The International Health, Racquet & Sportclub Association (IHRSA) is the fitness industry's only global trade association. IHRSA represents over 9,000 for-profit health and fitness facilities and over 650 supplier companies in 75 countries.
IHRSA's mission is to grow, protect and promote the health and fitness industry, and to provide its members with benefits that will help them be more successful. For more information about IHRSA, visit ihrsa.org.
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) was founded in the belief that unifying the efforts of the organizations focused on older adults benefits both the people they reach and the organizations themselves. Today, the vision is shared by over 8,200 organizations connected to the ICAA network.
Whether a retirement community, senior centre or fitness club, all ICAA members share a common interest in reaching older adults with active-aging messages, facilities, programmes and guidance. The ICAA supports these professionals and organizations with education, information, resources and tools so they can achieve optimal success with this market. For more information, visit icaa.cc.
EHFA is an independent and non-for-profit organisation based in Brussels representing the interests of the sector at the EU level. Through its European Register of Exercise Professionals (EREPS), EHFA's main goals are to raise standards within the European health and fitness industry and to promote best practice in instruction and training in order to help meet the challenge of rising levels of inactivity and obesity currently facing Europe. EHFA represents an industry that generates revenue of more than 22 billion Euro annually, provides employment to 370,000 people and has more than 40 million affiliates across Europe in members in public and private health & fitness clubs. For more information visit http://www.ehfa.eu.
The Fitness Industry Association
ukactive is the trade body that represents every reputable organisation in the UK health and fitness industry.
Serving over 2,800 operators in the public and private sectors, as well as 250 supplier organizations, ukactive is committed to improving the health of the nation through promoting active lifestyles and getting more people, more active, more often.
They achieve this by facilitating big impact partnerships, championing innovation, providing high quality services to members, campaigning, providing research, and sharing insights.
Matrix is proud to be the Official Partner to ukactive's FLAME awards, the industry’s benchmark awards for excellence, and a Lead Sponsor of the FLAME Conference.
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative
The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) is the national body responsible for developing sport for disabled people in England. They work closely with key Partners to develop opportunities and build awareness for disabled people in sport. One of the programmes managed by the EFDS is the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI).
The Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) works with the fitness industry to provide disabled people with opportunities to work out in an inclusive environment. Their mission is to support operators and suppliers to be able to provide even more facilities for disabled people to get and stay active.
The IFI model addresses inclusion in the widest sense, making developments in the following areas:
- Creation of accessible facilities to meet current best practice and legislation
- Installation of inclusive fitness equipment, underpinned by a coordinated research and development programme
- Training staff throughout the facility, ensuring disabled people receive a safe, effective and valuable experience
- Implementation of inclusive marketing strategies, ensuring disabled people are aware of opportunities available
- Support to ensure the industry uses more inclusive and accessible marketing through their imagery and promotion
Matrix works in partnership with the IFI as a Research Associate to support the development of equipment, which overcomes barriers to participation and enhances the workout experience and opportunity for all users.
We continue to adapt, design and develop a wide range of inclusive cardiovascular and resistance products to enable as many people as possible to benefit from regular exercise, training and conditioning to improve their health and fitness.