eLearning Fitness Project closes with eye on future
The eLearning Fitness (eLF) Project, led by the University of Rome La Sapienza and Federazione Italiana Aerobica e Fitness (FIAF), is drawing to a close at the end of December, but its eLearning platform and pilot register for fitness instructors and personal trainers are set to become permanent features of the Health Fitness sector. ISCA is one of over 90 Associate Partners from 27 countries (plus 19 core partners) involved in the project, which was funded for three years under the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme.
The eLF Project was initiated in response to an increasing need to ensure that fitness instructors and personal trainers develop sufficient skills to carry out their work in a growing sector. The project has focused on eLearning as an accessible and flexible way for budding fitness professionals to attain qualifications meeting the European Health and Fitness Association’s (EHFA) standards for group fitness instructors in aerobics, muscle conditioning and aquafitness (European Qualification Framework Level 3) as well as individual fitness instruction in weights, resistance machines and cardio fitness equipment (Level 3) and personal training (Level 4).
The eLF online training platform utilises the Moodle eLearning platform and the system has been tested by hundreds of students over the course of the project. FIAF’s President Dr. Paolo Adami says the project’s results have been promising and that the platform will be available in Europe and beyond after the project’s completion.
“We have had over 500 students registered for the testing of the four different training courses, which have been translated into 16 languages. I can say that we are very satisfied and the eLF Network continues to grow, which means that the Project has been very well accepted and the fitness industry is ready to use it for the benefit of the sector,” he says.
The second aspect of the project was to establish a pilot national register for fitness professionals in countries that do not have any official records of practicing fitness instructors and personal trainers. Participants in the project who complete the online training courses will automatically be included on the pilot register and the plan now is for the project’s partners to make sure that formal registers are accepted in their own countries in accordance with their national regulations.
With partner involvement stretching as wide as the United States and New Zealand, the eLF Project is expected to have a positive impact on how fitness programmes are delivered in the future worldwide.