Gym Buddy scheme
The Gym Buddy scheme provides disabled people with volunteer support to enable them to access physical activity more readily in a gym environment.
This scheme (run by the English Federation of Disability Sport) currently supports Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) accredited sites to recruit, train and support Gym Buddies.
You can follow this link to their website to find out more and look for participating gyms and centres near you.
The Gym Buddy’s role is to:
- accompany and/or work out alongside disabled user(s) within the fitness suite and provide additional support e.g. adjusting weight stacks/ start positions and programming consoles etc.
- provide additional support within the fitness suite during timetabled supervised sessions or as and when is convenient for the disabled person and Gym Buddy
- motivate, encourage, mentor and befriend a disabled person and support them in achieving their fitness goals
- help break down barriers to participation for disabled people, such as access, communication, social and psychological.