Quality Support in Safe Hands

14 Dec 2012

RoSPA partners with Right Directions to improve quality and safety of physical activity

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has partnered with health and safety and quality management specialist Right Directions in a bid to improve the quality and safety of sport and physical activity across the UK. 
The agreement will see the two organisations working together to produce improved accident and incident information within the leisure sector for benchmarking and research purposes, as well as collaborating on policy, industry initiatives, training programmes and campaigns. Some leisure clients will also benefit from the expertise of RoSPA and Right Directions on individual projects.  
Caroline Constantine, managing director of Right Directions, said: "RoSPA has excellent knowledge and data around the safety of swimming pools, and through Right Directions' clients and the Quest assessments that we carry out on behalf of Sport England, we have access to around 800 public and private leisure facilities. By working together we can collate meaningful data on when, where and how accidents are most likely to take place. Any patterns can then be used to promote best practice, support new legislation and ultimately improve how we work as a sector." 
David Rushton, Head of Education and Leisure at RoSPA, said: "RoSPA believes that accessible sport and physical activity is important for quality of life for people of all ages and should be as safe as necessary, not as safe as possible. Quality and well managed safety arrangements, which do not detract from the participant's experience of an activity, go hand in hand. 
"RoSPA's knowledge of safety, coupled with Right Directions' extensive experience on quality, makes this new partnership an excellent fit that will be of great benefit to sport and leisure clients and will inform national leisure safety policy. We aim to produce the most comprehensive leisure safety and quality knowledge base in the country." 
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) is a registered charity with a mission to 'save lives and reduce injuries'. RoSPA has been at the forefront of health and safety for nearly a century. 
Website: www.rospa.com/leisuresafety

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