HFE, the vocational training provider, is focusing on making exercise inclusive for everyone, it has announced.
It detailed that recent industry reports have highlighted that fitness professionals are not being equipped to work with disabled people and leisure operators themselves aren’t doing enough to both adapt existing facilities and create more exercise opportunities for those with disabilities.
There have been vocal calls for the situation to improve and HFE says that is what it has been doing from the outset of 2019.
As a provider of personal training courses and fitness qualifications, and after several months of development and consultation, it launched a Level 3 Exercise for Disabled Clients course.
Recognised by YMCA Awards, the industry’s original awarding body, HFE claims there is “vast potential for instructors to use this qualification to positively impact countless numbers of people.”
HFE says it is proud to be one of the few providers in the country who regularly deliver the course.
It has now turned its attention to supporting organisations up and down the country in serving a demographic that is currently greatly underrepresented.
For example, reports have suggested that 1 in 5 people in the UK has a disability, equating to nearly 11 million people. However, only 18% of disabled adults undertake physical activity lasting longer than 30 minutes a week, compared to 38% of non-disabled adults.
To date, HFE have supported numerous organisations including Active Nottingham, Circadian Trust, Glasgow Sport and the Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham.
Philip Peek, sports development officer at Glasgow Sport, said: “The opportunity to team up with HFE to take part in their new Level 3 course was very welcome.”
Adding: “Glasgow Sport has an extensive Disability Sports programme, and always looking for additional work we can undertake to ensure we’re delivering the best programmes possible for our customers.”
Active Nottingham echoed the sentiment: “Working with HFE means, we’re able to equip our staff with a more comprehensive knowledge base to better support people accessing our service. We aim to empower citizens living with a disability or long-term condition to feel confident when accessing our service and form sustainable physical activity habits.”