AoC Sport partners with Natspec and the Royal National College for the Blind to demonstrate inclusive fitness training at the Skills Show

AoC Sport has partnered with Natspec and the Royal National College for the Blind (RNC) to demonstrate inclusive fitness training at the Skills Show in Birmingham, as part of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition event.

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The Fitness Trainer Competition will see eight Gym Instructors and six Personal Trainers compete at the event at the NEC this month, which is expected to attract more than 80,000 visitors across three days.

And as part of the event, a group of RNC students from Level 1 Sport and Active Leisure, Level 2 Instructing Exercise and Physical Activity and Level 3 Personal Training courses, will be travelling to the Skills Show from Hereford on Saturday 19 November to demonstrate their unique skills in front of the visitors to the show.

These students will share the gym area with the finalists of the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition who will be competing in the space on the Thursday and Friday of the Skills Show. These finalists will work in the gym area to demonstrate the wider skills needed by an industry-ready fitness instructor.

AoC Sport is thrilled to have partnered with RNC to demonstrate the inclusive skills which can be offered by specialist colleges across the country, especially in the sport and physical activity sector.

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Clare Howard, Chief Executive of Natspec; The membership organisation for specialist providers said: “Natspec is delighted that AoC Sport and RNC are showcasing an inclusive Fitness Trainer Competition at this year’s Skills Show.

“We are continuing to work with WorldSkills UK to develop inclusive skills competitions in a range of different sectors in order to help close the gap in disabled and non-disabled employment levels.

“Employers need to recognise that students with a disability can make a valuable contribution to their industry.”

Christopher Pitts, Competition Manager for the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition said: “This is going to be an amazing showcase by RNC at the Skills Show and I’m so pleased they are able to support the competition and demonstrate the wide range of inclusivity we should be seeing in the industry.

“We’re working with the Inclusive Skills Portfolio Group to ensure that skills in the Sport & Physical Activity industry for students with a disability are given the profile they deserve.”

MORE: Meet the WorldSkills UK Fitness Trainer Competition finalists

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