Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT) is a global social change movement, led by the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Fitness, Sport, Recreation & PE and IHRSA. UFIT aims to increase fitness opportunities for people with disabilities by connecting fitness clubs and centers; with local disability service providers and groups; and allied professionals. UFIT contains a process-oriented program that guides club managers and club staff to transform organizational practice in order to enhance customer care, facilitate the inclusion of people with disabilities and achieve excellence. This capacity building process is supported by online learning units, comprehensive resources, training sessions and mentor support.
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 which was also featured at Opening ceremony at the World Fitness Expo in 2016 (http://unescoittralee.com/sign-the-declaration/ )
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. UFIT USA is now underway with 6 large IHRSA member Clubs participating in the Pilot. This has been made possible due to the support and resources from the UNESCO Chair and IHRSA leading Globally with the IHRSA Foundation leading in the USA and substantial financial and human resources from ACE plus resource support from our other key USA UFIT task force members including ACSM, NCHPAD, USREPS/ CREP, Special Olympics International and USA, NCPPA and the National Fitness Foundation.
UFIT is also present in Ireland, Spain and Perú, with their respective UFIT Taskforces.
The UFIT Canada Task Force will be launched during the upcoming World Fitness Expo in Toronto along with a presentation on UFIT by the Global UFIT Leaders: Catherine Carty, UNESCO Chair and Kilian Fisher, IHRSA on Saturday 19th August.