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New standard to replace Inclusive Fitness Initiative

Disabled fitness instructor supporting her client to use the rowing machine in the gym

Sport England has launched a new assessment to replace the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) and support sport, fitness and leisure operators in providing more inclusive and accessible physical activity opportunities for all.

Co-written with Activity Alliance, Tackling Inequalities will help facilities assess how they plan, communicate and serve the local community to help them become more physically active.

It focuses on five key inequality groups including people from lower socio-economic groups, people with long-term health conditions, culturally diverse communities, disabled people and socially excluded groups.

Sarah Maxwell, head of external accreditations at Right Directions, which manages the scheme on behalf of Sport England, said: “IFI was focused on disability and long term health conditions.

“Through the Tackling Inequalities module we have widened the categories to include more of the local population. This means it’s more holistic and a lot more fit for purpose, as it can be used to assess whether a facility is set up to serve a wide ranging and diverse community.”

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