Saudi Fitness Standards Committee holds its first meeting

Prof. Dr. Khalid Almuzaini Ph.D. appointed as the Committee Chair 

The Saudi Fitness Standards Committee (SFSC) held the first meeting. Led by the Leadership Institute in cooperation with EuropeActive, the committee has been created in Riyadh, with the support key Fitness Industry stakeholders in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The committee is composed by representatives of Leadership Institute, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, Fitness Centers, Fitness Training Providers, Equipment Suppliers, and Sport Scientists.

Professor Dr. Khalid Almuzaini, the chair of this committee, is a highly accomplished and respected leader in the field of sports science and physical activity in Saudi Arabia and across the Arab region. His accomplishments span more than 20 years and include work with both government and private sectors at high-level leadership positions, such as a former Dean of the College of sport Sciences and Physical Activity at King Saud University. Professor Almuzaini is, Currently, the president of the Saudi Universities Sports Federation, Ministry of Education. Also, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, and Professor of Exercise Physiology, College of Sport Sciences and Physical Activity, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Fitness Standards Committee’s mission is to develop fitness standards for practitioners of the Saudi Arabian Fitness sector. The new established committee will accredit, monitor and oversee the implementation of the standards and practices of training providers. In addition, will provide technical support to ensure the quality of training and the proper development of Saudi fitness Professionals. Most importantly, SFSC will ensure alignment of the Saudi Standards and fitness professionals’ competency with the fitness sector market and EuropeActive..

Aligned with 2030 vision objectives, the newly established committee has clear strategic objectives to support employability of Saudi nationals and promote sports participation. The implementation of the new fitness standards will help in increasing the number of competent fitness professionals, ensures quality of training, and the development of new careers in the fitness sector. The expected outputs are an increase in the number of fitness professionals, increased accreditation of training providers, revision of the existing educational standards plus the development of standards for new occupations.

 “The establishment of the Saudi Fitness Standards committee, the creation of the Saudi Fitness Standards aligned with EuropeActive, the creation of the register and the application of international standards on quality control are the best way LDI can support the fitness industry in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This committee will ensure the proper expansion of this growing sector as well as providing a number of professional development opportunities for the Saudi population” - Abdullah Hammad, General Manager at Leadership Institute stated.