Working with Partners and Awards

Proud of our awards

matrix mark

The matrix mark was awarded to Freedom Leisure Training for our Internal Apprenticeships and Work Based learning scheme in February 2016.

This is reviewed annually, before a reassessment in 2019.

The matrix mark is the internationally quality standard for organisations that deliver information, advice and/or guidance (IAG). Either as their sole purpose or as part of their service offering.

It helps providers to improve their services by benchmarking against best practice and it offers accreditation to those that meet the full standard.

We work with some great Awarding Organisations

Active IQ

Active IQ, one of the UK’s leading Awarding Organisations for the Active Leisure, Learning and Wellbeing Sector.


Active IQ is an awarding organisation recognised and regulated by Ofqual within the Active Leisure sector designing qualifications that support clearly defined career pathways. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service, and strive to provide high quality resources for our qualifications enabling Training Providers to give a positive learning experience.


Central YMCA Qualifications (The YMCA Awards) was launched in 1998 and is the UK’s leading health, fitness and wellbeing specific awarding organisation, developing and awarding nationally recognised health, fitness and wellbeing qualifications.

First Aid Awards

First Aid Awards (FAA) is a relatively new awarding organisation, although its founders possess many years experience as the UK’s leading independent first aid training organisation.


RLSS was launched in 1891 as the Life Saving Society & then in the 1900’s with support from the Royal family who gave permission to add the use of the word Royal to their title they became the Royal Life Saving Society.


They are the UK’s leading provider of education in water safety & prevention of drowning, offering a wide range of nationally recognised health, fitness and wellbeing qualifications.


Pearson was launched in 1836 when they were granted the first powers to conduct exams and confer degrees on its students, which was granted by the royal charter. In 1996 the formation of Edexcel began. Pearson aims to bring all the leading names in education together to make learning as engaging and effective as it can possibly be.

We also work with funding partners......

Creative, Sport and Leisure

Creative Sport & Leisure specialises in Apprenticeships, Traineeships and work based learning, specifically within Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being. Functioning across England, CSL have developed a strategy to train and up-skill the next generation of Professional and Technical employees that will drive economic development within the Sector. 

Through working closely with key employers, partners and industry experts, CSL are focusing on working towards Creating Sector Leaders, by offering skills training and opportunities.

Dudley College


Established in 1862 as the ‘Dudley Institute’, Dudley College has a 165-year history of providing education and training that underpins the regional, national and global economy. Delivering high quality vocational education and training at an international level, the college operates over 4,000 course across a number of vocational areas, including Engineering, Construction, Renewable Energy, Business Commerce, Information Technology, Motor Vehicle,  Hair & Beauty, Art & Design and Sport, Travel & Tourism.

Babcock International Group

Babcock International Group work with Freedom Leisure, delivering apprenticeship training to our staff in the welsh areas and some in England.

Babcock International Group is a FTSE 100 company with an extensive track record of designing world class apprenticeship solutions. We support over 20,000 apprentices per annum across the UK through our award winning apprenticeships and technical training. Our high levels of customer satisfaction are testament to the success of our solutions for employers, rating the highest of the UK’s ten largest apprenticeship providers in the SFA’s FE Choices survey 2014/15. Our expertise in delivering employer led apprenticeships spans the full service sector with a market leading reputation in the Hospitality, Retail, Active Leisure, Automotive, Early Years, Engineering, Health & Social Care and Leadership & Management sectors.