Get Active for All Pledge

Did you know that 1.5 billion people in the world are living with a disability?

Physical activity offers numerous benefits, yet too few people are active - and people with disabilities are even less likely to be active. Cue the Get Active for All Pledge—the first step in moving towards greater inclusion of people of all abilities in fitness and sport. Signing the pledge is a commitment to the goal of getting adults and children of all abilities active. What happens after you sign is up to you, but we'll provide support and resources along the way.

What Is the Purpose of the Pledge?

The purpose of this pledge is simple: Inspire the industry to empower adults and children with disabilities to be more active.

When you sign the pledge, you’re committing to the goal of getting adults and children of all abilities active!

Clubs alone cannot address every single barrier, but we have the power to create an inclusive sport and fitness sector. We can help people of all abilities achieve full participation in sports and fitness, and make sure no one feels unwelcome or intimidated.

Physical inactivity is a global problem, and the outlook is often worse for those living with disabilities. When the UNESCO Chair asked fitness clubs about their members with disabilities, 57% reported having 10% of members—or fewer—with disabilities, and 28% reported not having any members at all with disabilities.

What Is the Get Active for All Pledge & Where Can You Sign?

The Pledge

“I commit to the global goal of an inclusive sport, fitness, and physical activity sector that fully includes adults and children with disabilities, and support efforts to create and sustain a universal culture of inclusivity within the sector.

“I will work with industry peers and disability stakeholders, seeking opportunities to innovate and adapt practices, so that together, we further the participation of people of all ages and abilities in exercise and sport.”

The movement is happening now, and leaders in the fitness sector are already on board. We need you to join them.

So, what are you waiting for? Sign the pledge today!

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What Happens After You Take the Pledge?

After signing the pledge, we’ll send you introductory resources to help accomplish the goals outlined in the pledge.

These resources include information on Universal Fitness Innovation & Transformation (UFIT), launched by IHRSA and the UNESCO Chair in Inclusive Fitness, Sport & Recreation, PE, with partners across the globe in 2015.

UFIT is a global social change movement that helps health clubs build their capacity to welcome people of all abilities into the club. UFIT and the IHRSA Foundation provide training, support, and resources to help clubs change their culture to one of accessibility and inclusivity.

UFIT provides a pathway designed to help clubs move toward greater inclusion.

The first step on that pathway is signing the Get Active for All Pledge.

Step 2: Becoming a UFIT Supporter

Clubs who are ready to commit to advancing inclusion in their fitness facilities and the industry as a whole sign on as UFIT Supporters, joining the UFIT movement and advocating for inclusion in the sport and fitness sector.

Step 3: Becoming UFIT Recognized

Clubs who have started implementing some inclusive practices can become UFIT Recognized. Recognized clubs receive a UFIT Recognized certificate and access to a wide range of resources, including UFIT Explorer, which provides guidance and insight on an extensive range of disability types, thus enabling staff across a club to better cater to people's needs and design and implement programs. Learn more.

Step 4: Becoming a UFIT Champion

When clubs are ready to see how they can do more, there is the UFIT Champion process through the IHRSA Foundation’s ACCESS Health: Inclusive Fitness initiative.

Becoming a UFIT Champion is a comprehensive, immersive process to optimize inclusion in the club. Learn more.

Step 5: Becoming a UFIT Ambassador

Finally, after becoming a UFIT Champion and leading the way on inclusivity, clubs can become UFIT Ambassadors. Ambassadors promote UFIT with peers and media when opportunities arise.