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Disabled People Invited To Train As Fitness Instructors

Disabled People Invited To Train As Fitness Instructors AtPeterborough’s Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre 

InstructAbility, a multi award winning project joins forces with Peterborough Vivacityto offer disabled people a free opportunity to become qualified fitness instructors, with a course starting in June at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre.

InstructAbility,was created by Aspire, the spinal injury charity and YMCAfit, the fitness industry training provider, to enable unemployed, disabled people to train as gym instructors. The newly qualified instructors are then placed within gyms to engage more disabled people in fitness sessions.

Hilary Farmiloe, InstructAbilityNational Project Manager says:

“We are delighted to be delivering the first InstructAbility course in the region as part of the planned project expansion.We want to encourage disabled people to apply for the course to become instructorsas well as join in fitness activities taking place across different sites when instructors are on industry work placement.”

“We believe that positioning disabled people in the fitness industry workforce can encourage other disabled people to feel more welcome and at ease in the gym environment. They are well placed to understand some of the challenges disabled people face and promote the benefits of exercise for physical and mental well-being.”

Due to the current lack of role models disabled people don’t often consider a career in the fitness industry but since InstructAbility launched in 2011,over eighty people, with a wide range of impairments, including wheelchair users, have qualified as instructors.

The free programme, funded by Sport England is open to unemployed, disabled people who are over sixteen years old and have some gym user experience.

How to Apply:

You can apply online at www.aspire.org.uk. Call: 07917 822977 or Email: instructability@aspire.org.uk for further information.

 

 

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