Ignite Sport

Working in partnership with Ignite Sport UK

1st4sport Qualifications provides Ignite Sport UK with a wide range of fit-for-purpose qualifications to meet all its needs.

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Ignite Sport UK is an innovative and creative sports development company, delivering a range of coaching and education programmes and apprenticeships.


Ignite Sport is a registered training provider and multifaceted business that offers qualifications in many different areas to fit a wide range of clients’ needs. Its work ranges from delivering coaching qualifications in school sixth forms to A levels in a community-based adult education setting, as well as offering apprenticeships. It is also always looking for suitable continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for its 45 full-time sports coaches, who deliver physical education in primary schools.

It needed an awarding organisation that could provide it with a fit-for-purpose qualification solution.

Why 1st4sport Qualifications works for Ignite Sport UK

1st4sport Qualifications was able to provide Ignite Sport with a comprehensive portfolio of qualifications that allow it to deliver bespoke services to clients, as well as providing its own employees with excellent professional development opportunities.

The areas it chose to offer qualifications in included:

Managing Director Justin Merritt says: ‘We have favoured 1st4sport Qualifications because of the quality of the supporting materials we get in support of the qualifications, including learner resources and portfolios. The templates supplied are really easy to follow and actually the systems and the administration aspects that come with delivering the qualifications are also quite simple and straightforward.

‘We’ve got a great rapport and relationship with all our external verifiers (EVs), who’ve been excellent. They actually embraced us trying to use real-life work experience, things that are happening within our business, and fitted them into the framework of the qualifications. This has been really valuable, not only for us as a company, but also for the learners on our courses. In particular, when we are delivering CPD to our employees, it’s had a really beneficial effect on them.’


In 2012–2013, Ignite Sport UK delivered 11 different programmes, involving a total of 591 learners whose completion rate was 96%. Among these learners were 28 of their full-time coaching staff who, as part of their CPD, were upskilled by completing the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (QCF). A further 16 staff are now undertaking the new 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF).

‘1st4sport Qualifications is able to provide a wide range of fit-for-purpose qualifications, which come with high quality resources and are supported by a very helpful EV team. We are very happy with the service provided.’

Justin Merritt, Managing Director, Ignite Sport UK

Qualifications Ignite Sport UK offers


Leadership in Sport

First Aid and Injury Management

Physical Education and School Sport

Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership (Leadership Pathway)

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development

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