Trainers and instructors at Spas and private sports academies now require a licence to practice their profession in the UAE, according to a workshop by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) in association with the Reps Emirates Sports Facilities Management.
The workshop on licencing procedures and registration of trainers in Abu Dhabi fitness clubs at the ADSC auditorium on Monday (April 9) was attended by Hamad Aref Al Awai, general secretary of ADSC, Nasser Al Tamimi, chief executive officer of Reps, and representatives of fitness clubs in Abu Dhabi.
Khalaf Saleem Al Wahid, ADSC's head of the Licensing Department, emphasised the need to register fitness trainers based on their qualifications.
The regulations for the licensing procedures for football academies include handball, basketball, volleyball, as well as the regulations for the licensing of fitness clubs, he said.
Al Tamimi stressed that the licencing of fitness trainers from the academies was to regulate and ensure the teachers met the qualifications and requirements required to be employed in the fitness industry in the country.
Reps works to protect those involved in physical activity and practice and serves as a guarantee and source of confidence of the public and employers, that all employees registered in this field are competent, knowledgeable, qualified and skilled to ensure their effective performance, he said.
Reps works closely with the country's fitness industry to achieve a common vision for this field of work, including raising standards and professionalism in this field and playing an important role in combating obesity and other disorders.