There are mutliple barriers to accessing exercise for poeple from specific demographics. Mainly, those from a lower socio-economic background are most likely to be inactive (33%), this is even greater for young people from lower socio-econoimc bakcground (39%). Other groups who have limited access to exersice include those with disabilities, mental health challenges, older people and communities from ethnic minority groups. For example, disabled people are almost twice as likely to be physically inactive, compared top those without a disability. These barriers are unacceptable and Ignite believes everyone should have the equal access to exercise and sport.
Ignite has a non-for-profit CrossFit box which was launched to create a safe and accessible space for disadvantaged and/or marginalised people from all walks of life to access exercise. We believe that everyone should have access to exercise and out CrossFit focuses on inclusivity and accessibility, we provide some fo the most vulnerable members of our community with CrossFit classes in a safe space which can be tailored to their needs. For example, we work with many people with mental health challenges and we ensure class sizes are small and quiet to create an intimidation free environment. This funding will go towards expanding our reach and providing CrossFit to more disadvantaged people.
Ignite Life is best placed to deliver this project due to our close relationships with other organisations, schools, and local authorities within our community which help us to reach 'hard to reach' groups of people. Our facilities are a safe space for people get active and access exercise. Additionally, our coaches have had safeguard training and years of experience in supporting vulnerable people. We have been able to observe the hugely positive impact CrossFit has on peoples lives, and being able to tailor the classes around each persons unique needs, allows them to be accessible to all. We are able to offer classes these classes free of charge, eliminating additional economic barriers.