What is Safer Spaces to Move?

‘Safer Spaces to Move’ is a dedicated project between ukactive and Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign designed to help women and girls to feel safer and more confident while being active in gyms, fitness spaces and leisure facilities.

The Safer Spaces to Move project provides resources, training and guidance for the sector to reduce some of the barriers women and girls face in taking part in physical activity and creating spaces that are inclusive and enjoyable for all.

We take all forms of harassment seriously and want everyone to use our services and facilities comfortably. We work hard as an organisation to remove barriers to exercise and believe that everyone has the right to exercise without fear. The Safer Spaces to Move guidance will bring clarity to all organisations to confidently take strides towards promoting safe and welcoming environments for all. This initiative highlights clear opportunities for positive change in the sector and we look forward to continuing our collaboration with UK Active, This Girl Can and other contributing operators.

Olivia Tyler - National Fitness Assurance Lead, Nuffield HealthSafer Spaces to Move Taskforce Member

I am hugely passionate about ensuring that everyone can feel safe participating in physical activity in a gym environment to pursue their health and fitness goals. Whilst the gym can be a very positive space for many, we recognise there are situations where behaviour of some can have a huge impact on others ability to move with confidence. The Safer Spaces to Move Taskforce has enabled me to draw upon my years of experience as a Personal Trainer (PT) to take into consideration some of the challenges we may face, whilst educating others to identify what could constitute harassment - and to give women in particular the confidence to speak up and be heard, knowing appropriate action will be taken. I look forward to the learnings and evolution of the project as we go.

Laura Hoggins - Personal Trainer Safer Spaces to Move Taskforce Member