Fitness For All

Free or discounted memberships to Inspire's Fitness Centre in Marsascala for people with physical and/ or intellectual disabilities as well as individuals on the Autism Spectrum.

  • Despite the many benefits of partaking in sport activities, participation of persons with physical and/or intellectual disabilities remains low. 
  • Through this project, Inspire seeks to provide access and participation to sport and fitness activities to a number of individuals with physical and/or intellectual disabilities who would not otherwise be able to participate in such activities. 
  • We will do so through the implementation of a scheme which would offer a free or discounted membership to its Fitness Centre in Marsascala to individuals with various disabilities. 
  • Through this project, we will be overcoming the barrier of poverty for persons with disabilities to participate in such beneficial activities. 
  • Moreover, the fact that such an opportunity is being provided within Inspire’s Fitness Centre makes it all the more relevant for this specific target group, since it is the only fully accessible fitness centre in Malta.


Who can benefit from this scheme ? *

Individuals with any of the below conditions / disabilities can benefit from this scheme :

  • Cerebral Palsy 
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Multiple Sclerosis 
  • Spina Bifida 
  • Amputations 
  • Paralysis 
  • Huntington’s Chorea 
  • Total permanent malfunction of lower extremities, both upper extremities, or a mix of upper & lower extremities 
  • Spinal cord injuries 
  • Head injuries 
  • Stroke 
  • Neurofibromatosis 
  • Poliomyelitis 
  • Down Syndrome 
  • Dandy Walker Syndrome 
  • Fragile X Syndrome 
  • Tuberous Sclerosis Syndrome 
  • William Syndrome 
  • Landau-Kleffner Syndrome 
  • Prader – Willi Syndrome 
  • Heller’s Syndrome (Childhood Disintegrative Disorder) 
  • Rett Syndrome 
  • Cri Du Chat Syndrome 

As well as for the following, when the condition is considered severe and debilitating :

  • Parkinsons’ Disease 
  • Dystonia 
  • Dyspraxia 
  • Fibromalygia 
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Cardiovascular Disease 
  • Global Developmental Delay
  • Hydrocephalus 
  • Microcephalus 
  • Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)
  • Tourette’s Disorder 
  • Severe conduct disorder 

*terms and conditions apply

How is this even possible ?

Inspire's Fitness Centre has always been open to individuals of various abilities. In the past free or discounted memberships to people with such conditions and disabilities were mainly funded through full memberships paid by other individuals.  For this year, whilst this scheme is being funded by The Malta Community Chest Fund, making it more sustainable, membership fees paid by other individuals will continue to support Inspire's programmes and disability services.


  • Regular participation in sport and physical activities provides various social and health benefits. Not only does it have a direct impact on physical fitness, but it also instils healthy lifestyle choices among children and young people. 

  • A number of studies conducted by the World Health Organisation have also highlighted that physical exercise can stimulate positive mental health and cognitive development. 

  • Young people benefit tremendously from physical activity. Combined with a school curriculum, physical activities and sport are necessary for a comprehensive education (Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning). 

  • By taking part in sport and physical activities, students are exposed to sport’s key values, including teamwork, fair play, respect of the rules and others, cooperation, discipline and tolerance. 

  • These skills are essential for future participation in group activities and professional life, and can stimulate social cohesion within communities and societies. Given the personal and social development benefits sport offers, increasing access and participation is a primary development goal. 

  • Sport contributes to making cities and communities more inclusive and make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. With regards to the inclusion of people with disabilities for instance, sport can foster social development by changing perceptions about people with disabilities and providing such people with an opportunity to participate in sport despite significant barriers.

  • Other benefits of physical exercise include psychological gains such as an improvement of mood-state, with a reduction of anxiety and depression, an increase in self-esteem and feelings of greater self-efficacy, sociological gains include new experiences, new friendships, and a countering of stigmatization. Perceived health is also improved, and in a more long-term perspective there is a reduced risk of many chronic diseases.  Finally, physical fitness improves the likelihood of employment, with less absenteeism and enhanced productivity;

Interested? Send us an email :

*terms and conditions apply

* Free or discounted memberships will be granted according to the severity of the disability & impact of the disability on the individual's daily functioning. Where this isn’t clear from the application form, an assessment will need to be carried out by a physiotherapist at a charge of €10.