UFIT USA Launch and Global Launch of the Marseille Declaration
On the 16th of May 2016 two exciting launches took place at the American Heart Association in Washington DC – (1) the UFIT USA Launch and (2) the Global Launch of the Marseille Declaration. Both initiatives are the kick off to a social change movement aiming to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities and by that striving for more inclusion in society.
UFIT USA Launch
Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) is a global social change movement, led by the UNESCO Chair in the Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland. UFIT’s innovation aims to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities by connecting fitness clubs and centres; with local disability service providers and groups; and allied professionals guiding the process in a client-centred and bespoke manner while taking the fitness management and staff through an inclusive journey that builds their skills, knowledge and competency to facilitate the inclusion of all in their service offerings and operations. UFIT was launched in Marseille, France, on October 19th 2015 in association with IHRSA’s 15th Annual European Congress and at this launch it was agreed that the Marseille Declaration would follow as an instrument to drive support for inclusion in the Fitness Sector. UFIT has been very well received by leaders in the fitness sector and a USA Taskforce has been established with key representatives of the fitness sector. The USA Taskforce is committed to inclusivizing and increasing the UniversAbility© of the sector. The taskforce recognizes UFIT and the Marseille Declaration as instrumental mechanisms to fulfilling their commitment.
Members of the taskforce represent: