Whilst in my capacity as Business Development Manager at IMSPA in mid 2011 (now CIMSPA) I was receiving more and more enquiries from Gym operators asking if there was any Industry Guidance relating to the admission of children into their Gyms. I knew that ISRM (Institute of Sport and Recreation Management) had previously released information notes relating to this, but this was some time ago and much had changed in terms of appropriate qualifications and safety considerations such as CRB checks that I thought it was time to update this information.
With the support of IMSPA I set up a working group of experts. The group included representatives from the FIA (Fitness Industry Association now UK Active), REPS (Register of Exercise Professionals), Operators (SLM), Prof Paul Gatley (Leeds Met), SkillsActive and ShoKK a specialist in the provision of Children’s exercise equipment.
In Nov 2011 I chaired a lengthy conference call, and a follow up meeting at the FIA offices in London. This resulted in a tome of email correspondence, researching, checking and political negotiating. I am pleased to say that the Guidance was finally published by the FIA in early March 2012.
This is something I am very proud to have been involved with and would like to compliment Pete Wells from the FIA specifically for sticking with it and not being distracted from the task by the explosive political wranglings taking place at the time.
NB The guidance also covers exercise classes and sport specific training within a club environment.
You can view the guidance here