Ever thought about being a Gym Instructor? Aspire now partnered with GLL and LCiL!

Ever thought about being a Gym Instructor

Ever thought about being a Gym Instructor?

FREE Training & Qualifications

Level 1 Community Activator | Level 2 Gym Instructor | Level 3 Exercise & Disability
Three Month GLL Work Placementwith community outreach to get more disabled people physically active


  • Disabled & Unemployed
  • 16yrs + (no maximum age) with gym user experience
  • Can commit to all training dates and 3 month voluntary placement
  • Able to use own lived experience of disability & exercise to motivate and inspire others
  • Able to work at Level 2 (GCSE) theory standard
  • Willingness to undertake outreach activities in local community


Training at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre: 170 E India Dock Rd, Poplar, London E14 0ED

Selection & Enrolment:

Wednesday 14th June 2017 9.00am – 5.00pm
Full attendance required for all Training Dates (approx. 10.30am – 4.30pm) July: 03, 06, 07, 10, 13, 14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 31. August: 04. September: 01, 07, 08, 25, 28, 29. October: 02. November: 10


Placements are available at various GLL centres. Placements will be decided after enrolment and will commence towards the end of training.

Register interest online now www.instructability.org.uk
Opens for application in May 2017

New Courses are now available. Register your expression of interest via the link below and instructability will send you the link for online application when it goes live on May 1st. Register Here   link to courses here: 2017 Courses


Aspire announces GLL and LCiL as first partners to lead InstructAbility

 GLL, the UK’s largest leisure charitable social enterprise which has pioneered new ways of delivering and investing in community sport, leisure and cultural services, is the first leisure operator to lead the InstructAbility scheme at a local level.

GLL staff and InstructAbility graduates at 2016 InstructAbility Awards
GLL staff and InstructAbility graduates at 2016 InstructAbility Awards

The project, delivered in partnership with YMCA Training and funded by Sport England, enables disabled people to become fitness professionals. The London-based course will start in June at Poplar Baths Leisure Centre, with qualified gym instructors taking up placements across various GLL leisure facilities to support inclusive community engagement.

Rojimon Cherian a VI instructor and Metro Athletics Open runner
Rojimon Cherian, vision impaired instructor employed at Parkside Pools and a regular Metro Athletics Open participant

Katie Ellis, National Community Engagement Manager at GLL says, “This seems like a natural development for GLL which has offered placements to InstructAbility students since the scheme’s inception in 2011. The partnership with Aspire and the opportunity to lead the InstructAbility Programme, links with GLL’s commitment to equality and diversity, and supports the aims of our new National Inclusion and Access Forum.”

Katie Ellis GLL
Katie Ellis GLL

Following hot on the heels of GLL, is the Leicester Centre for Integrated Living, with its InstructAbility Programme due to run at the Peepul Enterprise Centre, supported by ‘Choice International’.

Daniel Ball,   Sports Broker Coordinator for LCiL, said, “We are really looking forward to starting the programme in July and urge disabled people to apply for a chance to be selected for this free scheme.

Dan Ball
Dan Ball

This is a great opportunity for disabled people to gain professional training and qualifications, whilst also supporting others in the local community to get active.

All the local leisure operators are on board and keen to offer placements to newly qualified instructors. Creating a local workforce that understands fitness and disability from a personal perspective will also complement our work with Disability Rights UK and the ‘Get Yourself Active’ project in Leicester.”

Hilary Farmiloe, who manages the national InstructAbility Programme at Aspire, is keen to see the programme embedded within organisations that understand their local communities. She says, “Organisations such as GLL and LCiL are best placed to lead the project for local people in their area and link it to other employment, physical activity and health initiatives for disabled people.”

Aspire is due to announce further courses run in partnership with local organisations in 2017 and is also encouraging parties such as leisure operators, health organisations and disability charities that would like to lead the programme in their area to get in touch. Disabled people who wish to apply for a course can get further details on the website www.instructability.org.uk

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