InstructAbility is a multi award winning bespoke programme designed to engage disabled people in the fitness industry as gym instructors and gym users.

InstructAbility was set up by Aspire, the spinal cord injury charity, and is funded by Sport England.

The scheme, delivered in partnership with YMCAfit, provides disabled people with free, accessible fitness industry training and qualifications followed by a voluntary industry work placement. By supporting disabled people to take up a fitness career, we can help to encourage other disabled people in the local community to access leisure facilities, participate in inclusive fitness activities and enjoy an active lifestyle.

More than 300 disabled people have qualified as instructors through the InstructAbility scheme, and we have helped to deliver over 60,000 inclusive fitness sessions. More than 50% of graduates go on to secure offers of employment.

Watch our video to learn more about InstructAbility:


Disability and Employment in the Leisure Industry

The Aspire family