it take to complete the Apprenticeship?2019-05-17T12:22:36+01:00

Typically the programme lasts between 12 -18 months, but this depends on how motivated you are! We believe that 12 months is an adequate amount of time to complete all of the qualifications and develop strong competencies in and around your workplace.

How do I get a DBS?2019-05-10T15:28:34+01:00

If you do not have a DBS already, we can put one in process for you with Fit For Sport. If you are successful and offered a position with us, our team will create you a unique link which will be sent to your email address. You will have to complete an online application form in which you will need to have two right to work ID documents and a proof of address and address history. Once the application is verified from our end and comes back clear, you will be sent a certificate in the post.

Due to our Safer Recruitment policy, we request all employees to make a full contribution to the cost of their DBS check. Fit For Sport will initially pay for this DBS, and will claim the same amount back from your next salary payment.

How do I apply?2019-06-26T11:24:27+01:00

After looking through what jobs we have to offer, what they entail and where they are located, you will find an application process section on this site which will guide you step by step on how to apply. When you find the role you want to apply for, click the ‘Apply Now’ button which will take you to an online application form to fill out, along with guidance on what documents you will need to have ready. If your application is successful you will either get a call from us to book you into an assessment day, or you will find our number on the careers site to give us a call and get yourself booked in.

Do you provide services to secondary schools?2019-05-17T14:02:07+01:00

No. We operate in Primary Schools, delivering to children aged between 5 – 12 years old. However, we do run some of our Activity Camps in Secondary Schools.

Do I need a police check?2019-05-17T12:37:58+01:00

If you have lived or travelled overseas for more than 6 months in the last 5 years you will have to provide us with an overseas police check. Please note this is not the same as a DBS.

Do I need a DBS?2019-05-17T12:37:13+01:00

As you will be in contact with children on an unsupervised basis as part of your role, you will be required to get an Enhanced DBS which is registered to the Update Service. All Fit For Sport staff are required to have this, if you already possess an Enhanced DBS on the Update Service, you will not need to apply for a new one through Fit For Sport.

Do I have to go to College whilst doing the Apprenticeship?2019-05-17T11:49:29+01:00

No. Fit For Sport and Lifetime deliver all of your training at your workplace; so there is no need to attend any training workshops at a local college.

Can I work during camp only?2019-06-26T11:29:05+01:00

Absolutely! There will be certain roles which are for seasonal Holiday Camp staff only; in this case, you will be put onto a casual contract and will work during half terms and school holidays only.

Are your camps residential?2019-05-17T11:12:48+01:00

No. We run camps Monday to Friday from 08:30am – 17:30pm and this role would not require you to stay overnight.

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