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YMCAfit - Training Courses to Promote Exercise and Disability

Author: EFDS - English Federation of Disability Sport : Contact:

Published: 2014-06-12

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YMCAfit qualification and Instructability course designed to support disabled people to become gym instructors at REPs level 2 and 3.

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It is estimated that around 20% of the UK population have an impairment or medical condition, and yet disabled people are seriously under-represented within the leisure industry - both as gym users and most certainly within the workforce. To address this imbalance YMCAfit deliver two training courses - Exercise and Disability - a REP's level 3 qualification and Instructability - a course designed to support disabled people to become gym instructors at REP's level 2 and 3.

Exercise and Disability

This course has been developed as part of the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), which aims to make fitness facilities more accessible to disabled people, both in terms of the physical environment and the skills and attitudes of their staff.

The course will provide you with confidence and expertise in writing and delivering safe, effective and fun exercise programs for a range of people with the disabilities including Down's syndrome, Asperger's syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, limbless/amputation, visual impairment and hearing impairment.

Training courses for 2014/15 are as follows:








This course is designed for disabled people who can use their own experience of overcoming barriers to exercise and improving physical function and/or mental health, to inspire and support other disabled people to participate in fitness activity.

The course is free to disabled unemployed people over the age of 16 years who are willing to commit to all training and a 12 week voluntary placement to engage other disabled people in fitness.

Upcoming courses are as follows:

East Midlands - Rushcliffe Arena, Nottingham

South East - Surrey Sports Park, Surrey

London - Aspire, Harrow


Contact Hilary Farmiloe on 07917 822977 or email

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