Making gyms accessible for all

Post date: 
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Campaigning news
Retail and Leisure

We've got some great news as part of our Access to Gyms campaign, soon all personal trainers and fitness staff will have to learn about supporting people with sight loss to get fit as part of their roles.

This is the result of a meeting held on 21 February between our East Midlands Regional Campaigns Officer, Claire Lawrence, a group of volunteers, a personal trainer and UKActive, the organisation responsible for fitness in the UK, as well as CIMSPA, the organisation responsible for training staff in the fitness industry. During the meeting, Claire and her volunteers, including Dan who's the creator of the Visual Awareness in Fitness course, demonstrated the benefits of the course to UKActive and CIMSPA. As a result, they've decided to accredit the Visual Awareness in Fitness course.
This is a fantastic achievement in the campaign to make getting fit accessible to blind and partially sighted people. The campaign is being led by Claire Lawrence, who's a trained gym instructor as well as being one of our Regional Campaigns Officers. Working with organisations and gyms throughout the UK, she hopes to improve staff awareness of visual impairment, highlight the importance of accessible equipment, and also help visually impaired people overcome their fears about joining a gym.