During the 1990's, Fitness Centers and Spas were a new concept in Private Country Clubs and Club Communities. Those Private Clubs that took a gamble by adding Fitness Centers and Spas to their properties find that these investments now play a major role in the sale and resale of their properties and memberships. No longer are Fitness Centers and Spas considered an optional amenity within a Private Club Community, but rather a lifestyle requirement of the members. Currently, there are 6,000 private clubs nationwide, the majority of them with Fitness Centers and Spas.
Historically, the Country Club Community lifestyle revolved around golf and tennis with the PGA of America and USPTA as their governing organizations who set the standards and practices within the clubs for these activities. With the increase of Private Clubs along with the growth of Fitness Centers and Spas within them, a growing need for an organization that addresses the specific needs of these services has arisen.
Since 2000, a core group of Fitness & Spa Directors in Southeastern Florida have been meeting on a regular basis to share ideas and standardize practices in an effort to raise the quality of professional services within their clubs. This informal organization has grown from the original 10 participants to close to 60 active members representing 35 clubs, along with many more wanting to get involved. Identifying not only the growth trend for Private Clubs and Private Club Communities throughout the U.S., but also the inclusion of Fitness Centers and Spas as a part of that Club lifestyle, we felt it was time to establish a formal association.
In January 2007, a core group of Spa & Fitness Directors decided it was time to expand and the Club Spa and Fitness Association (CSFA) was formed. The CSFA is a non-profit organization, whose mission it is to establish an organization that sets best practices and maintains superior standards and ethics for Fitness, Spa and Wellness Professionals in the Private Club Sector.
To accomplish this we adhere to the following objectives:
- Provide our members with the resources and opportunities for educational growth.
- Work with colleges, universities and other national certifying entities for fitness and spa in developing curriculums for accreditation.
- Assist members with career development and job placement opportunities.
- Provide club management with highly qualified fitness, spa and wellness professionals.
- Serve as a resource center for current trends, quality programming and products.
- Encourage high ethical standards in working with clients, club management, suppliers, organization members and others