Disabled people invited to train as Fitness Instructors at Portway Lifestyle Centre (Sandwell)

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InstructAbility, a multi award-winning project joins forces with the innovative Portway Lifestyle Centre to offer disabled people a FREE opportunity to become qualified fitness instructors, with a course starting in April.

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, National InstructAbility Project Manager says,

“We are really excited at the prospect of delivering the InstructAbility program at Portway, which will be the first course delivered outside the South East region.  The Centre is designed to link health and well-being more closely with physical activity and InstructAbility is designed to make fitness accessible to everyone, so this is a valuable partnership.

Including disabled people as part of the workforce can encourage other disabled people to use the facilities. It sends a message that the gym is a place where everyone can feel welcome and enjoy the benefits of exercise. We hope to have a qualified instructor on placement at Portway, working with the various services to engage more people in fitness sessions.”

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.  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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