Inclusivity - Disabled instructors delivering inclusive services - InstructAbility

Aspire’s InstructAbility programme, funded by Sport England, supports disabled people to become fitness professionals; increasing diversity in the sector workforce and customer base. Their session will include a 20 minute presentation with disabled instructors and industry employers, followed by 20 min demo of inclusive SOSA and Clubbercise.

We are all about inclusion – so let’s have a bit of audience participation for this session.

We all know exercise is a mood lifter and energiser so grab some maracas and glow sticks and have some fun with our disabled fitness instructors!

Sam James and Gareth Davies will lead the sassy and exciting SOSA dance fitness session, demonstrating how the activity can be accessible to all levels of ability. Who knew seated exercise could be such a balst! Sam James is an inclusive exercise to music specialist and is Programme Developer for Seated SOSA as well as a Clubbercise Master Trainer.


Michelle Felix and Jude Caunter will demonstrate how the Clubbercise glow-stick disco workouts, can not only be done, but also led, by wheelchair users and visually impaired instructors. Michelle delivers a range of fitness projects specialising in exercise to music for people with sight loss and other special populations in London. Jude is a Level 4 Cardiac Rehab Exercise Instructor based at The John Pounds Leisure Centre in Portsmouth.


Wednesday 10th May - 14.00 - 14.30

Hilary Farmiloe, National Project Manager at InstructAbility

Day 1: 14.00-14.30: The Stage

Hilary Farmiloe is Manager of the InstructAbility programme at Aspire. She joined the spinal injury charity in 2011, after working as a development manager for the government’s School Sport Partnership scheme.

Under her leadership InstructAbility has developed into a multi-award winning national programme. As well as working with project partners YMCAfit, Hilary has established links with other training providers and national governing bodies of sport such as Clubbercise, SOSA and England Athletics. She collaborates with EFDS’s Inclusive Fitness Initiative and has secured agreements with many of the major leisure management companies in England, to provide work placements and employment for disabled fitness instructors. Hilary is a Chartered Member of CIMSPA and works to influence inclusive policy and practices within the leisure sector and sits on several groups including the Disability Action Alliance and GLL Access & Inclusion Forum. She has been active in promoting inclusion at industry events by creating a platform for disabled people to demonstrate the unique skills they can bring to the sector workforce. Currently, Hilary is working with Birmingham University on a commissioned research project to provide industry guidelines on training and employing disabled people in the fitness sector.

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